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Friday, July 20, 2007
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
You didn’t think the high lord SITH
Acting Chief Judge “Darth” Grossman was going to just sit back and take that devastating memo from Judge Elijah “Luke” Williams, did you?
Neither did we.
Here is Judge Grossman’s reply memo, replete with reasonable sounding explanations for his actions.
Apparently the Broward Diversity Board met last evening with Darth Grossman acting as “Charles in Charge.” (We’ve got to stop mixing our popular culture metaphors. Its just that so many apply here.)
First off, Darth Grossman decided that since maybe a little more diversity training for the Judges North of the Border wouldn’t be so bad after all, especially since the cost will be minimal. We have always said it doesn’t cost a plug nickel to act ethically.
Then Darth Grossman turned his attention to Judge Williams.
He wrote a memo explaining the innocent nature of his meddling in the Diversity Board.
But then, being a High Lord Dark Sith, he could just not resist taking one more shot at the man he embarrassed:
The memo concludes with this little dig:
“I hope that you would reconsider your resignation as you did at Judge Ross’ request the last time you resigned as Chair some months ago.
Acting Chief Judge until they pry that title and gavel from my cold hands.”
Rumpole says: At times we often feel a need to resort to technical legal language to adequately display out feelings in a professional manner. This is one of those times:
What a jerk!
Does that really sound like the words of a wise, honest, and compassionate jurist?
Just what did Darth Grossman think he was accomplishing with that last line? First he usurps the authority of Judge Williams. Then he unilaterally decides not to allow the Diversity Board to implement the judicial training and complaint process that Judge Williams and the Board members were working so hard to create. And finally, after being blistered in public for his actions that offended everyone, he fires back at Judge Williams and tries to humiliate him.
The Broward Blog published the link to these memos first. Good for them. That is how you have to deal with bullies. You shine the cold harsh light of truth and publicity on them, and make them try and act in their bully and demeaning ways with everyone watching.
See You In Court.