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  •  I would point out in rural areas and other places (6+ / 0-)

    magistrates and petite court judges are frequently the only courts for many people and consequently, these judges tend to forget their role as impartial arbiter.  Consider this judge texting instructions to the ass't DA
    http://www.rawstory.com/...

    •  Apparently New York State has a problem (2+ / 0-)
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      Empower Ink, Youffraita

      Despite what we tend to think about New York State, large parts of it are at least semi-rural. Local magistrates in Upstate New York have a great deal of authority and very few controls on what they can and cannot do. They are also (or were until recently) allowed to serve with little or no prequalification or training.  New York State politics being what it is, getting things changed there can be excruciating. I recall reading a whole series on the issues in the New York Times a couple of years ago.

      •  In SC all it used to take was a HS dipoma or (2+ / 0-)
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        sfbob, Youffraita

        its equivalent and a three week course in state law and you were set to go.  Municipal judges don't have such a high bar.  All that is required is that you breathe.  (seriously, I remember one town judge who was infamous for asking the prosecuting officer what his ruling should be; this judge had a HS certificate, as a grad of the local special education program back in the 50s)

        •  ack! really? (0+ / 0-)
          seriously, I remember one town judge who was infamous for asking the prosecuting officer what his ruling should be; this judge had a HS certificate, as a grad of the local special education program back in the 50s
          I would be in favor of a new law stating that all judges had to have degrees in law. Preferably from real, accredited law schools.

          I'm sorry: high school diploma doesn't cut it. Hell, college diploma doesn't cut it: I have a bachelor's degree, but not in prelaw, not even in political science: I am not qualified to be a judge.

          Nor was the one to whom you refer.

          Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

          by Youffraita on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 12:39:03 AM PDT

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