In difficult cases, in unpopular cases, in cases that may draw criticism from the executive branch of government, the legislature, the media, or the general populace, it is essential that judges be insulated from public pressure. However much we believe in the strength and integrity of the human spirit, we cannot expect judges to do justice without establishing an institutional framework that guarantees them that their next decision, however loathsome or unpopular, will not be their last.
R. Lawrence Dessem, Foreword Sandra Day O'connor, Earl F. Nelson, and State Judicial Selection and Retention, 74 Mo. L. Rev. 473 (2009)