Lots of sniping on the blog between anonymous individuals portending to be the supporters of these two candidates.
Ms. Parks is embroiled in her second run-off in as many campaigns for circuit court. We admire her tenacity. Ms. Parks brings a solid and well rounded resume to her quest for the bench, including time as a nurse. A diverse background is a valuable asset to a conscientious jurist.
Ms. Tinkler-Mendez is well known to the denizens of the REGJB, as she has spent almost her entire career in criminal defense, working with some of the very best attorneys we have in this town. Were she to win this run-off, the bench would gain a very capable and experienced jurist.
Perhaps it’s time for the sniping to stop and the candidates to speak? We invite both to send us an email which, according to our policy, will go up un-edited, with the understanding that about two pages of written material is all a good post should have.
OK. Have at it.
And while you’re at it, call off the dogs in the comments section.
What can go wrong with the wrong judge on the bench?
Glad you asked.
The NY Times, in an article reported today on the abuses of small state courts in New York, where many judges did not even complete high school.
Here are some of the highlights:
While hearing a request for a restraining order:
The justice, Donald R. Roberts, a former state trooper with a high school diploma, not only refused, according to state officials, but later told the court clerk, “Every woman needs a good pounding every now and then.”
During a hearing involving a fight in a bar:
A black soldier charged in a bar fight near Fort Drum became alarmed when his accuser described him in court as “that colored man.” But the village justice, Charles A. Pennington, a boat hauler and a high school graduate, denied his objections and later convicted him. “You know,” the justice said, “I could understand if he would have called you a Negro, or he had called you a nigger.”
And finally, speaking for frustrated judges everywhere:
Several people in the small town of Dannemora were intimidated by their longtime justice, Thomas R. Buckley, a phone-company repairman who cursed at defendants and jailed them without bail or a trial, state disciplinary officials found. Feuding with a neighbor over her dog’s running loose, he threatened to jail her and ordered the dog killed.
“I just follow my own common sense,” Mr. Buckley, in an interview, said of his 13 years on the bench. “And the hell with the law.”
See You In Court.