District judge candidate out of race

District judge candidate out of race

There are 24 comments on the Evening Sun story from May 9, 2011, titled District judge candidate out of race. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

One of the candidates running for district judge in western Adams County has withdrawn from the race due to allegations that his candidacy violates federal law.

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Biggins is the man

Gettysburg, PA

#1 May 9, 2011
This is the year for change in Adams County!

Beauchat is long overdue to be oosted.

And Biggins has the experience, commonsense, and compassion for humanity that makes him the man for the job!

Vote BIGGINS for District Justice in Cumberland Township! He's got my vote!
alpha-omega

Carlisle, PA

#2 May 9, 2011
This attack is totally below the belt, the incumbent is the only candidate not controlled by the hatch act. All of the others are full time police officers and their departments take federal funds in the budgets somewhere in the process.

The hatch act was written to protect from cronieism and neptitisum not to remove a person from competition a week from the primary. Show some guts and let the guy run.

I am sorry Ryan that you were the target of such a low scheme from a 60 year old law.
Moose

Gettysburg, PA

#3 May 10, 2011
Sounds like someone was getting scared. You could still write Mr. Morris in. Then write him in again in November. This kind of dirty politics makes one wonder...
Watcher

Arlington, VA

#4 May 10, 2011
It's a sad day when a man as qualified as Ryan has to be the target of another person(s) below-the-belt punches to keep him from running. Just like "Moose" said... Write him in! He may not be able to run, but the voters can still write him in!
Stinks

Fannettsburg, PA

#5 May 10, 2011
Mr. Morris would not have gotten my vote. However, this type of tactic stinks! Why do some people have to resort to this type of tactic? Who wrote the letter to the Office of Special counsel? Is that a matter of public record? Time for a change in that office! Vote Biggins!
Can state cops run

Harrisburg, PA

#6 May 10, 2011
If the Troopers would run they would win easily because they are the cream of the crop when it ocmes to cop duties in the state. Locals go away.
THINK about it

Carlisle, PA

#7 May 10, 2011
Sounds to me like the only honest candidate we had dropped out!! I would'nt vote for any of the others, and as far as the person who posted it's time for a change, I would'nt use that phrase because Thats what Obama used, & look at what we got when we got him!
Grammarian

Clifton, NJ

#8 May 10, 2011
The real outrage here ought to be systemic: End judicial elections! If the judiciary is elected just as the executive and legislative branches are, then there can be no true checks and balances from what should be a counter-majoritarian branch of government. Arbitration of the law should not be up for a voteĀ—and, since _Citizens United_, purchase. The Hatch Act is just a finger in a shoddy dike.
Grammarian

Clifton, NJ

#9 May 10, 2011
The redacted word in my above comment was a synonym for "dam," rhymes with "like."
Judy

Bowie, MD

#10 May 10, 2011
I hope the press reveals who lodged this complaint, this is dirty politics and i dont want to vote for a dirty politician if in fact it was someone who is running for this office. The only person in my opinion who can render an unbiased verdict is the current incumbent district judge who is not affiliated with any law enforcement agency. My opinion is if you elect a law enforcement officer to this position they will always side with the police and how is that fair? Im pro law enforcement but police need to be police not judges.
Judy

Bowie, MD

#11 May 10, 2011
Can you imagine getting a parking or speeding ticket that you felt wasnt justified and having to appear before Biggins or Hileman as a magistrate? Both of them being ticket happy police officers wouldin my opinion have no mercy,compassion or understanding for your not guilty plea they both would throw down the gavel "GUILTY AS CHARGED" think about it before you vote for either of them!

Since: Dec 07

Arlington, VA

#12 May 10, 2011
Given a choice, I'd go with Beauchat (pronounced "BAYshaw" I believe) because I'd expect greater objectivity from lawyers than cops, who tend to be biased in favor of cops.
Say What

York, PA

#13 May 10, 2011
Jeff Spangler wrote:
Given a choice, I'd go with Beauchat (pronounced "BAYshaw" I believe) because I'd expect greater objectivity from lawyers than cops, who tend to be biased in favor of cops.
Actually Jeff, my professional experience as an officer is that retired or former officers are far more objective than Lawyers or other higher educated invididuals!

They know what the real role of the DM and rule accordingly. I've appears numerous times before a lawyer and teacher that are DM's and it was like I was in front of the Supreme Court, arguiing items that had no bearing at the DM level or even at the Common Pleas level!!

We used to call one court, "The Supreme Court of *****" !!!
Gettysburgian

Littlestown, PA

#14 May 10, 2011
The candidates who are cops see this job as an extension of their law enforcement duties. That is not what being a District Judge is about. District Judges are the judicial system's first line of defense for citizens against police action. A DJ should be educated in the law and NOT have a law enforcement bias. That's why I'm voting for Beauchat.
amazing

Gettysburg, PA

#15 May 11, 2011
Say What wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually Jeff, my professional experience as an officer is that retired or former officers are far more objective than Lawyers or other higher educated invididuals!
They know what the real role of the DM and rule accordingly. I've appears numerous times before a lawyer and teacher that are DM's and it was like I was in front of the Supreme Court, arguiing items that had no bearing at the DM level or even at the Common Pleas level!!
We used to call one court, "The Supreme Court of *****" !!!
That funny, because our courts are full due to the fact beat cops can't make a professional decision in the field and leave it to the judges..hmmmm
My two cents

Harrisburg, PA

#16 May 11, 2011
Did Morris know this law existed, it appears he did. If that is the case then he has NO regard for the rule of law and as such should not be considered as a viable candidate in that as a district justice he would be making rulings based on laws which he may not comply with himself.

Bye bye bomb guy.

Since: Dec 07

Arlington, VA

#17 May 11, 2011
Say What wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually Jeff, my professional experience as an officer is that retired or former officers are far more objective than Lawyers or other higher educated invididuals!
They know what the "real role" of the DM and rule accordingly. I've appears numerous times before a lawyer and teacher that are DM's and it was like I was in front of the Supreme Court, arguiing items that had no bearing at the DM level or even at the Common Pleas level!!
We used to call one court, "The Supreme Court of *****" !!!
[quotation marks added, multiple exclamatiomn points in original]
This is further evidence of a cop's contempt for the rule of law and formal training in the meaning of words in the law, in addition to failing to get good advice on the Hatch Act before running. And what's with the multiple exclamation points, never used in professional writing?
Broke

Carlisle, PA

#18 May 11, 2011
if you think i'm voting for a cop,you're crazier than a bed bug
sooooo

Carlisle, PA

#19 May 11, 2011
Jeff Spangler wrote:
Given a choice, I'd go with Beauchat (pronounced "BAYshaw" I believe) because I'd expect greater objectivity from lawyers than cops, who tend to be biased in favor of cops.
According to your logic, Beauchat,(who was a former defense attorney) would be biased towards defendants being not guilty?

The bottom line is that in my experience lawyers get bored with the everyday traffic and minor civil issues at the DM level and try to entertain themselves by making simple cases complicated by entertaining suppression issues and higher court functions. A DM needs to come to terms that he or she is just that, a DM, and not a Justice of the SCOTUS. Ask Beauchat he'll tell you how important he is.
sooooo

Carlisle, PA

#20 May 11, 2011
amazing wrote:
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That funny, because our courts are full due to the fact beat cops can't make a professional decision in the field and leave it to the judges..hmmmm
I would tend to think that the courts are full because of increases in criminal behavior and more effective and aggressive law enforcement. PSP just posted record numbers for the 9th straight year in DUI arrests. What does that have to do with making professional decisions? apples and oranges...

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