Saturday, November 28, 2015

Oh, those judicial races!

Philadelphia and Pennsylvania elects and retains judges and justices, apparently without any consideration.

Oh, those judicial races!


(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a/k/a BE)

JB: Chief, how bout them judicial elections?

BE: We are indeed a city and state of thoughtful, serious voters.

JB: You mean since Philly elected four judges that the bar association deemed "not recommended?"

BE: Yeah, for one example. Just shows voters trust judges and wanna-be judges more than lawyers.

JB: I suppose that's one way to look at it. And statewide? Ron Castille, regardless of the supreme mess his court has been, regardless of the fact he can only serve one year of his new 10-year term? He was retained. I mean what's the deal, Castille?

BE: Nobody remembers that phrase.

JB: I do.

BE: Nobody remembers anything. Judicial voting is like driving the turnpike. It's EZPass democracy.

JB: Oooh, I like that.

BE: Didn't you recently sit down with Castille?

JB: Guilty.

BE: Talk about his authoring the opinion that even though state lawmakers repealed the 2005 salary hikes for themselves and judges all the judges got to keep it?

JB: Oh, I forgot about that!

BE: Talk about how he and his court dragged their robes on the Luzerne County "kids of cash" scandal?

JB: That was a mess, huh? On the other hand, he was easily retained Tuesday, no muss, no fuss, including by nearly 2-to1 in Luzerne County.

BE: Nobody remembers anything.

JB: Wait, what were we talking about?

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