Our local boob toob station interviewed our Asheville DA, Ron Moore, about the DWI (driving while impaired) backlog in the courthouse in Asheville. The SBI lab in Raleigh and Greensboro can't keep up, he whined. And it's hard to get the lab witnesses transported here to testify, he sniveled.
Well, Moore (Some call him "MOE" Ron Moore) has been around long enough to know some of the bad stewardship and shocking waste of the taxpayers' money in the environs of the courthouse. And then NC taxpayers were recently informed that retrials would occur in scads of criminal cases because of the outrageously illegal shenanigans of SBI blood spatter "analyst" Duane Deaver and his half-witted sidekicks in Raleigh.
And then in the instant controversy there was a discussion about how defendants are entitled by law, by DUE PROCESS OF LAW, to be confronted in the courtroom by the witnesses against them, including "expert" lab witnesses. As constitutional concepts go, that guarantee is fairly simple and unchangeable.
Then along in Comments comes Wanda Sizemore who pipes up claiming to be an employee of the Clerk of Superior Court of Henderson County, making this idiotic statement:
"Lab techs should be able to prepare swon [sic] affidavit to be submitted as evidence in their absence and the case could move forward I would think."
Gee, what has happened to us? Are our public schools and tech schools dumbing us down so pathetically that we have functional illiterates in our Clerks' offices?
But don't let THAT shock you. We have functional illiterate district court judges in Buncombe County who are too stupid and too lazy to read the law. They read neither statutes nor caselaw. "Shooters from the Hip," you would call them.
J. Calvin Hill, the chief district court judge, has been known to hold hearings in closed, locked courtrooms -- in violation of our North Carolina Constitution requiring all courts to be open-- and then fly into rage and communicate threats when it was discovered.
Judge Julie Kepple doesn't know the difference between NCGS 50B and 50C, is ignorant on the rules of evidence and courtroom decorum and procedure, and is an injudicious screaming hothead like her boss, the chief district judge. Oh, and one more thing about Julie: she likes to serve two masters, wear two hats, and role-play as attorney and advocate for one of the parties in the litigation before her. So she gets in on the questions and answers with
And then we have the myopic buffoon inauspiciously elevated from our clerk's office, Judge Eddie Clontz, who neither reads law, the documents before him, nor what he signs. Maybe he can't, for all I know. Need I also tell you that this wizard of judicial buffoonery, Ed Clontz, recently married a convicted felon who while working as a "paralegal" in the law offices of the Van Winkle law firm, embezzled over $100,000 from an elderly incompetent client?
So rejoice, Henderson Countians. You have your buffoon, Wanda Sizemore; and we have our nitwits in robes -- Calvin Hill, Julie Kepple, and Eddie Clontz -- who put us at much greater risk and can inflict infinitely more damage to the rule of law than your Sizemore.