Thursday, November 15, 2007

This Should be a Violation of Ethics

Bruce Chapman authored Judge Jones Nudges Judge Judy which notes Judge Jones's penchant for seeking publicity made possible as a result of a verdict handed down in the federal district court over which he presides. The case that made Judge Jones famous- Kitzmiller v. Dover- also enables him to bask in the limelight of the mass media and make speeches for which he is renumerated. That's the problem- a built in incentive to please the crowds through a process that should be free of the taint of bias. You have admire Jones's self-promotion ability. If he were an elected official he'd be called an adroit politician. It's too bad the concept of a fair and unbiased judiciary is tainted by a system that rewards jurists for their decisions.

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