published Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Judicial Ethics

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The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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Salsa said...

Judge Stern should have a chapter too with that sneaky deal she pulled about the OR bond.

January 8, 2011 at 12:08 a.m.
OllieH said...

Bob Moon and David Bales just can't seem to stay out of the news.

They were the two judges of choice when the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency was accused of 'judge shopping' last year, and they are the two judges facing ethics complaints about publicly endorsing political candidates this year.

I don't know if either case, individually, is enough to get them into serious trouble or not, but a pattern is starting to develop here.

January 8, 2011 at 12:21 a.m.
acerigger said...

If TWRA hauls you in front of judge Bales, you're guilty! Not even video evidence exonerates you. Just "pay your fine and do your time" (Been there,done that) No hard feelings,,I know how it is,got to have that "revenue enhancement" in order to support our fine Law Enforcement endeavors.

January 8, 2011 at 2:17 a.m.
DOCJGH said...

It is long past time when we should ALL have been aware of the Code of Judicial Ethics, including the judges themselves. We seem to ignore the codes or find excuse when a judge's conduct supports our point of view but selectively pull out the codes when their conduct doesn't.

January 8, 2011 at 5:03 a.m.
woody said...

Again, no 'favorite' horse in this race. Therefore, I guess it's safe to say, things are just starting to get interesting.

I know, as I am sure everyone else here does as well, it only takes a bad apple or two to spoil an entire barrel. I hope ya'll will keep that in mind as you continue to voice your opinions of this on-going controversy.

Tainting the possible appointment of a new county mayor is one thing but bringing shame on a mostly blameless judiciary would be something else altogether.

Tread lightly, Woody

January 8, 2011 at 7:54 a.m.
Hoppergrasser said...

Wuudy, Woody, Woody... :) :) :)

It's y'all not ya'll. :) People will think you are a Yankee. :)

Have a smiley day friend.

January 8, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.
fairmon said...

Ethics with the judicial branch and process is an oxymoron.

January 8, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.
woody said...

Thank you'd think after nearly 30 years down here I would have caught on to that...

Please forgive the faux pas (and having never been to France, that too may be wrong), but my heart was in the right place..'just a piece up the road' from you.

Still smiling, Woody

January 8, 2011 at 10:45 a.m.
Hoppergrasser said...


I have been down here for 37 years. I an from Cleveland, Ohio. Living in Rome, Georgia.

Have a nice day friend.

January 8, 2011 at 11:04 a.m.
fairmon said...

I hope Littlefield is not eligible for the county position if we ever get to vote for the county mayor position. Red Bank is upset, the county is hogging the press. I still prefer the county commission over the city council and mayor. When people think about metro they leap to the thought of the city taking over and expanding. I would support the county taking over and abolishing all duplications of departments and unnecessary city operations. The over lap, duplication of services by the two governments and inefficiency within the city is ludicrous.

January 8, 2011 at 11:05 a.m.
moonpie said...

Stern may be right or wrong, but she's following proper channels.

January 8, 2011 at 2:14 p.m.
miraweb said...

A quote to remember from Representative Gabrielle Giffords who was shot today in Arizona. This is what she said in April when another Arizona rep closed offices after death threats. She has a husband and two children.

"I am deeply troubled about reports that Congressman Grijalva and members of his staff have been subjected to death threats. This is not how we, as Americans, express our political differences. Intimidation has no place in our representative democracy. Such acts only make it more difficult for us to resolve our differences."

January 8, 2011 at 3:11 p.m.
acerigger said...

Wasn't Gifford one of those on Palin's cross-hair target list? Way to go Sarah.Are we reloaded yet?

January 8, 2011 at 6:19 p.m.
moonpie said...

Only 13 of 29 comments actually stayed posted above. Has civility been a problem today? Moon supporters usually don't sit idle for long.

Just curious.

January 8, 2011 at 7:21 p.m.
chrisbrooks said...

"These kinds of backdoor political procedures have become the norm. Our city’s political establishment has become characterized by its narrow decision-making processes, mediocre leaders, and a failure to appreciate our greatest resource: the people."

January 8, 2011 at 7:22 p.m.
rolando said...

That's interesting, moonpie. 14 of 42 now. None of the censored ones were mine, either. For some odd reason, I am disappointed...maybe this one will disappear.

Anyone have an idea what the TRP's double-secret codeworded reasons for censorship are now?

More reason to stay the heck away from here. Let the toady lib-tards have it.

January 8, 2011 at 9:41 p.m.
miraweb said...

I couldn't say why posts aren't coming through but I am not convinced that is all bad. A prominent newspaper recently said that freedom to publish is also freedom not to publish. Who was it that said better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt?

January 8, 2011 at 11:27 p.m.
Francis said...

ace..that's a stupid post regarding palin. a cheap attempt to blame her for the shooting of giffords....saying she had her in her "cross hair target list"...typical lib tactic. i'm sure you libs want to make this a rallying cry...though giffords voted for obamacare..she was also strong on protecting arizona's borders and illegal don't get too excited.

January 9, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
rolando said...

This is NOT a news column, miraweb. It is a political discussion board. Not hardly the same thing in "choosing what to publish". But you are right -- it is THEIR newspaper and they can hide whatever dirty laundry they have that needs hiding.

But they have turned their highly [self]vaunted "Ethics policy" -- cited in the fine print below -- into meaningless blather and empty rhetoric.

Perhaps it is just a computer glitch -- yeah, that's it, a computer glitch caused the posts to be mis-numbered.

January 9, 2011 at 7:54 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

From what an IT person told me, I think this may be that spam messages, though blocked by filters, may still get counted. Ads for boots, or drugs or whatever occasionally get through and show up here; the count may reflect all the ones that arrive and are removed.

January 10, 2011 at 9:22 a.m.
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