Kaine changes bill that stems from Gl...

Kaine changes bill that stems from Gloucester case

There are 143 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Apr 3, 2009, titled Kaine changes bill that stems from Gloucester case. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

Timothy M. Kaine , critics say. The bill, which stems from the failed removal of four Gloucester County supervisors, was approved 134 to 1 last month by the General Assembly.

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Think about it

Big Rapids, MI

#142 Apr 8, 2009
witch hunt wrote:
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I never paid much attention to Virginia's system untill I started reading the articles about this mess in Gloucester County. I was surprised to learn that your judges are appointed. We elect judges here, and even our district magistrates. Am I wrong in my assumption that once a judge is appointed, he has that job/title untill he chooses to retire? Because if that is the case, I'm wondering what compels him to be fair and unbiased? Maybe you folks ought to start a letter writing campaign to your state legislature to get that changed.
Judges are appointed by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the local the BAR associations to the delegate(s) for that district. They serve for 8 years and are usually reappointed unless they make a bonehead move, like Parker. There is case study, like Judge Andrews in Hampton who tossed a DUI of a local high school football coach. He wasn't reappointed. Hopefully, Parker will feel the same heat as he is up for reappointment next year.
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#143 Apr 8, 2009
Think about it wrote:
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Judges are appointed by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the local the BAR associations to the delegate(s) for that district. They serve for 8 years and are usually reappointed unless they make a bonehead move, like Parker. There is case study, like Judge Andrews in Hampton who tossed a DUI of a local high school football coach. He wasn't reappointed. Hopefully, Parker will feel the same heat as he is up for reappointment next year.
Thanks. That clears up a lot of questions. I still think I like our system of electing judges, though. What do you think?
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Gloucester, VA

#144 Apr 9, 2009
witch hunt wrote:
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I never paid much attention to Virginia's system untill I started reading the articles about this mess in Gloucester County. I was surprised to learn that your judges are appointed. We elect judges here, and even our district magistrates. Am I wrong in my assumption that once a judge is appointed, he has that job/title untill he chooses to retire? Because if that is the case, I'm wondering what compels him to be fair and unbiased? Maybe you folks ought to start a letter writing campaign to your state legislature to get that changed.
My understanding that the judges get re-appointed every so many years. Parker is up for reappointment in 2010, I believe.

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