: Yvonne Hinds
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#1 Mar 24, 2011
A candidate with NO legal or law enforcement experience is just going to start being a judge ?
She spends ONE day in the court office and knows she has what it takes ?
She is not a membership of the " establishment " ?
But her husband IS , he is a police officer in the SAME township and she KNOWS all of the cops. Her perspective will certainly make anyone that comes before her wonder how fair and impartial she can possibly be.
Seems like a BIG conflict of interest.
#2 Mar 24, 2011
I will respond to this comment directly and not use a fictitious name. Although I AM married to a police officer who works in the district in which I am running, I would NOT be able to preside over any of his cases. Secondly, I do NOT know ALL of the police officers nor do I associate with ANY of them on a social basis. I know SOME of their names and SOME of their faces (mainly the older ones). I can GUARANTEE that I would be impartial due to the fact that I have NO personal association with these officers. Truth be told, some of my opponents probably know these officers better than me due to their common profession.
As to my opponents, three of them ARE/WERE police officers. They have courtroom experience but that experience is on the "prosecution" side only. I have vowed not to in any way get into a derogatory race; however, I question whether a police officer makes a "better" judge. When an officer comes into the courtroom for a hearing, 9 chances out of 10, that hearing is for a traffic offense. An MDJ not only hears these types of cases but also presides over civil cases as well - landlord/tenant issues, small claims issues, neighbor vs. neighbor issues. With my business background, I DO feel that I have much to offer our citizens. I'm not saying that my opponents wouldn't make fine MDJ's, just pointing out that one DOESN'T have to be a police officer or an attorney to hold this office.
I would also like to inform readers of this post that ANYONE other than an attorney who is elected to this position must go through a full month of training and must also pass an intensive exam prior to taking office. This includes police officers. I have made the decision not to attend the training until after the primary election. I want to make sure I have the confidence of the township residents before deciding to take a month of leave from my current position. I have all the confidence in my abilities that I will do well.
I would like to thank anyone who takes the time to read these comments. Uh-oh...I'm starting to sound like a politician - something that I really don't consider myself.
#3 Mar 24, 2011
Sorry Mrs. Hinds
As a twp resident , I think we need a magistrate who has a GOOD legal background in USING the laws. Business experience is nice but it has little to do with the laws.
Magistrates have to listen to IMPORTANT criminal cases and make IMPORTANT decisions which can ONLY come from experience in the laws. Murder , robbery , rape etc. are all cases that come before a magistrate and you just don't know a thing about them. Some school that lasts a month or so can't possibly give you a solid background of knowledge in the laws !
Your complete lack of knowledge in the laws and how they are used and applied on a daily basis is quite troubling to me. Of a concern is also your husband who is an officer there and his co-workers are about the only cops you will deal with.
There is a BIG conflict of interest brewing that any 1st year lawyer will be able to appeal many of your cases if you were in the position as magistrate.
Your run is well intentioned but your background has so little experience and knowledge in it that you can never make up for over several of your opponents. How can you even compete against cops that have decades of using the laws and know them very well ?
#4 Mar 24, 2011
Too ImportantÖThank you for your opinion. Everyone is entitled to one. I donít want these posts to get out of hand as so many do so I will make one final comment and then the people will decide in May. Iím positive that every MDJ to ever hold the position, past or present, has not necessarily been an attorney or a police officer, some even right here in York County. Many have, but not all. If you think that one has to have been in either of these professions to have the intelligence to make a good Judge, then not only are you selling me short, you are selling short a huge number of the township population. As a matter of fact, the Republican Committee in a county north of York actually nominated a BUSINESSMAN over an attorney and a police officer to fulfill an open MDJ position. Note: the governor chose to leave the position open as it is up for election this year as well. And that BUSINESSMAN is one of the candidates, along with the attorney and the police officer. Again, thanks for the comment.
#5 Mar 24, 2011
DID YOU REALLY SAY "I would also like to inform readers of this post that ANYONE other than an attorney who is elected to this position must go through a full month of training and must also pass an intensive exam prior to taking office. This includes police officers. I have made the decision not to attend the training until after the primary election. I want to make sure I have the confidence of the township residents before deciding to take a month of leave from my current position."????
The people running have to enroll in the MDJ class offered in JUNE. Two/Three weeks after the primary. Did you just say you won't attend till after you see if you get selected? DUH, every one running is doing that. If they don't get enough votes then they will withdraw from the class. If you wanted to show your real ability, you would have taken the class last year. Sorry, have to vote for someone else. ONE DAY? Did she really say ONE DAY. AND did she really try and raise a gender card? OMG, are you really that desperate to pull that card out of your pocket????
#7 Mar 25, 2011
I agree that not every person to be elected as a District Judge has been a police officer but most have been and are today. It doesn't have to be that way but there must be a reason that most are. You actually are selling us short with your complete lack of background in the area of the knowledge and use of the many criminal laws that the cops use all of the time. You have never used any of them. And now you want to be the person that passes judgment on others accused of violating them ?
If the Republican club wishes to endorse someone , good for them. Perhaps the businessman is the only person running who joined the party and shows up at the meetings.
We need someone who has experience in using , knowing and applying the laws. The district judges handle serious cases and your job in the office of a nursing home is not one that even comes close to prepare a person for the duties of being a judge.
What do you know about traffic offenses ? DUI's ? Thefts ? Assaults ? How many times have you been to court to testify ? How many cases have you initiated ? Why should the residents of this township settle for someone who has little legal background when there are several others who have a TON of it ?
If the others were running for the manager job at Miseracordia , you would have the distinct advantage over all of them. We dont need a district judge who has to learn all of the laws and court rules from the start when we have a few that are well above and beyond you.
This isn't personal, it is just the truth. Why would anyone vote for you ? Because like the other guy said " you put a female perspective in " ?? We dont care it it is a man or a woman , just give us someone who can hit the ground running , not someone who is so clueless to the entire system / process.
#8 Mar 25, 2011
That position being held open wasn't in West manchester was it? If not, then your point and points are without merit.
#9 Mar 27, 2011
I see in the article that she says she is unbiased. Does this mean that all of the other people running are biased ?
I know her husband is a cop in the township as well , is he biased ?
I,ll bet the chief of the police department is looking forward to one of his officers wives being the judge there .....NOT !
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