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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

AWWWW It Looks Like Attorneys in FL, are Afraid of Getting THEIR Feeding Tubes Pulled!

I hold off my commentary for the end of this post.



TALLAHASSEE -- The tragic and high visibility case of Terri Schiavo has resulted in an unprecedented and unjustified attack upon our judiciary. Regardless of anyone's personal or political feelings about the Schiavo case, this is a critical time for Americans to recognize the vital role of the judiciary in maintaining the rule of law and the importance of the separation of powers among the three branches of government.

It is in times like these that we should recognize that our judges, on a daily basis and not just in high profile cases, have the duty and responsibility to protect the rights and liberties afforded to all of us by law. Judges have no control over which cases come before them and they will inevitably be involved in deciding difficult and unpopular cases. When presiding over a case, judges make rulings based solely on the Constitution and other laws, and not their own feelings or personal beliefs.

While we may disagree with decisions and actions of public officials including judges, it is entirely unacceptable and unfair for our judges to be criticized and even vilified when no judicial basis for such criticism exists. Unfortunately that is what is happening as emotions heighten in the Terri Schiavo case. Florida newspapers are now reporting that Circuit Judge George Greer has not only been accused of murder and terrorism by congressional leaders in Washington, but has received death threats and was pressured to leave his church...... (Read the rest)

Are you kidding me? Since when is it that we can blast Presidents, Senators, etc; but the JUDGES are UNTOUCHABLE? Remember how hard their jobs are? Remember that they are servants for US? Hello? ALL 3 BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT are servants to us, face hard decisions, etc.

I just want to point out a few things:
  • First- Criticizing the judiciary is NOT off limits! Grow up and GET OVER IT! You are in the spotlight now- face it and stop whining!
  • Second- It is Freedom of Speech to criticize them. I am sick of free speech being threatened. The minute someone is criticized, people start screaming "FREE SPEECH." Where does it guarantee that Free Speech means- Speech beyond critique? WHERE?
  • Third- Having the Freedom to speak out does not mean you are protected from scrutiny and debate. I must say that death threats are CRIMINAL and those making such threats should be prosecuted AGGRESSIVELY! But stop trying to get sympathy- I don't see the President crying about all the threats he gets and using them as some sort of reason to stop people from raking him over the coals.

I speculate that the Florida Bar Association is worried about the flack on judges because they have had the judges all to themselves for too long. Let's face it- unless some HUGE scandal breaks- once elected these judges stay forever (in most cases- I know someone will put GREAT effort into research to point out at least ONE case where this is not so- I am sure they exist). Voters have been lazy- if they are not familiar with details of a particular campaign- they tend to vote party line or incumbent. Now that people are learning more about how these judges hang common sense on the hook and switch for a robe, their little world is getting a much needed microscope up their rears.

I challenge you all to do a little research. Check public records of campaign contributions to judges. It looks to me like attorneys know the legal way to keep the judges in their pockets.

Her is a rebuttal from an attorney:



  • If there were judicial humility -- judges confined themselves to interpreting the law as promulgated by the legislatures and Congress-- then criticism of judges would seem tantamount to criticism of craftmanship (of for a shoemaker for example) which the critic could not hope to equal. Since there is judicial pride -- where judges ignore the will of the Congress and the legislature and scour the world for opinions on which to hang their hat -- judges are just another political actor. They are no more worthy of respect (and perhaps a great deal less) than a person who regularly faces the populace to defend his votes and decisions. Judges as a group have ripped off their underwear and still wish to be thought of as ladies.

    By Blogger levi from queens, at 4:25 PM  

  • Might I add too, that Dissent is the most Patriotic thing we can do, not sitting around waving lil plastic chinese made flags. Unfortuneatly however dissent and freedom of speech are on the endangered species list.

    By Blogger KC, at 4:54 PM  

  • Dissent towards our government is NOT patriotic during this time of War on Terror. It gives and and comfort to our enemies.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:37 PM  

  • I would argue that the patriotism of dissent depends to some extent on the form it takes.

    By Anonymous Mary in LA, at 8:21 PM  



    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:03 PM  

  • "Dissent towards our government is NOT patriotic during this time of War on Terror. It gives and and comfort to our enemies."

    War on Terror? Where? The borders are wide open, and leak like a sieve! If they are so afraid of Terrorists they need to stop them at the source. Instead we have private citizens doing the job of the gov't!

    True Patriotism is believing and standing for the original ideals and principals of ones country.
    To dissent is to stand up for those ideals.

    We have a war that was planned long before king george got into office (Google "PNAC")~Those Docs were written before he took office, it was planned from the start, They only needed a reason, or as someone recently said, "They needed another "Pearl Harbor".

    ~Death Culture Indeed, maimed and killed kids from both sides of the war!~

    We have nazis working in our gov't, a super secret police force that according to "Rummy" would be an embarrassment if names ever got out, b/c they are the scum of the scum, evil and vile!

    We kill people for being disabled or old. We kill babies b/c they have birth defects (Live babies_ not even talking abortion)!

    We place Money over Lives in this country, can't pay your bill, got a poor quality of life we put you to death, (texas futile care bill).

    The U.S. is gone! This not the country I grew up in!

    Im sorry, but Im not politically correct, and truth hurts, I wont apologize for telling the truth.

    By Blogger KC, at 11:57 PM  

  • Thanks for the link

    By Blogger ArrMatey, at 12:46 AM  

  • Oh, poor Judge Greer. Just think he is alive and well, he isn't being starved to death by order of some judge.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:55 PM  

  • I don't care how you look at it, wrong is wrong. No one should starve to death. We are humans first.FBF8963

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:49 PM  

  • Mary, I think you are right.FBF8963

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:51 PM  

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