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Impartiality in courts an elusive goal

Judge Curtis Collier's Nov. 25 column states: "Judges must make impartial decisions based solely on the applicable law and the facts without undue influence by the partisanship of the legislative and executive branches." With due respect for Judge Collier's stellar career, sadly this is not always the case.

Research my colleague and I conducted examined decisions made by federal District Court judges in cases involving allegations of employment discrimination. Even allowing for the unique facts of each case, judges appointed by Republican presidents tended to favor employers more frequently than did judges appointed by Democratic presidents. Democrat-appointed judges were more likely to favor plaintiffs in these cases than were Republican-appointed judges. The results were statistically significant.

The fundamental principle underlying the rule of law is that each person appearing before a judicial tribunal will receive fair and equal treatment comparable to that received by every other person. If only the law and the facts matter, the differences we documented would not exist.

These results are not surprising. Judicial appointments are obviously political. And while we strive to achieve impartiality in our courts, our efforts remain imperfect.

For those who are interested, the research is reported in Cumberland Law Review, volume 38.

Dr. John Friedl

Signal Mountain

 

Use common sense to evaluate news

The election is over. Joe Biden will be sworn in next month. One thing is clear, however. The media, whose credibility before the election was extremely low, now has zero credibility. They, along with Big Tech, covered up Biden family corruption and ignored obvious voter fraud that took place. Instead of objective news reporting, they deliver a narrative of their own creation, either by ignoring stories that run contrary to the narrative or by hyping stories that fit their narrative which attack or belittle their ideological opponents.

A good example of this is the Russian collusion hoax. Other examples abound. Apparently, when President Trump referred to the mainstream media "fake news," the media took it as a challenge to prove him correct.

The simple solution is to get your information from multiple sources and then use your own judgment and common sense to determine what is actual news and what is media propaganda.

James Nelson

Ooltewah

 

Faith in government is declining rapidly

I have no faith in our government, and neither should anyone else.

Congress just passed a veto-proof, 6,000-page coronavirus relief bill — it isn't — that provides only $600 per person but $1.4 trillion for foreign aid and other pet projects. And, of course, no representative nor senator read what's in it.

Our elected members of Congress are not representing the American people. They are representing their own interests and those of the Deep State. This was proven on Nov. 3 when the Deep State installed Joe Biden as president. Our vote didn't matter. It's reported that Biden got 81 million votes — 12 million more than Obama — while winning more than 2,000 fewer counties than Trump. This is not a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

When asked of Benjamin Franklin what kind of government was enacted, he stated, "A Republic, if you can keep it." We couldn't. So, say "goodbye" to the Constitution and our country as founded.

Gary Hayes

Ooltewah

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