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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

In the past dozen years, state and local judges have repeatedly escaped public accountability for misdeeds that have victimized thousands. Nine of 10 kept their jobs, a Reuters investigation found -- including an Alabama judge who unlawfully jailed hundreds of poor people, many of them Black, over traffic fines.

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Judge Les Hayes once sentenced a single mother to 496 days behind bars for failing to pay traffic tickets. The sentence was so stiff it exceeded the jail time Alabama allows for negligent homicide

Marquita Johnson's three children were cast into foster care while she was incarcerated. One daughter was molested, another was physically abused

In 2016, the state agency that oversees judges charged Hayes with violating Alabama's code of judicial conduct. Hayes broke state and federal laws by jailing Johnson and hundreds of other Montgomery residents too poor to pay fine

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-07-01 07:13 AM | Reply

Judges believe they ate Frat bros, and they can get away with almost anything and remain members of their frat. Fraternities, even on college campuses, are places where the rules are suspended for the bros. I have always disdained all fraternities and sororities, they are just places where priveleged people get to look down on everyone else. Elitist bastions for spoiled brats. I have never had the slightest respect for any of them.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2020-07-01 08:31 AM | Reply

These are all OBAMA judges

I came to this conclusion based on zero evidence but I'm going to chortle it anyway

- visitmakrisnipratboazberlyjohnson

#3 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2020-07-01 01:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'd like to say I'm shocked. I'd also like to say I'm rich, young, and good looking. Neither statements are true.

#4 | Posted by billy_boy at 2020-07-01 08:51 PM | Reply

OK, I am surprised that I post the following... but please read the entire comment..

Maybe, just maybe there does exists a Deep State.

But it is not the Deep State that the Republicans are so afraid of.

It is a Deep State of people, appointees for life, who "have repeatedly escaped public accountability for misdeeds," to cite the article in question.

Escaping public accountability..

How has public accountability been escaped? And how can it be reined in?

Are all the Judges that the Republicans so proud that Pres Trump has appointed for life just part of the Deep State of unelected officials?

Think about that...

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-07-02 12:21 AM | Reply

The concept of lifetime appointments is deeply flawed. No one should hold a position of power for life. All people in positions of power should have to come up for some type of public review every 10 years or so. Otherwise it is a recipe for what is actually the basis for this thread.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2020-07-02 08:12 AM | Reply

You judges had better watch your steps. It's not good to make enemies...
--The Hon. Joseph Force Crater

#7 | Posted by catdog at 2020-07-02 09:30 AM | Reply

"The concept of lifetime appointments is deeply flawed."

"Appointees for life"

The vast majority of judges at the local level are elected, not appointed.

The problem is that people are too lazy and stupid to learn anything about the judges on the ballot in each election so they don't realize they are re-electing someone unfit for the position.

IOW, voters waive their right to hold them accountable.

#8 | Posted by eberly at 2020-07-02 09:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Tons of Racist Good Ole Boy Republican Judges...
And now Mitch 'Da Bitch' McConnell just added
a ton more, many, thoroughly unqualified, all to
support the, 'Southern Confederate Way of Life',
which is going, going, gone...

What a failure of vision. What a dismal statement
towards the future...

#9 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-07-02 11:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

155 yrs + and counting since the Civil War...
and the South and the GOP STILL CANT GET OVER IT...

Talk about Sore Losers...

#10 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-07-02 11:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"What a failure of vision. What a dismal statement
towards the future..."

We need a Constitutional Amendment to allow a way of ridding ourselves of judges with lifetime appointments. Clarence Thomas and several other SC Justices should be removed from the the SC. Many lower court judges should be too. What is American thinking about while we allow unqualified, racist, ideological crazies to rule in our courts? Time to wake up America and actually become a democracy and I just don't care if the founding fathers like it or not. I don't feel any allegiance to follow the leadership of slave owners 200 years after they wrote a Constitution that didn't actually represent the statement that "all men are created equal." Our Constitution has functioned detrimentally to a large percentage of our population for far too long. Our Constitution is responsible, right now, for the disastrous presidencies of both George W. Bush and Donald Trump.
You may disagree with my politics but the financial disasters of both are simply undeniable.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2020-07-03 08:52 AM | Reply

"The problem is that people are too lazy and stupid to learn anything about the judges on the ballot in each election so they don't realize they are re-electing someone unfit for the position."

You are right and I agree the voters don't know who they are electing and that is why I have never agree with the concept of electing judges. Judges should be selected through a process that examines their qualifications and their judicial sentiments by their peers which are lawyers. In the world we live in I just can't blame average voters for not spending more time learning more about the people running for Judge. Most people are stressed out to the max trying to survive, I know I don't have the time nor energy to really look in to the history of those running for Judge. I know I should but life doesn't make that a real priority and I wonder, honestly, do you? If you do then I applaud you but I am just not so dedicated.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2020-07-03 08:57 AM | Reply

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Actually I do. I took some advice years ago regarding voting in local elections and realizing how much more I'm impacted by those elections than who occupies the WH.

And for all the time spend here whining about or supporting Trump, that time could be better spent on studying candidates running for....

District attorney
District court judge
City council
County commissioner
School board
State rep
State senator

You're a fool to believe Donald Trump has a bigger impact on your life than the folks I just referenced.

#13 | Posted by eberly at 2020-07-03 01:19 PM | Reply

You're probably right about that, I will at least try to get more informed about the local races. In the last Moyor's race we did follow it sort of closely and have watched as the new Mayor has done none of the things he said he would do, though, in his defense we have had the virus to deal with and huge issues with our sewer systems which are old and have been erupting all of the city.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2020-07-03 01:29 PM | Reply

The problem is that people are too lazy and stupid to learn anything about the judges on the ballot in each election so they don't realize they are re-electing someone unfit for the position.

Completely agree.

It's also why incumbents have a better shot at winning.

People figure, they're already doing the job and everything's "fine".

#15 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-07-03 02:00 PM | Reply

"You're a fool to believe Donald Trump has a bigger impact on your life than the folks I just referenced."

While I generally agree with that sentiment, this may be a poor time in history to suggest as much: Trump's incompetence dealing with the pandemic will probably have much further reaching consequences than we realize, particularly via increased health problems and costs.

#16 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-07-03 02:02 PM | Reply

#13

Yeah I started following all of those race much more carefully about 5 years ago. It started with the school board and some issues but once I got doing the research it snowballed into every state and local election since. My wife is less interested in politics so usually she just gets my slate of local candidates and goes with that but even so that puts her well ahead of 90% of local voters.

As to the judges we had one here who was kicked off the bench for public intoxication specifically he peed on a guys bush while drunk. He was not disbarred and became a lawyer instead. One of my buddies was arrested on 6 felony drug counts and he was the lawyer for him. The court session was impressive to watch. The guys boyfriend was charged with the same counts but had a different lawyer. So he goes up and she is a bulldog throws most of the charges back on my friend and the boyfriend gets off with some public service hours. So my friends lawyer gets up there and after this big impassioned defense I'm expecting something similar. Nope he stands up says "Your Honor my client is a good kid who made some mistakes and has learned a valuable lesson here, we are asking for the felony diversion program. Are we still on for tennis this Saturday?"

My friend got felony diversion which according to the law with 6 counts and the quantities involved he should not have even been eligible for. That was the moment I realized how screwed up our judicial system is, I mean yay for my friend but, man that's messed up.

#17 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2020-07-03 02:03 PM | Reply

Judges should be selected through a process that examines their qualifications and their judicial sentiments by their peers which are lawyers Mitch McConnell.

Unfortunately, that's the recent reality which will keep America regressive for at least the next 50 years.

#18 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-07-03 02:07 PM | Reply

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