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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Should We Not Criticize Judges?

U.S. District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow (LEF'-koh) told the Senate Judiciary Committee the safety of judges around the country is at stake. The federal judge whose family was murdered is urging the Senate to condemn harsh remarks about the judiciary. She says, "Fostering disrespect for judges can only encourage those who are on the edge, or the fringe, to exact revenge on a judge who ruled against them." In her prepared remarks for today's hearing, she also urged Congress to "publicly and persistently repudiate" what she calls "gratuitous attacks on the judiciary" that occurred after the Terri Schiavo (SHY'-voh) case. Ms. Lefkow's family was murdered by an apparently emotionally disturbed person. However, freedom of speech is not to be somehow restricted because Judge's may have thin skin or become targets of the disturbed. My experience with the judiciary would not leave me with any forthcoming compliments of a judge's opinion. In fact, I would be harshly critical of family court judge's who repeatedly show gender bias in family cases and refuse to simply enforce laws. A friend of mine created a website which was used against him by the Indiana Supreme Court in a stated opinion overturning the Indiana appeals court which ruled in his favor. They went so far as referring outside of the parameters of the case itself to site my friends website and his criticism of judges. Why are the judges immune from activism which goes beyond their duty to follow the law? When do judges become accountable? Is this blog against the laws of this countries Constitution, the Bill of Rights or state law because it's writer expresses an opinion on judges? I think not but I would refer you to PigCircus.com to see how criticizing judges and the judiciary is blatantly used to set judicial opinion and guidance! The Attic would never condone violence against judge, we will opine with free will and would suggest judges look into the mirror before suggesting we change our Constitution to satisfy their deficiencies. In many cases activist judges, ones with personal prejudice and agendas, contribute to aiding someone on the "edge" to jump over the proverbial cliff.

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