Hey, Phil, "Ours is a nation of laws, not judges"

from CottonMouth via the folks at Y’all:

This afternoon in a closed door meeting of Republican Senators, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant told the crowd that 5th Circuit Chief Judge Edith Jones would “take care of” legislative Republicans because Gov. Haley Barbour handled her nomination to the 5th Circuit when he was in the Reagan White House. Bryant went on to regale the caucus with his opinion that Chief Judge Jones would likely appoint Judge Leslie Southwick as the judge from the 5th Circuit, and that if that happened, “Democrats would come to us looking for a deal.”

The Lt. Governor’s remarks on redistricting reminded me of this jewel in my drafts file: (h/t Above the Law)

… neither this court, nor any other court, can tolerate a situation where a judge decides to follow his/her own custom and concepts of justice rather than the precedent of the applicable appellate court or the United States Supreme Court. Ours is a nation of laws, not judges.

All for now, Nowdy

Guest Opinion: Law & Grace calls for Judicial Reform in response to the Impeachment of Judge Thomas Porteous

“I am the President / Founder of Law & Grace, Inc, a social justice, 501 (c) (3) corporation. I am hoping that two particular statements that I posted in response to the nola.com September 11, 2010 article entitled: “Judge Thomas Porteous the crook on trial: An editorial”  might become the beginnings for judicial changes.  In case there are folks interested in joining, helping, planning some types of judicial reforms, I am offering my views on SLABBED in this kickoff phase.  Persons in accord with the idea of reform are welcome to sign up, join in, help out, give suggestions, etc at this brainstorming / development stage.  I’ve just began thinking about such an attempt today.  So updates, information, future developments will be provided either via the Law & Grace website or via SLABBED, or both.  Without any revisions, here’s what I wrote:

Edith, when the article (see the link below) was written years ago about you telling the Federalist Society about legal corruption, you could have better served Louisiana –as well as the sullied judicial system which you and your kind mistakenly think, or think that public is naive enough to think if Porteous leaves, the air will be cleaner –as if only Porteous needs to go. You should have named those persons and their deeds SINCE YOU WORK AMONG THEM –and you had enough first-hand experience enough to talk about them years ago. It seems that you deceitfully spoke against corruption while all this time you have shielded it. How can you be proud of yourself? What reason do you and your kind think you should be called, ‘your honor’??!! Did you EVER have a conscience when that article was written with YOUR words!!?? Did you use your speech and platform so you could get recognition, nomination, and then a seat on the Supreme Court? I am SO glad it didn’t happen.

Because you are part of the problem and not the solution to Louisiana’s atrocious judicial system, you deserve to inhale the stench you helped and watched foment. Mouth says anything, especially when it garners praise (and does not rock the boat). You, and those who act like they want an ethical court system need to DO something rather SAY anything which makes it appear you are ‘not like them’. Louisiana has been hurting far too long. There just aren’t enough JUDICIAL JUNKETS, hunting trips, carnival balls, college scholarship, law clerk positions, and other gratifying things to be obtained which can allow people to escape their consciences. There was a time when I cited that article. Now to me, you are an example of a person who sees the bridge is out, but you stand and direct traffic right to the place where people fall to their peril. Here’s your wonderful article: Continue reading “Guest Opinion: Law & Grace calls for Judicial Reform in response to the Impeachment of Judge Thomas Porteous”

O’Dwyer Complaints of judicial misconduct tossed by Judge Edith Jones

Before reporting Judge Jones’ decisions, I want to make it clear that I did not consider Ashton’s complaints of judicial misconduct and his “pot of gold information” one in the same.  That said, and with further discussion saved for a day when I have more time, I move on to the two Orders issued by Judge Jones.

O’Dwyer filed Judicial Misconduct Complaint Nos. 05-09-90128 and 10-09-90129 against  United States District Judges Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. and Ivan L.R. Lemelle.  Complaint Nos. 05-09-90130 through 05-09-90141 were directed toward United States Circuit Judges Carolyn Dineen King, W. Eugene Davis, Jacques L. Wiener, Jr., Emilio M. Garza, James L. Dennis, Edward C. Prado, Jennifer W. Elrod, Leslie H. Southwick, Thomas M. Reavley, Will Garwood, and Rhesa H. Barksdale and United States District Judge Ron Clark.

Attorney Ashton R. O’Dwyer, Jr. has filed a judicial misconduct complaint, and several supplemental complaints, against United States District Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. who has presided over the Katrina Canal Breaches Consolidated Litigation [hereafter “Katrina Canal Litigation”], and against United States District Judge Ivan R. Lemelle who presided over O’Dwyer’s suspension and disbarment proceedings and other litigation.’

O’Dwyer’s allegations of misconduct are largely conclusory in nature, and are based on his dissatisfaction with rulings in, and the results of, the underlying proceedings. Continue reading “O’Dwyer Complaints of judicial misconduct tossed by Judge Edith Jones”