Officer makes bid to be district judge

A Colonial Regional police officer has announced his candidacy for an area district judge seat. Full Story

Since: Mar 07

United States

#1 Jan 24, 2009
So this position, which requires application of established law, requires no law degree or other legal background?
No change

Sparta, NJ

#3 Jan 24, 2009
Dennis Mac wrote:
So this position, which requires application of established law, requires no law degree or other legal background?
Nope, it requires beer and votes - sort of a popularity contest.
DOUBLETAP

Slatington, PA

#4 Jan 24, 2009
Wrong idiots. Dj's have to pass a test and be certified, then elected.

“rockin pandas”

Since: Mar 07

Whitehall

#5 Jan 24, 2009
Stop by the club Dean. We will support you
Bath resident

United States

#7 Jan 24, 2009
I have known officer Benner for many years and he has always been very professional. He has a great knowledge of the law and would make an outstanding judge.
Impossible

Easton, PA

#8 Jan 24, 2009
Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty - his training make him unqualified.
Bath resident wrote:
I have known officer Benner for many years and he has always been very professional. He has a great knowledge of the law and would make an outstanding judge.
Freedom Fighters

Bethlehem, PA

#9 Jan 24, 2009
You don't need a law degree to be on a jury either. Truth is most people off the street would make just as good a lawer or judge as those educated ones. The degree which the Jue covets most is often refered to as the "Licnese to Steal".
Dennis Mac wrote:
So this position, which requires application of established law, requires no law degree or other legal background?
dough

Easton, PA

#10 Jan 24, 2009
It is the best part time job a person can have. Golf in the morning and traffic court in the afternoon.

See you at the 19th hole
Drink up

Kulpsville, PA

#11 Jan 25, 2009
Especially with the police and life is great.

Since: Mar 07

United States

#12 Jan 25, 2009
Freedom Fighters wrote:
You don't need a law degree to be on a jury either. Truth is most people off the street would make just as good a lawer or judge as those educated ones. The degree which the Jue covets most is often refered to as the "Licnese to Steal".<quoted text>

In a jury, the JUDGE instructs the members in matters of law. Here, the judge has a law degree.
Concerned Citizen

Pen Argyl, PA

#13 Jan 25, 2009
I am sure tht this officer is a good officer and that he serves us well. Unfortunately these years of service must surely have left him greatly biased.

In addition, although you can appeal a DJ ruling, it is costly and many people who may come before this man for the "small stuff" that most DJs hear don't have a lot on money.

Therefore, I would be wary of this choice.
Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
Not if they are an attorney. The test for non-attorneys is at a high school level though. The District Justice system harkens back to the days of the neighborhood magistrate. Pa. is one of the few states that does not require a law degree for this type of position but you can automatically appeal anything a DJ does to a real judge.
No change

Sparta, NJ

#14 Jan 25, 2009
I haven't met a cop yet who, having a number of years of experience, believes that there are any good people left. I advocate random psychological testing for cops to determine their fitness to further serve.
cops r nutz

Pennsburg, PA

#16 Jan 25, 2009
No change wrote:
I haven't met a cop yet who, having a number of years of experience, believes that there are any good people left. I advocate random psychological testing for cops to determine their fitness to further serve.
I had the occasion to befiend many officers over the years. Through those experiences a common thread that ran thru our relationships. They are nuts. Mental as the day is long. You can't trust them and they will turn on each other. They forgot where they came from do the same things they arrest other people for; one example is drinking.

It seems like this guy is smart when he chose to leave the cop world and become a judge. I wish him well. He has my vote.

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