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Re: “The folly of electing judges: Partisanship and disdain for the Constitution UPDATE

As a lawyer for 20+ years in a State where judges are appointed and then confirmed by the Senate, the idea of electing judges is just so incredibly bizarre. How is any litigant supposed to think that an attorney's contribution to an election campaign didn't effect an outcome? It's crazy. The judiciary must be independent.

Appoint judges and confirm them, subject to reviews by a judicial performance committee with objective criteria (number of reversals, demeanor, timeliness of decisions, knowledge of the law, etc). That's the only way to stay true to the idea of an independent judicial branch.

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Posted by David Perry Davis on 05/18/2018 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Trump's popularity among Arkansas Republicans remains overwhelmingly high

Astounding. Just astounding. 86% of the people he's screwing the worst support him? Trashing environmental protections for "The Natural State"? Slashing Medicaid and now food stamps for one of the states that use those benefits the most? Driving us off a fiscal cliff with a $1.5 trillion deficit-driven tax giveaway to the richest 1%? Etc etc etc.

Why Arkansans aren't first in line for Bernie Sanders is just amazing.

How do you convince people to stop voting for their own death and malnutrition and to vote in their own self interest? This is nuts.

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Posted by David Perry Davis on 04/25/2018 at 11:25 PM

Re: “State law encourages whistle blowing on disabled parking space abuse

Yeah, here's a public official doing it on video. Think anyone will issue him a ticket? LOL... fat chance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS81kT8MAr…

Posted by David Perry Davis on 08/12/2017 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Former junior high school coach charged with sex crimes arrested in Sheridan

I don't know for sure that this is the same guy, but if he was hired in spite of being on a sex offender registry because no one checked, I know a school district that's getting sued -- http://bailbondcity.com/nebraska/nesex-inm…

As the other answer says, it's all assuming it's true. If it's not the same guy and the girl involved is 17 years old (not 7 or 13 or whatever), it sounds like it's worthy of being fired for bad judgment & stupidity, but not the type of charges that are listed (first degree sexual assault of a child?).

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Posted by David Perry Davis on 12/08/2016 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Presidential candidate Tom Cotton in Iowa

While the rest of the house and senate try to move forward to fix our mass-incarceration failed policies, this embarrassing alt-right clown continues to suck in money from the private prison industry and openly prostitute himself lobbying for them and impeding progress. Sickening excuse for a human being. No way - now how.

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Posted by David Perry Davis on 10/18/2016 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Supreme Court merit selection proposal in legislative hands

I'm an attorney in New Jersey. Here, judges are selected by Senate nomination and gubernatorial confirmation for an initial seven year term, then granted tenure to serve through age 70 so long as they demonstrate "good behavior" (which has been interpreted as "not being indicted"). Many of us have supported changing our system to lifetime appointment, but based on "judicial performance", but defining that term more broadly - meaning being rated by the public, other members of the judiciary, and the bar on primarily objective criteria such as error-based reversal rate by a higher court (not a reversal based on new law or policy, but on error), speed of decisions, courtesy to litigants and the bar, etc.

If Arkansas is considering a change to its system of judicial appointment, I hope something along these lines would be considered. The idea of judges having to run for election just appears to be, to be blunt, corrupt on its face. How is a litigant supposed to believe that a close case isn't being decided based on contributions to a judge's campaign? How is a judge faced with an unpopular based Constitutionally-mandated decision supposed to rule? A judge's duty should be to the law and Constitution, not to what is popular.

My familiarity with Arkansas is limited to several visits and the reading of many decisions on the West Memphis Three case (where one kid sat on death row and two others got life so a prosecutor who should never have taken the case to a jury could run for judge and Terry Hobbs, the killer of three kids, continues to walk free because no one in political office can say "I was wrong.") I met many good people there who were as frustrated with the Arkansas justice system as I was for the decade I observed it.

It would be great to see Arkansas not only grow past the facially flawed system of "popularity contests for judges", but into an example for the whole country. I hope these reforms will be embraced.

- David Perry Davis, Esq.
Pennington, NJ

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Posted by David Perry Davis on 10/10/2016 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Arkansas Supreme Court splits with bar on lawyer ceremony

I'm an attorney in New Jersey. Here, judges are selected by Senate nomination and gubernatorial confirmation for an initial seven year term, then granted tenure to serve through age 70 so long as they demonstrate "good behavior" (which has been interpreted as "not being indicted"). Many of us have supported changing our system to lifetime appointment, but based on "judicial performance", but defining that term more broadly - meaning being rated by the public, other members of the judiciary, and the bar on primarily objective criteria such as error-based reversal rate by a higher court (not a reversal based on new law or policy, but on error), speed of decisions, courtesy to litigants and the bar, etc.

If Arkansas is considering a change to its system of judicial appointment, I hope something along these lines would be considered. The idea of judges having to run for election just appears to be, to be blunt, corrupt on its face. How is a litigant supposed to believe that a close case isn't being decided based on contributions to a judge's campaign? How is a judge faced with an unpopular based Constitutionally-mandated decision supposed to rule? A judge's duty should be to the law and Constitution, not to what is popular.

My familiarity with Arkansas is limited to several visits and the reading of many decision on the West Memphis Three case (where the killer of three kids, Terry Hobbs, continues to walk free because of politics). I met many good people there who were as frustrated with the Arkansas justice system as I was for the decade I observed it.

It would be great to see Arkansas not only grow past the facially flawed system of "popularity contests for judges", but into an example for the whole country. I hope these reforms will be embraced.

- David Perry Davis, Esq.
Pennington, NJ

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Posted by David Perry Davis on 10/10/2016 at 6:02 PM

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