The Local Crank

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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Sunday, June 01, 2008

It Gets Weirder

I, like nearly all lawyers, have had cases where judges made bad rulings. Bizarre rulings. Incomprehensible rulings. Rulings completely unmoored from either the facts or the law. But I can safely say that in nearly ten years of practice, I have never seen a judge stomp out of the courtroom and flat-out refuse to rule, as Judge Barbara Walther did Friday in the increasingly unhinged FLDS case. If you don't want to make the hard calls, especially when the heat is on, then don't run for judge. More from the Common Room.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the county indicts these folks will Walthers be the trial judge?

6/02/2008 6:26 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

Yes, if they are charged with felonies. District Courts in Texas are usually courts of general jurisdiction, meaning they hear felony criminal cases, civil cases, and family law cases. If that does happen, though, I expect a rash of motions to recuse and motions for change of venue.

6/02/2008 9:56 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

The entire story seems strange.

6/03/2008 8:07 AM  
Anonymous mom2oneson said...

Crank - I sent you an email to the gmail account on your profile.

6/03/2008 3:29 PM  

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