Three vie for retiring district judge...

Three vie for retiring district judge's seat

There are 12 comments on the Evening Sun story from Mar 21, 2011, titled Three vie for retiring district judge's seat. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

The three candidates running for retiring Magisterial District Judge Kim Leppo's seat have considerable law enforcement experience in the form of a current police sergeant, senior deputy prosecutor and retired police detective.

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Thomas M Fisher

Spring Grove, PA

#1 Mar 22, 2011
The only candidate qualified for this elected position is Tom Reilly,he has a law degree and experince in an actual courtroom,Jack Greene is the least qualified and would be the most costly to the taxpayers if elected for several reasons,(1)since he is a police officer in the same district he would be a judge anybody with charges brought against them by the southwestern regional police would have an unfair advantage(2)if the case would be moved to another district judge that cost would be absorbed by the taxpayers(3)the taxpayers would be stuck paying for two pensions.The same reasons would apply to Daniel Press because of being associated with the northern regional police.
hmmm

Spring Grove, PA

#2 Mar 22, 2011
Amazing, it appears as if we may have some candidates that are qualified for this position.

Too bad that can't be said for all magistrates...you can be a construction worker or janitor all your life and win an election...take a three week course and presto; you're qualified...so they say.

Judges should be selected from a pool of qualified applicants and appointed to the position. Only after their appointed term should they have to run for office.

On the bright side, look at your local judges records, see the bails that they set for the criminal element. Judges aren't demigods and need to be held accountable. All too often today you hear of convicted criminals or those who are pending other serious charges being released to prey on other innocent victims...victims that should have never been victims if these criminals were behind bars where they belong.

Want a cure for recidivism? Keep the violent criminals animals in the pen where they belong.
hmmm

Spring Grove, PA

#3 Mar 22, 2011
Thomas M Fisher wrote:
The only candidate qualified for this elected position is Tom Reilly,he has a law degree and experince in an actual courtroom,Jack Greene is the least qualified and would be the most costly to the taxpayers if elected for several reasons,(1)since he is a police officer in the same district he would be a judge anybody with charges brought against them by the southwestern regional police would have an unfair advantage(2)if the case would be moved to another district judge that cost would be absorbed by the taxpayers(3)the taxpayers would be stuck paying for two pensions.The same reasons would apply to Daniel Press because of being associated with the northern regional police.
How much would it cost to move a case? It hase to be heard in a courtroom somewhere...
Ummm, two pensions...yes either way. Greene will still get his pension, as would the elected magistrate, if its someone else. So, its either pay two pensions to two people, or pay two pensions to one person.

As for favoritism? Really? The magistrate only handles minor cases anyway. Preliminary hearings are what they are...just to show that there is evidence a crime was committed to forward the case...pretty basic, just like an indictment. If you've heard the expression, "you can get a ham sandwich indicted", the same is true for a preliminary hearing.

I don't favor a particular candidate, I just wanted you to see how ridiculous your statements are...just backing up my point that judges should initially be appointed from a pool of qualified candidates...not voted in by some idiot like you.
notsure

York, PA

#4 Mar 23, 2011
Press has a full pension and a full-time job selling real eastate. Now he wants to ALSO be elected to this position? G R E E D Y !!!
john doe 000069

York, PA

#5 Mar 26, 2011
Thomas M Fisher wrote:
The only candidate qualified for this elected position is Tom Reilly,he has a law degree and experince in an actual courtroom,Jack Greene is the least qualified and would be the most costly to the taxpayers if elected for several reasons,(1)since he is a police officer in the same district he would be a judge anybody with charges brought against them by the southwestern regional police would have an unfair advantage(2)if the case would be moved to another district judge that cost would be absorbed by the taxpayers(3)the taxpayers would be stuck paying for two pensions.The same reasons would apply to Daniel Press because of being associated with the northern regional police.
When you talk about Jack Green is the main reason that I feel that no one the has been in law enforcement should be allowed to run for judge. Just like you say Jack Green would believe the lies of police officers he has served with.
EXWalMartGreeter

York, PA

#6 Mar 26, 2011
Really get the #hits of these GREEDY people who love to DOUBLE DIPS into the RETIREMENT SYSTEM. What is so difficult to listen to a case and decide whether it needs to be sent further. Hell, a pigeon farmer could do that!!!
Love ThyNeighbor

York, PA

#7 Mar 26, 2011
john doe 000069 wrote:
<quoted text>When you talk about Jack Green is the main reason that I feel that no one the has been in law enforcement should be allowed to run for judge. Just like you say Jack Green would believe the lies of police officers he has served with.
Wow!'Johnny Dough Head' HAS NOT called police officers "PIGS" for a change. This world IS becoming a kindler/gentler society after all. Ah, until he goes off his meds and gets onto another tirade!
AMERICAN

Clifton Heights, PA

#8 Mar 26, 2011
So let's take a look.

We have a current cop, a retired member of the Northern Regional Gestapo, and a lawyer.

A real savory bunch there, huh??
More like UNAMERICAN

York, PA

#9 Mar 26, 2011
AMERICAN wrote:
So let's take a look.
We have a current cop, a retired member of the Northern Regional Gestapo, and a lawyer.
A real savory bunch there, huh??
And one humongous UN-AMERICAN a##hole, makin' an irrelevant post! YOU wouldn't make a pimple on a REAL Americans a##!!!
co worker

AOL

#10 Mar 26, 2011
if you really knew tom reilly and how much of a jerk he is at our office...........takes more than a degree to give a person common sense.
X co worker you mean

United States

#11 Mar 27, 2011
Bill,

Don't you mean to call yourself a former co-worker, at the office you worked at two years ago? Before you were fired? You of all persons would recognize "a jerk in the office". You were the biggest of all.
In God we Trust

Manheim, PA

#12 Mar 29, 2011
I think any of the three would be ok for district judge, but I think the lawyer is the best choice, since he's prosecuted many cases. Those ADA's don't get paid near as much as those cops are paid, so why not give him a chance to cash in on his education and experience. That's how I feel about it.

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