The Judges and the Judged
If you are interested in learning a bit more about the dire relationship these days between judges and the people they judge then check out this blog offered by the Reno Gazette-Journal, the hometown newspaper in a place where an angry litigant a few weeks ago allegedly murdered his ex-wife and then shot the judge who was handling his divorce and custody case.
The judge, Chuck Weller, apparently has generated no small amount of anger among other parties before him during his years in family court. But many of the comments on the Reno Gazette-Journal's blog suggest a level of passion and hatred that is truly remarkable, coming as it does against a shooting victim whose conduct, whatever you think of it, has never generated any action by the state's Commission on Judicial Discipline. Just because the guy may be a jerk doesn't mean he deserved to get shot. Imagine how many deserved shootings we'd see in courthouses and legislatures all over the country!
To me, the story of Judge Weller ties in with those stories I wrote about a few weeks ago, the ones from the Los Angeles Times about the chaotic state of Nevada's judicial system. It's not just that the system reeks of the appearance of impropriety, if not outright scandal, as the Times reported so well and thoroughly. It's that too many people perceive improprieties whether they exist or not. There always will be thugs who will do what the suspect did to Judge Weller. But the remarkably unfortunate mixed reaction to the shooting, the lack of sympathy so many people have expressed toward Judge Weller, is what you get when too many people no longer respect the judiciary and no longer believe that judges are dispensing blind justice. Weller took the bullet but it's the state's judicial system that needs the medicine.
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