Longtime and careful readers of the blog know that our respect for the judiciary knows no limits.
Now back to reality.
Despite our feelings about certain individuals who, like the Viet Cong, wear a version of black PJs to work, about the only thing we despise more than some lawyer who failed in private practice but has an "electable" name, are yahoo Florida legislators who try to make a name for themselves by introducing stupid but populist legislation.
Meet Representative John Wood, Winter Haven (M)*, who has introduced a bill for term limits for appellate judges, including justices of the Florida Supreme Court.
Said Mr. Winter after removing the blade of grass from his mouth:
"When a governor appoints somebody in their 40's to the Supreme Court- and Lawton Chiles comes to mind- and they are going to serve there for another 28 or 30 years, is that right?"
Rumpole answers: Yes, that is just fine. Unless of course Mr. Winter would have wanted Justice Scalia tossed from the bench 16 years ago in 2000, having served since being appointed in 1986.
What Mr. Winters really means is "I don't want no liberal, commie, pinko, soft on crime judges serving if I don't like them. But of course conservative judges should serve as long as they can."
Retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding was quoted in opposition to the bill:
"I could not help but think that one of the proper roles of the judiciary is to have qualified judges..."
Noting that Justice Grimes took a 40K pay cut in 1973 to serve first on the second DCA before being appointed to the Supreme Court, Harding noted that Grimes told him he would never have done that without knowing that he would have the expectation to devote the rest of his legal life to the judiciary. Harding then noted this, which pleased us greatly:
"I really have a significant fear that, in my conversations with people that have served on judicial nominating commissions to find that there are numbers of unqualified people who are seeking judicial appointments because they are unable, in the practice of law, to make what a judge would make."
Your fear, Justice Harding, is well placed sir. Welcome to our world.
See You In Court.
* M= moron.
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