When the story about Judge Lefkow was posted in Freeperland, the reactions exhibit quite possible the most disgusting lack of respect for the judiciary I've ever seen. These are the people who are in charge now, these are the nuts that rally to the call of Dobson, Perkins, et al. This is the mindset and world view of the theo-con right. Below is the article and the freeper reactions.
May 18, 2005, 11:06PM
Words lead to violence, judge says
Woman whose family was slain urges Congress to bring an end to verbal attacks
By REBECCA CARROLL
WASHINGTON - A federal judge whose husband and mother were slain by a disgruntled litigant urged Congress Wednesday to help bring an end to "truly dangerous" verbal attacks on judges that might lead to violent action.
Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow said one way lawmakers could protect judges would be to condemn judge-bashing remarks by commentators and colleagues.
"Fostering disrespect for judges can only encourage those that are on the edge, or on the fringe, to exact revenge," Lefkow told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"I understand that Congress cannot eradicate violence against judges ... " she said. "But as I replay in my mind the events that led to our tragedy, I believe that several things might have prevented it and could prevent it from happening to even one more of our judges."
Lefkow also called on Congress to increase funding for the U.S. Marshals Service, which protects judges.
Lefkow was appointed in 2000 to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by former President Clinton.
Several Republican members of Congress have lashed out at judges involved in the Terri Schiavo case and others. Schiavo, a brain-damaged Florida woman, died after her feeding tube was removed.
"This loss happened because our legal system did not protect the people who need protection most, and that will change," House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, had said. "The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior."
A judge who never heard of the First Amendment.
Who'd have thunk it?
My goodness. The only judge bashing I've heard lately has been by the Dumbocrap Sinators lashing out at any judge who might hold an anti-abortion stance.
What's the penalty for sinators bashing judges?
thought police at it again
Wow. My sympathy for this individual is evaporating.
Actually, I think judicial activism leading to anti-majority interpretation of law leads to more violence.
Not saying Lefkow is guilty of this, but 1st amendments rights apply to everyone. Big Brother can kiss my behind
Judicial tyranny leads to violence. Just wait and see.
This is a typical clintonoid appointment
Funny how the article refers only to Republicans criticizing judges... IMHO, the article made very little sense whatsoever.
Just now occurred to me but the words that set off the defendant were hers!!!!
Must mean that she killed her mother and husband. Time to shut her up FUR SHUR.
So, when I read a thread about a really stupid decision by an obviously partisan judge and I simply ask, "what is his home address?" Is that considered "bad?"
If judges conducted themselves in the professional realm in a way worthy of respsect, they would get respect. As it is, many of them are little blacked robed fascists who think they have the right to revoke any law they don't like anytime they like. Quite frankly, Americans are sick of it and if their solution is to shut people up, the violence wil get worse.
Bingo! Left-Cow strikes me as a judge who does not consider the implications of her "reasoning." This might explain why the man was so outraged by her decision, that he took executive action.
So I feel dirty now just from being round this vileness...