UPDATE: Judge Pinero being picketed by supporters of the anti-christ. Herald article here.
We guess there are worse enemies a judge could make. Maybe Judge P should put a few bucks on 666 in the daily lottery. Just a thought.
Sent to us by a long time and careful blog reader, we present to you a bill in the Florida Legislature to REDUCE the salaries of all elected or appointed officials (including ahem...the salary of Judges) by 5%.
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to public officials; reducing the
3 compensation of certain public officials for the 2009
4 2010 fiscal year; prohibiting the payment of bonuses
5 to such persons; providing for future legislative
6 review; providing an effective date.
8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
10 Section 1.â€ƒ(1)(a)â€ƒThe salary of any elected or appointed
11 public official in this state whose compensation from public
12 funds was $65,000 or more in the 2008-2009 fiscal year shall be
13 reduced by 5 percent for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
14 (b)â€ƒIn addition, such public officials may not receive a
15 bonus for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
16 (2)â€ƒThe Legislature shall review this issue during the 2010
17 legislative session.
18 Section 2.â€ƒThis act shall take effect July 1, 2009.
HELP WANTED: Must be a member of the Florida Bar more than five years; demonstrated ability to work from 10-2; no need to play well with others; intemperate character a plus.
Apply Governor Charlie Crist, Tallahassee, Florida (The Sunshine State). Salary non-negotiable and subject to be reduced 5% every year.
Query: Isn't there something, somewhere, that we learned in law school, about separation of powers that prevents a legislature from messing with the salaries of the judicial branch. Not that we think there's anything wrong with it.
Of course, every Judge can just return to their high-powered legal practice that they enjoyed before coming on the bench, right? Right? You know, the practice we hear about ad nauseum in chambers. The one where they prepared every case within a month after arraignment and then tried the case a week later. The one where they tried 40 cases a year and lost maybe one. The one where they made millions but sacrificed it all for public service.
That's the practice they can return to. Or not.