how judges are made

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ANTHONY

Morristown, TN

#1 Jun 28, 2012
THERES A VERY EASY PATH TO JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS NOWADAYS AND HAS BEEN THIS WAY FOR QUITE SOME TIME.
WE'RE TALKING ABOUT BELL COUNTY IN PARTICULAR, BUT MAY BE HAPPENING ALL OVER THE COMMONWEATLH AND WE NEED TO PUT A STOP TO IT.
ALL OF YOU WILL AGREE THAT A SITTING JUDGE, WHEN COMING UP FOR ELECTION TO STAY AT HIS JOB, MOST OF THE TIME, THEY HAVE AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE OF KEEPING THEIR JOBS YET ANOTHER TERM.
LETS SAY, A CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE DECIDES TO RETIRE. IF HE AND THE EXISTING GOVERNOR PLAY THEIR CARDS RIGHT, THEY CAN CHOOSE WHO THEIR REPLACEMENT WILL BE POSSIBLY FOR THE REST OF THAT REPLACEMENT'S LIFE.
LETS SAY, THE CURRENT DISTRICT JUDGE IS THE "CHOSEN" ONE TO BECOME THE NEW CIRCUIT JUDGE. "CHOSEN (NOT) BY THE PEOPLE, BUT BY THE RETIRING CIRCUIT JUDGE AND THE EXISTING GOVERNOR AT THE TIME.
ALL AN EXITING DISTRICT JUDGE HAS TO DO, WHEN HE SWITCHES FROM THE DISTRICT COURT TO THE CIRCUIT COURT, IS TO LEAVE EARLY WITH TIME LEFT IN HIS TERM. IT IS HE WHO DECIDES (IN MOST CASES), WHO THE NEXT DISTRICT JUDGE WILL BE.
THE NEW CIRCUIT JUDGE CHOOSES HIS SUCCESSOR TO FILL OUT THE TERM OF THE DISTRICT JUDGE POSITION. IN THE LAST CASE, IT WAS YOAKUM. YOAKUM BECOMES THE NEW DISTRICT JUDGE. ITS A SHORT TERM THATS LEFT, BUT WHOMEVER THAT DISTRICT JUDGE IS AT THE TIME, IN MOST CASES, BECAUSE HE IS NOW CONSIDERED AS AN INCUMBENT SITTING JUDGE, WHEN THE NEXT ELECTION IS HELD, MOST PEOPLE (MOST OF THE TIME), WILL ELECT THAT INCUMBENT BACK TO THE BENCH, BECAUSE PEOPLE AUTOMATICALLY FEEL HE IS A SEASONED JUDGE AND SHOULD BE ELECTED TO THE BENCH.
TO SUMMARIZE, THE CIRCUIT JUDGE CHOOSES HIS OWN REPLACEMENT TO THE DISTRICT COURT. SAY FOR SIX MONTHS OF WHATS LEFT IN THAT DISTRICT JUDGE POSITION. YOAKUM COMES ONTO THE DISTRICT COURT BENCH FOR SIX MONTHS UNTIL THE TERM ENDS.
THEN YOAKUM HAS THE UNFAIR ADVANTAGE OF BEING ALREADY A SITTING JUDGE WHEN THE ELECTION HAPPENS TO FILL THAT DISTRICT COURT SEAT. MOST PEOPLE (IN MOST CASES) WILL VOTE FOR THAT ALREADY SITTING JUDGE.
WHAT THE PEOPLE NEED TO DO, IS TO VOTE TOTALLY AGAINST SOMEONE WHO HAS ONLY BEEN IN OFFICE LONG ENOUGH TO FINISH THE TERM OF THE JUDGE BEFORE HIM. LETS STOP LETTING ONE JUDGE DECIDE WHO THE NEXT JUDGE WILL BE. SURE, WE HAVE NO CHOICE IN THE MATTER, WHEN ONE JUDGE APPOINTS SOMEONE ELSE TO FILL WHATS LEFT OF HIS FORMER JUDGE SEAT. THIS SEEMS TO BE A CONTINUING THING.
BUT ITS UP TO THE VOTERS OF BELL COUNTY, WHEN THAT SEAT COMES UP FOR ELECTION,(NOT) TO VOTE FOR WHOMEVER IS TEMPORARILY OCCUPYING THAT SEAT.
ITS AN UNFAIR SITUATION.
I LIKE THE CURRENT CIRCUIT JUDGE. I DONT EVEN KNOW YOAKUM. BUT THIS TYPE OF CHOOSING THEIR OWN REPLACEMENT, SHOULD COME TO AN END.
DONT LET A TEMPORARY APPOINTED JUDGE (THAT WAS NOT VOTED IN BY THE RESIDENTS OF BELL COUNTY), CONTINUE TO SERVE IN THAT SEAT.
Goob

Warner Robins, GA

#2 Jun 28, 2012
ANTHONY wrote:
THERES A VERY EASY PATH TO JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS NOWADAYS AND HAS BEEN THIS WAY FOR QUITE SOME TIME.
WE'RE TALKING ABOUT BELL COUNTY IN PARTICULAR, BUT MAY BE HAPPENING ALL OVER THE COMMONWEATLH AND WE NEED TO PUT A STOP TO IT.
ALL OF YOU WILL AGREE THAT A SITTING JUDGE, WHEN COMING UP FOR ELECTION TO STAY AT HIS JOB, MOST OF THE TIME, THEY HAVE AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE OF KEEPING THEIR JOBS YET ANOTHER TERM.
LETS SAY, A CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE DECIDES TO RETIRE. IF HE AND THE EXISTING GOVERNOR PLAY THEIR CARDS RIGHT, THEY CAN CHOOSE WHO THEIR REPLACEMENT WILL BE POSSIBLY FOR THE REST OF THAT REPLACEMENT'S LIFE.
LETS SAY, THE CURRENT DISTRICT JUDGE IS THE "CHOSEN" ONE TO BECOME THE NEW CIRCUIT JUDGE. "CHOSEN (NOT) BY THE PEOPLE, BUT BY THE RETIRING CIRCUIT JUDGE AND THE EXISTING GOVERNOR AT THE TIME.
ALL AN EXITING DISTRICT JUDGE HAS TO DO, WHEN HE SWITCHES FROM THE DISTRICT COURT TO THE CIRCUIT COURT, IS TO LEAVE EARLY WITH TIME LEFT IN HIS TERM. IT IS HE WHO DECIDES (IN MOST CASES), WHO THE NEXT DISTRICT JUDGE WILL BE.
THE NEW CIRCUIT JUDGE CHOOSES HIS SUCCESSOR TO FILL OUT THE TERM OF THE DISTRICT JUDGE POSITION. IN THE LAST CASE, IT WAS YOAKUM. YOAKUM BECOMES THE NEW DISTRICT JUDGE. ITS A SHORT TERM THATS LEFT, BUT WHOMEVER THAT DISTRICT JUDGE IS AT THE TIME, IN MOST CASES, BECAUSE HE IS NOW CONSIDERED AS AN INCUMBENT SITTING JUDGE, WHEN THE NEXT ELECTION IS HELD, MOST PEOPLE (MOST OF THE TIME), WILL ELECT THAT INCUMBENT BACK TO THE BENCH, BECAUSE PEOPLE AUTOMATICALLY FEEL HE IS A SEASONED JUDGE AND SHOULD BE ELECTED TO THE BENCH.
TO SUMMARIZE, THE CIRCUIT JUDGE CHOOSES HIS OWN REPLACEMENT TO THE DISTRICT COURT. SAY FOR SIX MONTHS OF WHATS LEFT IN THAT DISTRICT JUDGE POSITION. YOAKUM COMES ONTO THE DISTRICT COURT BENCH FOR SIX MONTHS UNTIL THE TERM ENDS.
THEN YOAKUM HAS THE UNFAIR ADVANTAGE OF BEING ALREADY A SITTING JUDGE WHEN THE ELECTION HAPPENS TO FILL THAT DISTRICT COURT SEAT. MOST PEOPLE (IN MOST CASES) WILL VOTE FOR THAT ALREADY SITTING JUDGE.
WHAT THE PEOPLE NEED TO DO, IS TO VOTE TOTALLY AGAINST SOMEONE WHO HAS ONLY BEEN IN OFFICE LONG ENOUGH TO FINISH THE TERM OF THE JUDGE BEFORE HIM. LETS STOP LETTING ONE JUDGE DECIDE WHO THE NEXT JUDGE WILL BE. SURE, WE HAVE NO CHOICE IN THE MATTER, WHEN ONE JUDGE APPOINTS SOMEONE ELSE TO FILL WHATS LEFT OF HIS FORMER JUDGE SEAT. THIS SEEMS TO BE A CONTINUING THING.
BUT ITS UP TO THE VOTERS OF BELL COUNTY, WHEN THAT SEAT COMES UP FOR ELECTION,(NOT) TO VOTE FOR WHOMEVER IS TEMPORARILY OCCUPYING THAT SEAT.
ITS AN UNFAIR SITUATION.
I LIKE THE CURRENT CIRCUIT JUDGE. I DONT EVEN KNOW YOAKUM. BUT THIS TYPE OF CHOOSING THEIR OWN REPLACEMENT, SHOULD COME TO AN END.
DONT LET A TEMPORARY APPOINTED JUDGE (THAT WAS NOT VOTED IN BY THE RESIDENTS OF BELL COUNTY), CONTINUE TO SERVE IN THAT SEAT.
You've been in jail haven't you???
mike

Corbin, KY

#4 Jun 28, 2012
Goob wrote:
<quoted text>You've been in jail haven't you???
goob i have to agree with anthony. and let me take his point one step futher. politics has no place in the criminal justice system, when a judge takes an oath to office he agrees to be impartial. when you see things that we seen with little jimmie pursiful and craig rolston how can you say or defind the fact that we have a sitting judge that is fare to everyone. we need a system in place where the people that are seeking the office of circuit or district judgeships is elected by the people. then a panal of citizens appoint the best qualified man or women for the job. that goes for all ellected postions in the court house. then and only then will see the good old buddy system stop.
Mondello

Knoxville, TN

#5 Jun 28, 2012
Goob wrote:
<quoted text>You've been in jail haven't you???
I haven't and I agree with what was said. And forget the old lawyer stories about only the people who lose have complaints. That's all it is - an old lawyer story. We have judicial complaint review boards for a reason and the number of complaints has been growing over the years. Most times judges don't even have anyone run against them because its costly and difficult when they have an advantage going in. The public generally has no idea about their legal expertise because we seldom get all the facts brought out. The local situation is but one example of its all insider politics.
ANTHONY

Morristown, TN

#6 Jun 28, 2012
I KNOW THAT ALOT OF PEOPLE WILL NOT BELIEVE ME, BUT THE ONLY JAIL IVE BEEN IN, WAS WHEN I APPLIED FOR A "RIDE ALONG PROGRAM" OVER IN WEST VIRGINIA. THE COP THAT I WAS RIDING ALONG WITH TOOK A DRUNK IN AND I WAS INVITED INSIDE THE JAIL HOUSE TO LOOK AROUND.
I ALSO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO RIDE ALONG WITH THE CHICAGO POLICE ABOUT THIRTY YEARS AGO.
YES, I WAS ONCE LAW ENFORCEMENT MYSELF, BUT ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL.
I JUST DO NOT CARE TOO MUCH ABOUT A JUDGE LEAVING ONE JUDICIAL SEAT, GOING TO A HIGHER JUDICIAL SEAT AND BEING ABLE TO NAME HIS SUCCESSOR TO HIS PREVIOUS SEAT, WHICH HE LEFT MONTHS PREMATURELY, IN ORDER TO GIVE THE JUDGE HE APPOINTS TO FULFILL THE REMAINING PART OF HIS TERM, AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE OF BEING A SITTING JUDGE WHEN THE ELECTION COMES UP FOR THAT SEAT.
A JUDGE SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO LEAVE HIS JUDICIAL SEAT BEFORE HIS TERM IS UP. PERSONALLY, I DONT THINK THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO ADVANCE TO THE NEXT JUDICIAL POST, IF THEY DO NOT WORK OUT THE PREVIOUS ONE.
I HAVE ALOT OF RESPECT FOR BOWLING. I HAVE ALOT OF RESPECT FOR COSTANZO (MORESO). I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AGAINST YOAKUM.
BUT THIS TYPE OF SUCCESSION NEEDS TO BE STOPPED.
JUST DONT THINK ITS FAIR FOR JUDGES TO QUIT THEIR JUDICIAL SEATS PREMATURELY, IN ORDER TO BRING THEIR OWN CHOICE OF A REPLACEMENT JUDGE INTO OFFICE.
IN THE FUTURE, WE SHOULD TURN DOWN THAT REPLACEMENT JUDGE WHEN THE TEMPORARY JUDGESHIP ENDS AND HE RUNS IN THE NEW ELECTION.
IF ALLOWED TO CONTINUE DOING THIS, THERE COULD BE A HINT THAT A FAMILY FRIEND GETS CHOSEN OR MONEY CAME INTO THE SELECTION PROCESS.
DONT GET ME WRONG. IM NOT SUGGESTING IN ANY WAY A FAMILY FRIEND WAS EVER CHOSEN, OR MONEY TRADED HANDS IN CHOSING THE NEXT JUDGE, PAST OR CURRENT, BUT IM SAYING THE POSSIBILITIES ARE GREAT, IF YOU DONT PLUG UP THE HOLES.
ANTHONY

Morristown, TN

#7 Jun 29, 2012
IVE GOT A SOLUTION TO ONE JUDGE CLEARING THE PATH FOR SOMEONE HE CHOOSES.
THIS IS NOT JUST FOR BELL COUNTY, BUT SHOULD BE ADOPTED STATE LEVEL.
IN FACT, ALL STATES SHOULD ADOPT THIS.
WITH THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, THEY BRING INTO TOWN, WHAT IS CALLED AN "ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE". HE DOES NOT LIVE IN THIS AREA BUT IS BROUGHT IN FROM ANOTHER PART OF THE STATE OR ANOTHER STATE.
IF WE CANNOT PROHIBIT ONE SITTING JUDICIAL JUDGE FROM LEAVING HIS SEAT PREMATURELY, THUS CHOOSING HIS OWN REPLACEMENT AND PREVENTING HIM FROM TAKING ANOTHER HIGHER SEAT,(WHICH SHOULD BE LAW),
THEN......
THE STATE'S ATTORNEY GENERAL SHOULD APPOINT AN OUTSIDE JUDGE TO FILL THE SOON TO BE VACANT SEAT TO FILL OUT THE REST OF THAT TERM. ALSO, ON HIS/HER END OF THAT TERM, HE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO VOICE HIS PREFERENCE OF HIS SUCCESSOR. NOT EVEN TO HINT WHO SHOULD BE HIS SUCCESSOR.
ANTHONY

Morristown, TN

#8 Jun 29, 2012
THIS SUGGESTED SOLUTION WILL NOT EVER GET ADOPTED UNLESS BELL COUNTIANS START WRITING LETTERS TO NOT ONLY THE GOVERNOR, BUT TO THE CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE, TO ENCOURAGE HIM TO CONTACT THE GOVERNOR AND THE STATE'S LEGISLATURE, SO THIS SOLUTION CAN BE MADE INTO LAW.
COSTANZO COULD MAKE A NAME FOR HIMSELF IF HE COULD START THE BALL ROLLING ON THIS.
THIS LAW OF THE GOVERNOR APPOINTING SOMETHING SIMILAR TO A VISITING ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE TO FULFILL THE REMAINING TIME LEFT IN A JUDGESHIP, INSTEAD OF APPOINTING HIS OWN SELECTED PERSON, COULD SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

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