Sunday, July 02, 2006

Judicial updates

The non-partisan PAC arm of the Second Amendment Organization "Shooters Alliance For Firearms' Rights" (SAFR-PAC) endorsed Jay Drick for Livingston County District Judge.

Also, in the Argus. The Probate Court battle is heating up.

Is there an endorsement battle going on?

Hamburg Township Treasurer Roberta Balon-Vaughn, one of seven candidates for probate judge, told the Daily Press & Argus that Livingston County Prosecutor David Morse tried to get David Gorcyca, the prosecuting attorney in Oakland County, to withdraw his endorsement of Balon-Vaughn.

Morse has endorsed another candidate in the race, Carol Hackett Garagiola, who once worked for Gorcyca.

Balon-Vaughn said she's not happy about any interference from Morse.

"I'm disappointed if people are trying to interfere with my campaign," Balon-Vaughn said. "The Gorcyca endorsement is on my material and is going to stay there."

Gorcyca declined to comment. And Morse failed to return several messages.


Pogo said...

One more reason to work on moving Morse from the prosecutors office to the unemployment line.

Dan said...

I agree about Mr. Morse.I voted for "Blank" in 2004 for a reason.

Morse's endorsement of Garagiola concerns me. I don't like this type of games-playing. Garagiola has a good enough record to stand on her own, and this "help" isn't very helpful to her campaign.

I do have a high opinion of our Sheriff, Bob Bezotte and thinks he has good judgement. That makes up for the Morse endorsement.

With as many people running in this Probate race, including two people running whom I consider friends, I'll probably keep my choice quiet at least until after the primary.

Communications guru said...

These are dan’s own words from July 23, 2005. Why are you changing your tune now?

“It's not all bad news for the conservative majority (Not true) here in Livingston County. First off, Ms. Brennan must face the voters here in 2008 (A little inaccurate, but we have come to expect that from you) and should expect a race.
District Judges also only have limited roles to display judicial activism. The district court handles small claims, civil cases under $25000, landlord/tenant, misdemeanors, felony arraignments, civil infractions, weddings, and divorces without children. Most of those are straightforward cases.

Dan said...

It's not "District Court Judge Brennan" that scares me. It's that appointment to Circuit, Appeals, or Federal Judge that scares me.

We're putting a stop to the problem before it stops, giving Brennan and Granholm a defeat here in Livingston County, sending them both home.

Communications guru said...

That’s an absolutely ridiculous excuse, and no one with any sense buys that.
The circuit court, according to the Michigan Courts web site, “is the trial court with the broadest powers in Michigan. In general, the circuit court handles all civil cases with claims of more than $25,000 and all felony criminal cases (cases where the accused, if found guilty, could be sent to prison). The family division of circuit court handles all cases regarding divorce, paternity, adoptions, personal protection actions, emancipation of minors, treatment and testing of infectious disease, safe delivery of newborns, name changes, juvenile offenses, and child abuse and neglect.”
Please tell me where party affiliation enters here?
The Federal courts, where ideology matters, are appointed. It would be refreshing for you to actually state your real reason for your opposition and tell the truth.
As for “sending them both home” the Governor will most likely not carry Livingston County because uninformed people like you prefer a guy who is going to turn the state around based on the fact he once inherited and almost ruined a multimillion dollar pyramid scam just because he had an R after his name, and Judge Brennan is already home.

Dan said...

"Please tell me where party affiliation enters here?"

Maybe here - "civil cases with claims of more than $25,000"
Not to mention injunctions.

You get a "Sam Bernstein" (Democrat) friendly judge, and a lot more frivolous lawsuits will happen.

Communications guru said...

You’re kidding right? Your post makes no sense. I will never learn my lesson that you can’t reason with an unreasonable person and you can’t change a closed mind.
The courts are the last stop and the only place where people are equal, at least in theory. There are no frivolous lawsuits, and if they have no merit they are thrown out. I don’t get the Sam Bernstein reference, but party affiliation has nothing to do with whether a lawsuit has merit or not. You’re supposed to be a law student?

Dan said...

""I will never learn my lesson that you can’t reason with an unreasonable person and you can’t change a closed mind."""

I know the feeling Kevin.

Party affiliations - Granholm is from the "Sam Bernstein" wing of the Democrats. She appointed another rich leftist Emily's List type in Theresa Brennan. Those are biases which factor into appointments.

Leftist judges (Jack Weinstein) don't throw out frivolous lawsuits. They keep them since if fits their cause. Suing gun manufacturers for what third parties do with their firearms is frivolous.

While Michigan Courts are in much better shape thanks to both John Engler's 12 years as governor, and the voters who kept his judges, we don't need to go back to the bad old days when activist judges ran the court system here as well.

Poletown, anyone?

Communications guru said...

Well, dan, show me, for once, a well-thought out and reasoned argument with reliable facts, and I might change my position. That has not happened yet.

What the hell is the “Sam Bernstein wing of the Democrat Party,” other than another off-the wall reference you made up? All I know from Sam Bernstein is from the TV commercials. What his commercials say to me is, despite republican policies that make it harder to hold huge, rich and often irresponsible corporations accountable for their actions that hurt people, the little guy still has one, last recourse where everyone is equal, and justice is not just for the rich. If that’s what you mean by the “Sam Bernstein wing of the Democrat Party” then count me in as a proud member.

To call Therese Brennan a rich, communist is just one more examples of your many ridiculous and stupid statements. Give me a break.

Judges do throw out frivolous lawsuits.

An obscure reference to a Federal District Court Judge that only a one-issue wonk would have ever heard of doesn’t do much to help your argument, and calling him a communist even less. A quick Internet search tells me he dismissed the lawsuit against handgun manufacturers, so what’s your point? Suing irresponsible gun manufacturers is no more frivolous than suing tobacco companies. Your spiel about Engler is just that, and there is no proof of that. If anything this state is much worse off under Engler’s so-called stewardship. The so-called “activist judges” are also conservatives.