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  •  I'm mostly Fed, too. (none)

     Just got off the phone with a very nice Asst. Clerk of Court with the 11th Cir, in fact.

     At any rate, I just hold strongly and steadfastly to the opinion that our Courts suffer greatly from Judges, again, on all levels, who have little-to-no experience out in the real world, nor any life's work as a legal scholar.  Has it always been this way, maybe, maybe not.  But it's certainly the way it is (or, to me, glaringly seems to be) now.  Decision after decision after decision, both trial and appellate, comes down where I say, "Good, God!  Have you no understanding of what's going on here?!"  Some of that's just pure politics, some of it's just more and more ignoramouses getting on the bench, but, I think, a thread that runs through many of these appointees (or elected goofballs) is their getting "kicked upstairs" because they either couldn't, or wouldn't, practice down "in the trenches."

     Do I think every candidate or nominme for Judge has to have practiced "X" years and have tried "X" number of cases in "X" number of courts on "X" numbered of varied issues or areas of law?  Of course not.  But do I think that way, way, too many political hacks and goofballs (Clarence Thomas being the Poster Child for all of this, of course) are worming their way onto the bench and helping to make American Jurisprudence a farce or a tragedy -- in great part owning to their lack of practical or academic experience -- absofrigginglutely.

     BenGoshi
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     got to run and actually practice myself, now!  regards . . .

       

    "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." T.J.

    by BenGoshi on Fri Mar 11, 2005 at 10:51:39 AM PST

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    •  agreed (none)
      Appellate judges should have to cover trials every once in a while -- I know Posner did last year.

      And law professors ought to practice a little before they teach.  But that's for another day.

    •  agreed (none)
      Appellate judges should have to cover trials every once in a while -- I know Posner did last year.

      And law professors ought to practice a little before they teach.  But that's for another day.

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