Judge recognizes officers

Judge recognizes officers

There are 9 comments on the Ruidoso News story from Sep 14, 2012, titled Judge recognizes officers. In it, Ruidoso News reports that:

Ruidoso Downs Municipal Judge awarded Animal Control Officer Charles Massey, left, and Patrol Officer Tom Gavin with Officer of the Month awards.

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Atta Boys

Walnut Creek, CA

#1 Sep 14, 2012
Nice to see some positive news in print. Thanks to Judge Mansell for acknowledging accomplishments and character.
Strange indeed

Carrizozo, NM

#2 Sep 14, 2012
So why is a judge giving awards to parties in cases hat wll come before him? I thought officer of the month was a police award, not a court award. So why is a judge giving cops awards? Will he ever avoid a recusal in either case?

What it sounds like is he was appointed by the executive to perform a polce duty. Chilling. And illegal. This guy consulted with the executive branch - prohibited, took an appointment to act for the executive - prohibited and manifest a clear prejudice in favor of to cops that appear before him regularly.

When that sort of stuff came up in Capitan the citizens crucified the judge. Recuse him if you ever have to go to court on paper written by either of the 2 awardees. Parsons understands the drill.
whoizyourproblem with

Ruidoso, NM

#3 Sep 16, 2012
Strange indeed wrote:
So why is a judge giving awards to parties in cases hat wll come before him? I thought officer of the month was a police award, not a court award. So why is a judge giving cops awards? Will he ever avoid a recusal in either case?
What it sounds like is he was appointed by the executive to perform a polce duty. Chilling. And illegal. This guy consulted with the executive branch - prohibited, took an appointment to act for the executive - prohibited and manifest a clear prejudice in favor of to cops that appear before him regularly.
When that sort of stuff came up in Capitan the citizens crucified the judge. Recuse him if you ever have to go to court on paper written by either of the 2 awardees. Parsons understands the drill.
Both the recognized officers are deserving of more extraordinary awards than officer of the month. Should it be done another way? How should we honor those with integrity? stop pointing uncertain fingers in my eyes without giving me a suggestion of how this could be done better.
Reality

Ruidoso, NM

#4 Sep 17, 2012
whoizyourproblemwith wrote:
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Both the recognized officers are deserving of more extraordinary awards than officer of the month. Should it be done another way? How should we honor those with integrity? stop pointing uncertain fingers in my eyes without giving me a suggestion of how this could be done better.
I do not know either of the officers and they may be very well deserving of the recognition. However, there should be a separation between the courts and law enforcement. The recognition should have come from the Police Chief or the Mayor. The court is supposed to be fair and impartial, when they are presenting awards directly to officers that may come before their court, there is some possibility that impartiality could be overlooked.
Leah

Monroe, VA

#5 Sep 17, 2012
Strange indeed wrote:
So why is a judge giving awards to parties in cases hat wll come before him? I thought officer of the month was a police award, not a court award. So why is a judge giving cops awards? Will he ever avoid a recusal in either case?
What it sounds like is he was appointed by the executive to perform a polce duty. Chilling. And illegal. This guy consulted with the executive branch - prohibited, took an appointment to act for the executive - prohibited and manifest a clear prejudice in favor of to cops that appear before him regularly.
When that sort of stuff came up in Capitan the citizens crucified the judge. Recuse him if you ever have to go to court on paper written by either of the 2 awardees. Parsons understands the drill.
I agree. I am sure the officers are deserving..that is not the point. Any impropriety or appearance of such is unacceptable by any judge, in my opinion.

The Capitan judge voluntarily showed clear favor toward a cop by testifying to his character. Leaving any citizens who appear in his court at a sure disadvantage. Wonder if he would make that same mistake a second time, knowing the outcome?

The Mechanic

Ruidoso, NM

#6 Sep 17, 2012
whoizyourproblemwith wrote:
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Both the recognized officers are deserving of more extraordinary awards than officer of the month. Should it be done another way? How should we honor those with integrity? stop pointing uncertain fingers in my eyes without giving me a suggestion of how this could be done better.
It believe it is the responsibility of the mayors office to officially award such honors.
Reality

Ruidoso, NM

#7 Sep 18, 2012
Leah wrote:
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I agree. I am sure the officers are deserving..that is not the point. Any impropriety or appearance of such is unacceptable by any judge, in my opinion.
The Capitan judge voluntarily showed clear favor toward a cop by testifying to his character. Leaving any citizens who appear in his court at a sure disadvantage. Wonder if he would make that same mistake a second time, knowing the outcome?
It is the Judge from Ruidoso Downs, not Capitan.
Not A Rookie

Ruidoso, NM

#8 Sep 18, 2012
Reality wrote:
<quoted text>It is the Judge from Ruidoso Downs, not Capitan.
He has only been a judge for 40 years.
Same dif

Hardy, VA

#9 Sep 18, 2012
Reality wrote:
<quoted text>It is the Judge from Ruidoso Downs, not Capitan.
The reality is the same whether from RD or from Capitan.

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