Take Politics Out Of Magistrate Appointments

This year, the General Assembly must approve a confirmation process for state magistrates. Read more
acorn

AOL

#1 Mar 2, 2009
It would be more political with Lawlor/MacDonald and Donovan. What about Looney's choice of Westbrooke to be a judge?
Irv

West Hartford, CT

#2 Mar 3, 2009
New Haven political hack, Rep. Pat Dillon killed this reform legislation last year to "protect" a friend. Will Donovan let Dillon do it again this year. She bears watching.
max

Fairfield, CT

#3 Mar 3, 2009
Irv wrote:
New Haven political hack, Rep. Pat Dillon killed this reform legislation last year to "protect" a friend. Will Donovan let Dillon do it again this year. She bears watching.
She will no doubt try by using her seniority, but I think this magistrate "system" is so foul and rank that Dillon won't be able to pull it off. Let's hope! You're right Dillon is indeed a hack.
Alfred E Newman Esq

Middletown, CT

#4 Mar 3, 2009
Now this is rich, the Courant wants to take politics out of confirming Family Support Magistrates by having the political hacks in the legislature involved in the process. Don't you read your own editorials? Judge Westbrook was "less than candid" with the Governor and the legislature, but did that matter?Weren't Westbrook's legal qualifications "slight and her political connections more solid"? How much would you like to bet that if the legislature had say over Oliveira, he would not be sitting today, yet Westbrook still would. Confidence, honesty and fairness, are certainly not words I would ascribe to the legislature when it comes to nominations of any kind.
This is fun

United States

#5 Mar 3, 2009
Actually the investigation into the 2004 Oliviera employment was politically motivated and unjustfied.
It about time

Wallingford, CT

#6 Mar 3, 2009
This is fun wrote:
Actually the investigation into the 2004 Oliviera employment was politically motivated and unjustfied.
I wish Oliveira's relatives would stop posting apologist crap.

There is a few Magistrates who abuse power and deserve a full day hearing in front of the Judiciary Committee and then a vote up or down.
Fritzie Kowalski

Putnam, CT

#7 Mar 3, 2009
This appointment is proof that political hacks continue to rule Connecticut. This family magistrate could not get hired at Kinko's.
Jenny

Mansfield Center, CT

#8 Mar 4, 2009
Alfred E Newman Esq wrote:
Now this is rich, the Courant wants to take politics out of confirming Family Support Magistrates by having the political hacks in the legislature involved in the process. Don't you read your own editorials? Judge Westbrook was "less than candid" with the Governor and the legislature, but did that matter?Weren't Westbrook's legal qualifications "slight and her political connections more solid"? How much would you like to bet that if the legislature had say over Oliveira, he would not be sitting today, yet Westbrook still would. Confidence, honesty and fairness, are certainly not words I would ascribe to the legislature when it comes to nominations of any kind.
Sadly, you have it exactly rght.
jciaff

Concord, MA

#9 Mar 4, 2009
Magistrates often have to rule on very important, complex issues. As the article noted, they have broad powers, including the authority to put people in jail. And unless their decisions are challenged by way of an appeal, those decisions are final and legally binding. Accordingly, a magistrate's decision is as much a ruling of law as a superior court judge's decision.

Whether you have confidence in the legislative confirmation process or not, magistrates and judges should be held to the same level of scrutiny when it comes to confirmation.
Sick-O-Congress Blowhards

Hartford, CT

#10 Mar 4, 2009
So how is this process different from all the other political appointments in the state of Corrupticut? Perhaps they could be appointed by Amann or Dudd or any other political hack. This state is bad and going downhill even faster.

Folks - get out your checkbooks 'cause its time to pay the state more taxes. You're keeping too much of your money.
political judges

Wakefield, RI

#11 Mar 4, 2009
Alfred E Newman Esq wrote:
Now this is rich, the Courant wants to take politics out of confirming Family Support Magistrates by having the political hacks in the legislature involved in the process. Don't you read your own editorials? Judge Westbrook was "less than candid" with the Governor and the legislature, but did that matter?Weren't Westbrook's legal qualifications "slight and her political connections more solid"? How much would you like to bet that if the legislature had say over Oliveira, he would not be sitting today, yet Westbrook still would. Confidence, honesty and fairness, are certainly not words I would ascribe to the legislature when it comes to nominations of any kind.
I agree, as well as add the Courant seems to cherry pick hard hitting stories on the State of Connecticut Judicial branch. This branch has widespread corruption as well as needs to be straightened out fast. From paying double dipping ex state cops as marshals, to out of control abusive judges, this Branch needs to be investigated by the Feds for widespread Constitutional rights violations as well as political partisanship cronyism.The Courant refuses to investigate how the sheriff;s were abolished by a referendum by voters and this branch put in charge one of the sheriff's of the Constitutional office he was abolished from' That was outright election fraud upon the voters. The legislature refuses to Impeach Cofield, refuse to put legislation on for Equal rights for fathers in child custody, and are more concerned with holding onto their part time jobs and doling out double dipping gigs like Bob Frankel at 700 a day, generally these idiots need to go..Democrat or Republican line by line in two years these legislators need to be examined.The magistrate issue is only one of many issues. lest we forget one of the Magistrate Sue Baron DUI arrest last year. Connecticut 's legislature needs to clean up it;s act and do what they ere elected for or be targeted for defeat in two years the gravy train is over for these people.
Tommy

Ware, MA

#12 Mar 4, 2009
political judges wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree, as well as add the Courant seems to cherry pick hard hitting stories on the State of Connecticut Judicial branch. This branch has widespread corruption as well as needs to be straightened out fast. From paying double dipping ex state cops as marshals, to out of control abusive judges, this Branch needs to be investigated by the Feds for widespread Constitutional rights violations as well as political partisanship cronyism.The Courant refuses to investigate how the sheriff;s were abolished by a referendum by voters and this branch put in charge one of the sheriff's of the Constitutional office he was abolished from' That was outright election fraud upon the voters. The legislature refuses to Impeach Cofield, refuse to put legislation on for Equal rights for fathers in child custody, and are more concerned with holding onto their part time jobs and doling out double dipping gigs like Bob Frankel at 700 a day, generally these idiots need to go..Democrat or Republican line by line in two years these legislators need to be examined.The magistrate issue is only one of many issues. lest we forget one of the Magistrate Sue Baron DUI arrest last year. Connecticut 's legislature needs to clean up it;s act and do what they ere elected for or be targeted for defeat in two years the gravy train is over for these people.
I agree with you except .... the gravy train is over for these people; unfortunately.
Right On

United States

#13 Mar 5, 2009
It will never happen it is to pwerful of a position. Politicians need someone in that position when they need a favor in the courts.
it IS political

Seattle, WA

#14 Mar 5, 2009
I agree that undergoing legislative confirmation is some scrutiny and should be required for magistrates, but let's stop kidding ourselves about whether judges are appointed through a political process or not. They are. the party of the governor is and always has been key to appointing judges ever since popular elections for judges was suspended.
Abandoning elections for judges eliminated the influence of CAMPAIGN money. For no reason at all, it is popularly believed that this was replaced with an apolitcal merit system. the judiciary loves to tout this baseless propaganda. It is political and os based far more on political connections than merit.
There is ample evidence that the appointment process does NOT result in judges of greater competence overall than would be if they were elected.
Let's start talking truthfully about the whole process-- eliminating general elections removed one awful problem, the affect of campaign donations on justice. It did not result in judges any smarter, competent or chosen in any less of a partisan political cockfight than they ever were in a general election. The parties all get their allocation of judges to pick, with the party in power having the upper hand in that regard. in other words, it is as POLITICAL a process as it has ever been and how can it not be?
yes, magistrates should go before the legislature like any other judges. let's not call that depoliticizing anything.
And keep in mind, until recently, cga's judiciary committee barely scrutinized judges before it anyway. They were rubber stamping, in some cases, near lunatics.
Pat

Wellesley Hills, MA

#15 Jan 9, 2014
The political hack as appointee problem on display in the New Jersey Bridge closure problems shows how harmful privileged power can be, and how it may well infect any legislature, any local, state, or federal government, and any constitutional administration including any agency, any branch of government, and even the Court and Justice system.

It is the embodiment and practical application of "rule of government by men", not "government by rule of law."

If you don't like the laws, change them, by whim. If you don't like the way government is operating, obstruct it."

Christie's situation is political theatre now throughout the land - meritless government, and direction by whim, not representation.

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