Sillman decides to hang up robes

Veteran Monterey County Superior Court Judge Stephen Sillman is the lone county judge up for election this year who won't seek another six-year term. Full Story
Joe

Atlanta, GA

#1 Feb 10, 2008
He needed to go. Sillman never understood his role (i.e., that he was a judge and not a prosecutor anymore). A judge needs to be fair and neutral.

Furthermore, he was corrupt and a womanizer. He pulled strings with District Attorney Dean Flippo to get his daughter hired as a deputy DA despite having graduated from a non-accredited law school.

Announcing he will not seek re-election just prior to the deadline was very suspicious. No one runs against an incumbent judge because you are destined to lose. Tom Wills announced he will run knowing full well Sillman was not seeking reelection and will serve out his term, therefore effectively denying other candidates the opportunity to place their name on the ballot.

It's time for other corrupt judges to retire as well. Hopefully, Judge Scott will get retire as well.
Ann

Pebble Beach, CA

#2 Feb 10, 2008
Joe you are right on-target. There is rampant corruption in the Monterey Superior Court... and unfortunately most of the public does not come into contact with it to know.

Other corrupt judges will not retire unless they are exposed. That's what happened to Fields. And he will still get his full pension.

I hope good lawyers will come forward to challenge incumbents.
NotJoe

United States

#3 Feb 21, 2008
Joe wrote:
He needed to go. Sillman never understood his role (i.e., that he was a judge and not a prosecutor anymore). A judge needs to be fair and neutral.
Furthermore, he was corrupt and a womanizer. He pulled strings with District Attorney Dean Flippo to get his daughter hired as a deputy DA despite having graduated from a non-accredited law school.
Announcing he will not seek re-election just prior to the deadline was very suspicious. No one runs against an incumbent judge because you are destined to lose. Tom Wills announced he will run knowing full well Sillman was not seeking reelection and will serve out his term, therefore effectively denying other candidates the opportunity to place their name on the ballot.
It's time for other corrupt judges to retire as well. Hopefully, Judge Scott will get retire as well.
You need to check your facts. Sillman's daughter graduated from Monterey College of Law, which IS a state accredited institution (though not ABA). No strings were pulled, as evidenced by the fact that MANY of the Monterey County DA's and PD's offices employ MCL graduates (btw, I can think of at least 5 judges (including 2 appellate justices) in California who are MCL graduates).

And there are 4 people running for Sillman's vacated seat, so to imply that there was some form of collusion to benefit Wills is hogwash.
JAM

Salinas, CA

#4 Feb 24, 2008
NotJoe wrote:
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You need to check your facts. Sillman's daughter graduated from Monterey College of Law, which IS a state accredited institution (though not ABA). No strings were pulled, as evidenced by the fact that MANY of the Monterey County DA's and PD's offices employ MCL graduates (btw, I can think of at least 5 judges (including 2 appellate justices) in California who are MCL graduates).
And there are 4 people running for Sillman's vacated seat, so to imply that there was some form of collusion to benefit Wills is hogwash.
Your so full crap and hogwash you know they are corrupted the good old boys. These people are the worst.
NotJoe

United States

#5 Feb 25, 2008
JAM wrote:
<quoted text> Your so full crap and hogwash you know they are corrupted the good old boys. These people are the worst.
LOL Go ahead, dispute (with facts) anything I said. I dare you. Whether you believe particular judges or others are corrupt or not has nothing to do with it (nor did I directly weigh in on that issue). Joe made some outright false statements, which I corrected (and which can be PROVEN). Go ahead, try to dispute it.
Douglas P

Antioch, CA

#6 Mar 27, 2008
I saw the news story about the Drug Court work by Judge Sillman. Thank you for your hard work. Your willingness to help others overcome addiction shows your dedication to the community and the legal profession.
When we look at the facts, we find that most of the prop 36 clients that go to Drug Court have previously visited the court system in Civil/Family or Criminal Courts.
Perhaps we can get help for these people earlier, thereby saving $ in public assitance, urgent care health services, long term health care provided by the state, law enforcement, and institutions of encarceration.
Having the Judicial branch involved with programs like Drug Court will help identify those with a drug problem long before they become hopeless alcoholics and addicts. Thank You for your help Judge Sillman. Your work in Drug Court saves lives.

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