AWWWW It Looks Like Attorneys in FL, are Afraid of Getting THEIR Feeding Tubes Pulled!
BAR PRESIDENT DENOUNCES ATTACKS ON JUDICIARY
STATEMENT OF KELLY OVERSTREET JOHNSON, PRESIDENT OF THE FLORIDA BAR
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: