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Opinion | Letter to the Editor: Making Sense About the New Courthouse

"Speaking to people with deep familiarity, it became clear that the court system is much more dependent upon the other branches of government (the executive branch for administration and ownership of facilities, and the legislature for funding) than I had previously understood.  The independence of the courts is delicately reliant on the good opinion of the public, and they are correspondingly reluctant to be pulled into local controversies."