Comments on: “‘Legally Insane’ Judge Wins Re-Election in Chicago” http://overlawyered.com/2012/11/legally-insane-judge-wins-re-election-chicago/ Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:15:52 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Ron Miller http://overlawyered.com/2012/11/legally-insane-judge-wins-re-election-chicago/comment-page-1/#comment-184373 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 02:23:58 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34116#comment-184373 I’m with ya, Leland.

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By: Leland D. Davis http://overlawyered.com/2012/11/legally-insane-judge-wins-re-election-chicago/comment-page-1/#comment-184325 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:59:26 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34116#comment-184325 OK, here in Idaho, I trust the police and prosecutors more than in certain parts of the country. In Bingham County (I live in Blackfoot,ID), we had a woman, whose elderly mother, known to be terminally ill, lived with her. The dying elderly woman had a prescription for opiate drugs. When she was found dead (suprise suprise – never mind that her physician wasn’t suprised), the body was screened for drugs. On the basis that we had an elderly dead woman with traces of opiates, foul play was presumed. The daughter, who is an instructor at Idaho State University, was arrested mid-lecture in front of the class, in a showboating manner. Later, of course, the entire criminal case fell apart. Guess what? The prosecutor and the sheriff just both got voted out of office, this year. Now, tell me, what would the likely outcome have been if it had been left up to the “professionals” to decide what the outcome should be? There are strong guild tendencies to want to protect ones own, and I do not think that judges, prosecutors, cops, or anybody else is immune from these tendencies.

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By: DYSPEPSIA GENERATION » Blog Archive » “‘Legally Insane’ Judge Wins Re-Election in Chicago” http://overlawyered.com/2012/11/legally-insane-judge-wins-re-election-chicago/comment-page-1/#comment-184324 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:14:43 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34116#comment-184324 [...] Read it. [...]

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By: Ron Miller http://overlawyered.com/2012/11/legally-insane-judge-wins-re-election-chicago/comment-page-1/#comment-184320 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:42:17 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34116#comment-184320 People can absolutely vote on issues and can vote on juries and make meaningful choices. What they can’t do is figure out who should be a judge. Why is that? Because you would literally have to sit in a judge’s courtroom day in and day out to do that. Approving or not approving of a judge is just not something that voters can do or even a appointed group of lawyers because no one is going to take the time to do that.

Other positions I don’t believe we should elect:

* Police corporals
* Guy who works the line #23 at MVA
* Assistant to the deputy mayor
* Third grade aide

There may be more.

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By: gitarcarver http://overlawyered.com/2012/11/legally-insane-judge-wins-re-election-chicago/comment-page-1/#comment-184317 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:35:26 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34116#comment-184317 “Reason # 1315431 of why electing/approving judges at the ballot box is a bad idea.” – Ron Miller 11-12-12 2:15 PM.

“I’ve said it before on here: someone explain why we let the common man vote if he is so dumb. The vote in the election on Tuesday is a lot more important than a single jury verdict. Why do we give these people so much power. I have unconfirmed reports of people without even a college degree voting? Can you imagine?” – Ron Miller 11.08.12 at 2:44 pm

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By: Mike http://overlawyered.com/2012/11/legally-insane-judge-wins-re-election-chicago/comment-page-1/#comment-184316 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:03:45 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34116#comment-184316 The problem here is not the fact that this judge attained office because of an election, it is that Chicago, like most cities, is essentially a one-party town. Brim could not have been placed on the ballot without the support of the Democratic party leaders.
Appointed judges would be chosen by the same political leaders, acting through their cat’s-paws on the appointment committee.

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By: Bill Poser http://overlawyered.com/2012/11/legally-insane-judge-wins-re-election-chicago/comment-page-1/#comment-184290 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:00:01 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34116#comment-184290 I wonder if judges in Illinois must be members of the bar in good standing. If so, presumably the problem could be dealt with by disbarring her or suspending her license.

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By: Ron Miller http://overlawyered.com/2012/11/legally-insane-judge-wins-re-election-chicago/comment-page-1/#comment-184281 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:16:55 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34116#comment-184281 Reason # 1315431 of why electing/approving judges at the ballot box is a bad idea.

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By: Sampler platter. « Whipped Cream Difficulties http://overlawyered.com/2012/11/legally-insane-judge-wins-re-election-chicago/comment-page-1/#comment-184279 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:31:30 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34116#comment-184279 [...] 63.5 percent of the vote, folks. (Hattip on this to Overlawyered.) [...]

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