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Friday, May 20, 2005

Swamp Muck Is Thicker Than Blood

The Empire Journal reports continuing evidence of the good old boy relationships among the various, should I say nefarious, judicial participants in the murder of Terri Schiavo. It seems that now the Honorable U.S. District Court Judge James Whittemore is not so honorable after all.

Whittemore was hip deep in the swamp relationships with George Felos and his ex-wife, the former Constance McCaughey, who had earlier represented Michael Schiavo. McCaughey had not only known Whittemore, but was a member of the judicial nominating commission that recommended him for his judicial position on the 13th Judicial Circuit Court of Hillsborough County where he served until he was nominated by President Clinton for the Middle District of Florida in 1999 and confirmed.

For more details, read the whole story!

It seems that the Florida Gulf Coast swamp extends all the way north to Atlanta, Georgia.

Right Wing Nut Job


  • While I thought Whittemore's decision was a parody of judicial restraint and while I would not be surprised if there were a conflict of interest, this article does not establish such a conflict. Because a prior (or current for that matter) lawyer on a case in the past recommended a person for a judgeship as a part of a judicial panel would in no way disqualify that judge for ruling on a case for that lawyer. Avoiding disqualification is why panels make these recommendations.

    On the other hand, this Judge Shames had clear reason to disqualify himself. Shame on him.

    By Blogger levi from queens, at 5:25 PM  

  • You ok Sherry? No posts since Thursday. I shall pray more for you.

    By Blogger levi from queens, at 4:33 PM  

  • Best of the Web has a paragraph of special interest to SUWS readers. Scroll down to "Killing Leslie Burke." He is apparently trying to preemptively prevent the NHS (this is a UK story) from removing a feeding tube if his condition degenerates such that he requires one. The NHS is opposing him in court, claiming the right to make all such patient care decisions on their own.

    By Blogger levi from queens, at 4:43 PM  

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