Throughout the years that I practiced law (1974-2001), it never ceased to amaze me to see so many men and women sitting as judges who had no business being there. While most judges were intelligent people, there were some who clearly were not. Many judges viewed their positions as ones of immense importance to society and took the time and effort to consider all relevant evidence and to reach fair and reasoned decisions, based on the law. Many, however, did not care about justice, fairness, evidence, or the law. Many viewed their positions as vehicles to advance their personal, political, and sometimes religious beliefs. The vast majority of judges sitting in Los Angeles Country, and I guarantee in other metropolitan areas, were drawn from giant law firms and had spent their legal careers representing big business and insurance companies, or were career prosecutors who never saw an innocent person unfairly charged with a crime. These judges had the interests of corporate profit and claims denial, and law & order, foremost in their minds, and were more than willing to protect such interests, while denying rights and recoveries from middle class and working class litigants, and in making it extremely difficult for the wrongly charged to get a fair day in criminal court.
|Since the beginning of time, California governors - and the governors of other states, I'm sure all of the other states - primarily have based their judicial appointments on the political beliefs of prospective judges, and if you wanted to be a judge in Los Angeles, it was a major advantage if you had attended the country club of local universities and were a usc brain surgeon, uh, trojan.||
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The same is true in the federal system, and thus we have brain-dead presidents such as george w bush appointing totally incompetent nominees to the US Supreme Court, such as Harriet Miers, and political animals such as george h. w. bush appointing people such as Clarence Thomas, who has done nothing but cast votes in line with his political and religious beliefs, and with the positions advocated by his wife’s employers in the lobbying industry.
So, why discuss this now? Here is why. Running counter to case after case in state courts and federal courts around the country, a federal judge in Louisiana this week upheld a
So, just who is this judge, and for what else is he famous, or infamous? Well, this opinion was written by 78-year-old U.S. District Court Judge Martin L.C. Feldman, who has been a federal judge since being appointed by the other brain-dead president of recent times, ronald reagan, in 1983. Dispensing injustice is nothing new for Feldman, and he’s now been doing it for 31 years.
Before this week, his most outrageous case revolved around the gulf coast and big oil. In June of 2010, following the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil rig disaster, a moratorium on deepwater offshore drilling was issued, and it was Feldman, in the case of Hornbeck Offshore Services LLC v. Salazar, who issued an injunction blocking the moratorium. But, there is more to the story and a right wing, pro big business judge, appointed by
Life tenure of federal judges and appointments based on politics, religion, and big business all contribute to the perversion of a justice system that on paper looks to all the world as one that can and does protect the rights of the poor and powerless. In practice, that is very far from reality.