Chief Judge Valentine to step down

Jerald A. Valentine, chief judge of the Third Judicial District Court, has announced he will retire at the end of this year. Full Story
sincamisa

Santa Fe, NM

#1 Nov 16, 2010
Good luck Judge Valentine on your retirement. I think that of all the Judges your temperament was the best; tolerant and courteous, yet maintaining the dignity and decorum necessary for a court of law.
Sad

Las Cruces, NM

#2 Nov 16, 2010
I will be sad to see Judge Valentine step down. I appeared before him as I did battle with a creditor who was trying to intimidate and defraud me. Judge Valentine was kind, gentle, even handed, and extremely professional. He helped me understand the process and kept the wolves from tearing me apart. I hope and pray that who ever replaces him is as good. Thank you Judge Valentine for your service.
Jade

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Nov 16, 2010
Hopefully, Govenor Martinez will make sure that the judicial standards commission starts holding these judges we have in the district court accountable for their unprofessional/unethical behaviors. For example, Judges who makes up their mind about a case based on hearsay from unethical "good ole boy" attorneys that have no problem lying in the courtroom. Judges that ignore evidence. Judges that don't question evidence of illegal activities. Judges that aren't professional enough to recuse themselves when they can't be impartial. Judges that promote embroilment in their courtroon. Judges that base their rulings and decisions on whether they like the litigant and the attorney rather than on the evidence. Judges that abuse their judicial power and are unprofessionally demeaning and condescending. Judges that intimidate attorneys and litigants. Judges that show definate sexual bias.
Judges are evaluated by the Judicial evaluation commission ( JPEC). The Judicial evaluations are readily available to the public on line and easily accessible. Some of the judges already have negative evaluations.
A judge should be professional and listen to both sides as well as look at evidence presented by both sides. If a judge is not willing to listen to each individual court case with an open mind, he or she should not be a judge. Every case is individual and the professional thing for a judge to do is to consider evidence from both sides and if he or she can't be impartial they need to be professional enough to recuse themself from the case. I certainly hope that Govenor Martinez appoints either Rick Wellborn or Susan Reidel to the district court. I believe either one would be a great asset to the third judicial court.
Johnny Law

Las Cruces, NM

#5 Nov 16, 2010
You will be missed Judge. There will be a void and whomever replaces you, will have some tough shoes to fill.
Raider

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Nov 16, 2010
With Susana leaving town, valentine would have been lost in his ruling. Who was going to tell him how to rule? Way to go Jerry, you got your balls back now it's time to leave.
Native New Mexican

Las Cruces, NM

#7 Nov 16, 2010
Judges that base their rulings and decisions on whether they like the litigant and the attorney rather than on the evidence.

This is exactly what Judge Valentine did during a custody hearing for a young boy who was obviously more connected to his father then his mother and the evidence was in the court room to prove such attachment to his father, but because Fernando Macias and Judge Valentine were both seeking political offices the decision for custody was given to the mother who was proven to be having an extramarital affair in which the young boy was in the room while some of the sexual activity occurred. His decision for custody had terrible impact on the then 7 year old boy. He did not decide custody based on the best interest of the child. The good thing is, the boy suvived, but the bad thing is, Judge Valentine lost much respect at the decision made based on his own relationship with the opposing attorney....crap decision!!

A judge should be professional and listen to both sides as well as look at evidence presented by both sides. If a judge is not willing to listen to each individual court case with an open mind, he or she should not be a judge. Every case is individual and the professional thing for a judge to do is to consider evidence from both sides and if he or she can't be impartial they need to be professional enough to recuse themself from the case.
Publius

Farmington, NM

#8 Nov 16, 2010
@Jade The governor has nothing to do with the Judicial Standards Commission. And if either Riedel or Wellborn gets on the bench, it would be the worst thing for Dona Ana County.
Dave

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Nov 16, 2010
Jade wrote:
Hopefully, Govenor Martinez will make sure that the judicial standards commission starts holding these judges we have in the district court accountable for their unprofessional/unethical behaviors. For example, Judges who makes up their mind about a case based on hearsay from unethical "good ole boy" attorneys that have no problem lying in the courtroom. Judges that ignore evidence. Judges that don't question evidence of illegal activities. Judges that aren't professional enough to recuse themselves when they can't be impartial. Judges that promote embroilment in their courtroon. Judges that base their rulings and decisions on whether they like the litigant and the attorney rather than on the evidence. Judges that abuse their judicial power and are unprofessionally demeaning and condescending. Judges that intimidate attorneys and litigants. Judges that show definate sexual bias.
Judges are evaluated by the Judicial evaluation commission ( JPEC). The Judicial evaluations are readily available to the public on line and easily accessible. Some of the judges already have negative evaluations.
A judge should be professional and listen to both sides as well as look at evidence presented by both sides. If a judge is not willing to listen to each individual court case with an open mind, he or she should not be a judge. Every case is individual and the professional thing for a judge to do is to consider evidence from both sides and if he or she can't be impartial they need to be professional enough to recuse themself from the case. I certainly hope that Govenor Martinez appoints either Rick Wellborn or Susan Reidel to the district court. I believe either one would be a great asset to the third judicial court.
You must be talking about Judge Driggers! Your description fits him to a T. I've heard about some of his cases and that sounds like him. He has negative comments on his 2008 Judicial performance evaluation. As for the corrupt and unethical attorneys that lie in the courtroom, they need to be reported to the Supreme court. Unfortunately, in this town, the attorneys are either corrupt and unethical "Good Old Boys" that the judge is partial to or they are completely incompetent even though they charge their clients outragious fees for doing next to nothing on a case. There are a few good attorneys though, such as Mary Rosner, she's got the guts to appeal questionable orders and stand up to these judges, especially Judge Driggers. She can also call these unethical attorneys on their behaviors. Let's see, what attorney sees Mary Rosner as his Archrival??????
Elsie YesSir - Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM

#10 Nov 17, 2010
I have known Judge Valentine since he was a new lawyer in town, and he served me as lawyer. I later knew him as a judge, and he was the same very intelligent, careful professional. We will miss you, Jerry, and best of wishes in your well-deserved retirement.
dave

El Paso, TX

#11 May 15, 2012
Dave wrote:
<quoted text>You must be talking about Judge Driggers! Your description fits him to a T. I've heard about some of his cases and that sounds like him. He has negative comments on his 2008 Judicial performance evaluation. As for the corrupt and unethical attorneys that lie in the courtroom, they need to be reported to the Supreme court. Unfortunately, in this town, the attorneys are either corrupt and unethical "Good Old Boys" that the judge is partial to or they are completely incompetent even though they charge their clients outragious fees for doing next to nothing on a case. There are a few good attorneys though, such as Mary Rosner, she's got the guts to appeal questionable orders and stand up to these judges, especially Judge Driggers. She can also call these unethical attorneys on their behaviors. Let's see, what attorney sees Mary Rosner as his Archrival??????
Response-- How do you say Mary Rosner is a good attorney? She has Contempt of court several times. She steps way out of bounds in following procedure. She badgers witnesses. Calls witnesses names and gets warned of contempt. What guts do you call that. Really!!! Mary Rosner for for Judge, I THINK NOT!!!!!
Ex- El Paso resident

Las Cruces, NM

#12 May 15, 2012
Judge,

Thank you for coming forward on the issue of Judges being appointed for donations going to our prior Governor.

You have integrity.

Ashame our ex govenor and Judge Murphy and well as some other entrusted to do the right things did not.

Enjoy your retirement. You will be missed.
disintegratingju stice

Glendale, AZ

#13 May 16, 2012
How about the issue of Judges(Nelson Goodin) being appointed for donating 20 percent of their time to a 5 year-old witch-hunt with a little bit of this(malicious prosecution) and a little bit of that(perjury) that ends in a 'unusual' directed verdict. LOL

www.disintegratingjustice.com

With their new book out at Barnes and Noble about the unethical 3rd Judicial District Court and coverage of another of the many Martinez witch-hunts, looks like it's business as usual in Santa Fe.

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