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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-25-06 11:29 AM
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1. Good night, nurse! I lived in NYS (NYC, actually) for 38 years and
Edited on Mon Sep-25-06 11:30 AM by mcscajun
never knew about this.

This paragraph was incredible (but then, the whole situation is):
Several justices have threatened to arrest litigants in small-claims cases, showing they do not understand the difference between civil and criminal cases. Others have told the judicial conduct commission that they disagreed with the constitutional guarantee that a defendant is entitled to a lawyer.

More shocking:
But one of the most common prejudices on view in the commissions files is far more basic, and it can be found as often in the big-city suburbs that have official-looking courthouses and lawyers on the bench.

In 20 years in office in Haverstraw, north of New York City in Rockland County, Justice Ralph T. Romano drew attention for his opinions on women, state files show. Arraigning a man in 1997 on charges that he had hit his wife in the face with a telephone, he laughed and asked, What was wrong with this? Arraigning a woman on charges that she had sexually abused a 12-year-old boy, the justice asked his courtroom, Where were girls like this when I was 12?

This is all quite horrifying, especially when you consider that these "justices" make up 66 percent (!) of all NYS judges, and clearly something must be done, but will it?
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  -Broken Benchs - Ex: Every woman needs a good pounding every now & then." WePurrsevere  Sep-25-06 09:24 AM   #0 
  - Good night, nurse! I lived in NYS (NYC, actually) for 38 years and  mcscajun   Sep-25-06 11:29 AM   #1 
  - I want to find out which states are the 29 others like NY. Once that's  WePurrsevere   Sep-25-06 04:49 PM   #15 
     - Ooh, I skipped over that little fact. Hope NJ isn't one of 'em, but  mcscajun   Sep-25-06 07:22 PM   #16 
        - Thank you very much for the link. It's a great starting point. This is an  WePurrsevere   Sep-26-06 08:15 AM   #26 
  - Jesus H. Christ on a pogo stick.  impeachdubya   Sep-25-06 11:34 AM   #2 
  - I disagree with you about "Welcome to Bush's America"  Jim Lane   Sep-26-06 06:59 AM   #25 
     - I was referring to a mindset.  impeachdubya   Sep-26-06 11:24 AM   #27 
        - Yes, I agree with you about the mindset.  Jim Lane   Sep-26-06 11:52 AM   #28 
  - district justices here do not need to be lawyers  tigereye   Sep-25-06 11:44 AM   #3 
  - Last itme I heard was Non-Lawyers need to take a Six Weeks Course  happyslug   Sep-27-06 10:12 AM   #35 
  - And the hell with the law.  madmusic   Sep-25-06 12:29 PM   #4 
  - Scalia thinks the same way... Here's his infamous quote  SoCalDem   Sep-25-06 01:43 PM   #7 
  - link to that quote (in case anyone doubts your post)  Bozita   Sep-25-06 01:47 PM   #8 
  - "harmless error"  madmusic   Sep-25-06 03:23 PM   #12 
  - I hate, hate, hate it when people use the term "common sense"  Iris   Sep-26-06 07:08 PM   #32 
  - There are judges  Marie26   Sep-25-06 12:31 PM   #5 
  - Recommended reading from the frontpage of today's NYT  Bozita   Sep-25-06 12:36 PM   #6 
  - District Justices in Pennsylvania have no requirements either  bleedingheart   Sep-25-06 01:49 PM   #9 
  - Were these folks appointed or elected?  bleedingheart   Sep-25-06 01:55 PM   #10 
  - Judges and court officials should never be elected, I think.  Donald Ian Rankin   Sep-25-06 03:57 PM   #13 
  - Yet judges (not only justices like this) are still elected in communities  mcscajun   Sep-25-06 07:27 PM   #19 
  - I like the idea of elected Judges.  happyslug   Sep-27-06 03:10 PM   #41 
  - They're elected into most if not all positions. In some areas a part  WePurrsevere   Sep-25-06 04:44 PM   #14 
  - They are elected. It's mentioned three times in the article.  mcscajun   Sep-25-06 07:26 PM   #18 
  - you know...I need better reading glasses...I read it but I was  bleedingheart   Sep-25-06 07:36 PM   #23 
  - These are elected Positions in both NY and PA.  happyslug   Sep-27-06 02:53 PM   #40 
  - holy fuck  WindRavenX   Sep-25-06 01:56 PM   #11 
  - Quite right.  mcscajun   Sep-25-06 07:28 PM   #21 
  - !  Solly Mack   Sep-25-06 07:25 PM   #17 
  - I've got an idea  kiahzero   Sep-25-06 07:27 PM   #20 
  - Not surprised at all by this...  cynatnite   Sep-25-06 07:32 PM   #22 
  - Check for your state here  mcscajun   Sep-25-06 07:40 PM   #24 
  - Does "Limited jurisdiction" always mean the judges are voted in  WePurrsevere   Sep-27-06 09:08 AM   #33 
     - No, "Limited Justis diction" means they can only hear certain cases  happyslug   Sep-27-06 10:14 AM   #36 
     - TY, I sort of thought so but I haven't been able to find the correct term  WePurrsevere   Sep-27-06 10:31 AM   #37 
        - Various names, the Common Law name was "Justice of the Peace"  happyslug   Sep-27-06 02:43 PM   #38 
     - "Limited jurisdiction" does not always mean judges voted in,  mcscajun   Sep-27-06 05:02 PM   #43 
  - WOW. I thought this thread was going to be about sexist remarks  135th   Sep-26-06 11:52 AM   #29 
  - So maybe some progressives could get elected to these benches?  eppur_se_muova   Sep-26-06 05:56 PM   #30 
  - It may sound odd but I wonder how many of us have voted for someone w/o  WePurrsevere   Sep-26-06 07:03 PM   #31 
  - Unbelievable article. These are petty tyrants!  Strawman   Sep-27-06 09:19 AM   #34 
  - Only 8 recs.  madmusic   Sep-27-06 02:49 PM   #39 
     - More like "Who's gonna fix it?"  Kagemusha   Sep-27-06 03:10 PM   #42 

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