Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Judges

"Power does not corrupt men; but fools, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power." --George Bernard Shaw

A district Judge in the United States is the most powerful position one can achieve. As a District, you can award money, take away land, take away a child, and take away a life. What other occupation gives control of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"? I was reading a legal journal the other day and came across this quote from the Great Shaw. It reminds me of a couple of local Judges that have corrupted power. I occasionally have to appear in front of one in particualar and the only thing I respect is the robe. The attorneys in our office constantly have to hold there tongues. He's already held one of ours in contempt for a closing argument (we have that on appeal) and ordered the attorney to serve jail time. The problem with Districts is once there in here they're a bear to get out.

Janet

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