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  •  No. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm all for impeaching judges when their behavior is not good.

    When justices of the Supreme Court come to Congress asking for a raise in salaries on the grounds they can't get good people without paying them a competitive wage, I would consider that evidence of their lacking both a strong moral compass and good judgement.

    Nobody wants judges whose decisions can be affected by how much money they are offered.

    I would suggest all judges like that be impeached.

    The better solution is clearly a maximum wage linked to the minimum wage, so that no lawyers can make more than say ten times the minimum wage.

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 06:58:24 PM PDT

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    •  That is ridiculous (0+ / 0-)

      I make what the market pays.  If the client is willing to pay $250-280 an hour for my time, then that is what I am worth.  not to mention lawyers who work for contingency.

      •  Not if Congress passes a maximum wage law (0+ / 0-)

        tied to the minimum wage law, with provisions that no contract shall allow hourly compensation above that rate.

        There is nothing in the Constitution that prevents them from doing that and then that will be what the market pays. It might be a better or at least more humane solution than taking Dick's advice to Jack.

        Next comes land reform. A bill to penalize all the corporations that engaged in war profiteering by taking their assets and distributing them to We the People in the form of public lands would help undo some of the environmental and political damage

        Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

        by rktect on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 03:53:51 AM PDT

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    •  So you are for impeaching judges (0+ / 0-)

      who struck down the Pledge and partial Birth Abortion Acts?

      •  I'm for impeaching judges (0+ / 0-)

        who lack a strong moral compass, good judgement and would give custody of an infant nation to those who would divide it by the sword to control it

        Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

        by rktect on Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 07:13:19 PM PDT

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        •  And that means what? (0+ / 0-)

          Are you or are you not for impeaching judges who make decisions withwhich you simply disagree?  And if so, would you be perfectly alright when judges who uphold abortion rights are impeached?

          •  It means I'm for impeaching judges (0+ / 0-)

            who lack a strong moral compass, good judgement and would give custody of an infant nation to those who would divide it by the sword to control it.

            I'm for impeaching judges who violate their oaths to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States.

            I'm for impeaching judges whose decision making process can be influenced by money.

            Abortion rights are not germane to any of those issues, but if they can't maintain good behavior and allow themselves to be influenced by ideas promulgated by groups other than the guys who wrote the Constitution and the laws of the United States then impeachment isn't enough, I'm for investigation and indictment.

            Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

            by rktect on Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 07:39:41 PM PDT

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            •  Oh, so you are against citing foreign law (0+ / 0-)

              and "evolving Constitution?"

              Since neither of those are "ideas promulgated by groups other than the guys who wrote the Constitution and the laws of the United States."

              Good to know.

              •  I'm not against citing foreign law (0+ / 0-)

                and as for an evolving Constitution, I'm happy to cite precedent back all the way to Moses and Hamurrappi.

                That precedent changes and evolves over time but some parts of it such as the sovreignity of the written law over the divine rights of kings goes back to the middle bronze age.

                Our Constitution ratified by the last of the original 13 colonies on May 29th 1790, had ratified Ten Ammendments  to it by December 15, 1791.

                Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

                by rktect on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 04:06:55 AM PDT

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            •  Oh, and which judge's decision (0+ / 0-)

              is influenced by money?!  Name one.  Not which person decides whether to become a judge because of money, but show me a person who would have ruled differently because of money.

              •  The Supreme Court recently complained to Congress (0+ / 0-)

                that it needed a raise in its salaries because it couldn't attract good justices if they could make more money in the private sector.

                Allowing we should accept the sworn testimony of Supreme Court Justices as their sincere opinion until proved otherwise...

                If the decision as to whether or not to accept employment as a Supreme Court Justice or law clerk can be influenced by a little money, why should we not expect that more important decision would be even more likely to be influenced by a lot of money?

                At that point we are no longer arguing about what they are, just how much they cost...

                Any idea how many lawyers and judges have been impeached or disbarred for such improprieties as accepting bribes and kickbacks,and then lying to Congress about them?

                Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

                by rktect on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 04:15:13 AM PDT

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                •  Ummm, that is a giant leap (0+ / 0-)

                  I can decide whether or not to take a job based on what it pays.  but it does not follow that once I take it (regardless of what it pays) I won't do my very best.

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