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Vote 2010 10th Judicial District / Judicial endorsements divisive

There are 21 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Oct 29, 2010, titled Vote 2010 10th Judicial District / Judicial endorsements divisive. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

It's rare to see a competitive judicial race in Minnesota, because most judges are appointed or run unopposed.

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mnlawyer

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Oct 29, 2010
The other contested race in the 10th Judicial District has 26 year judge Michael Roith being challenged by John Dehen. Dehen was publicly disciplined by the Minnesota Supreme Court for violating a federal court order and for illegally soliciting potential clients through the mail, and he has had protective orders issued against him. This is all true. Looks like an easy choice. I would vote for Mike Roith - the experienced judge who does not have the baggage that Dehen has.

Jedge Roith has presided over nearly every conceivable case that could come before a judge. Dehen has none of that experience. The learning curve for Dehen to become competent as a judge appears insurmountable. Dehen does not even carry malpractice insurance.

Dehen is touting his 20 years of experience - MISLEADING! He has never been a judge. Roith has been an attorney for 33 years and before he was a judge, he prosecuted serious felony cases. What has Dehen done?

Lawn signs don't make for a qualified judge - judicial experience does. And Roith has it.
Really

Wheaton, IL

#2 Oct 29, 2010
"Lawn signs don't make for a qualified judge - judicial experience does."

False argument. You can be in any occupation for years and still be bad at it.
topck

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Oct 29, 2010
mnlawyer wrote:
The other contested race in the 10th Judicial District has 26 year judge Michael Roith being challenged by John Dehen. Dehen was publicly disciplined by the Minnesota Supreme Court for violating a federal court order and for illegally soliciting potential clients through the mail, and he has had protective orders issued against him. This is all true. Looks like an easy choice. I would vote for Mike Roith - the experienced judge who does not have the baggage that Dehen has.
Jedge Roith has presided over nearly every conceivable case that could come before a judge. Dehen has none of that experience. The learning curve for Dehen to become competent as a judge appears insurmountable. Dehen does not even carry malpractice insurance.
Dehen is touting his 20 years of experience - MISLEADING! He has never been a judge. Roith has been an attorney for 33 years and before he was a judge, he prosecuted serious felony cases. What has Dehen done?
Lawn signs don't make for a qualified judge - judicial experience does. And Roith has it.
And the Minnesota Supreme Court went after Greg Wersal for getting political party endorcement. Greg went to the US Supreme Court and the US Court said that Gregs and any candidate running for judge had there free speech rights violated by the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Dehen is a strong supporter of the US Constitution and our MN Supreme Court is not. He will uphold the constitutiom unlike the MN Courts. He is not one to back down to crooked judges. Go get them John.

MNLAWYER, sight your cases against John.
topck

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Oct 29, 2010
There is no "incermountable learning curve for a lawyer to be a judge otherwise there would be no judges and Roith wouldn't meet your qualifications. Your rational is non existant.
topck

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Oct 29, 2010
So your saying a laywer with 7 years experience before being a judge is worth more than a lawyer with 20 years of experience before being a judge. Irrational!
topck

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Oct 29, 2010
Roith probably has a lot of skelletons in the closet? How many transcripts has he falsified or how much evidence has he removed from case files? Has the board on judicial standards covered up for him like they do other judges?

26 years is a lot to account for. Time to make a change.
topck

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Oct 29, 2010
Judges have been getting endorcements for a long time, just not political party. Why should political parties have free speech rights. This is just showing that MN courts have a socialistic bent and not a constitution mindset. All the encumbants should be thrown out.
topck

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Oct 29, 2010
The DFL has been endorcing judges for years through their unions and political committees. Republicans are just now catching up. There is now more of a level playing field and the current judges are crying foul. To bad.
topck

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Oct 29, 2010
It sounds like Greg Wersal is a champion for the Constitution and the MN Supreme court is not. We need to get rid of any current MN Supreme Court Candidate up for election. They just don't get it.
topck

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Oct 29, 2010
So now the courts want to de-politicize the judicial elections by having only a small group of political people choose the judges. Wow! So much for impartiality. We the people give up our liberties (voting) so that only a few people get to vote. Nonsense, I won't do it. Neither should you. Get educated and support the judges that are going to support you by supporting the Constitution.
FL Guy

Cambridge, MN

#11 Oct 31, 2010
VOTE FOR PENWELL!
Injustice

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Oct 31, 2010
I say thumbs down to the Quie Commission and the Bar Association, whose existence is formed more to advocate attorney arrogance rather than justice.

I haven't had an attorney yet that I found I could trust to be my advocate; nor can I trust any judge to be an impartial member of a tribubal because the law itself has become structured that way. Attorneys and judges have made a mockery of the US and State Constitutions in recent years---and it's only getting worse.

Our only chance is keeping the election of judges to the people. Judges should not be appointed. A judge who "opts" to retire before he completes his elected (and "sworn" term) should be forced to pay for the state cost of special election to fill his vacancy.
Injustice

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Oct 31, 2010
Should show me as St Cloud MN
MNlawyer

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Nov 1, 2010
Here is the citation for the discipline against John Dehen: Supreme Court File No. A06-712 Dated September 19, 2006 by Associate Justice Helen Meyer.

The Stipulation for Discipline to which Dehen agreed to reads in part:

“4. Respondent withdraws the answer filed herein and, except as noted below, unconditionally admits the allegations of the petition which may be summarized as follows:
a. Respondent violated a federal court order restricting the use of information provided to him in the course of discovery in a products liability matter and failed to include the word “advertisement” clearly and conspicuously at the beginning of written solicitations to persons he knew to be in need of specific legal services because of a condition or occurrence known to him in violations of Rules 7.2(f), and 8.4(d), Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct, as those rules read prior to October 1, 2005.”

Dehen admitted to the misconduct.

It is also a false choice to compare Dehen as an attorney of 20+ years to Judge Roith as an attorney of 7 years. For starters, Judge Roith has now been an attorney for 33 years. Plus he has been an actual judge for 26 years. Even in those 7 years, Roith handled cases far more serious than Dehen has ever had as a prosecutor. And for Dehen's civil cases, he doesn't even carry malpractice insurance. How substantial can his civil practice be if he doesn't even carry malpractice insurance?

As for the learning curve, it was just a few years ago that Dehen was publicly disciplined for something he did after he had been an attorney for 15 years. Has he even finished his learning curve on being a competent attorney yet? I am not saying the learning curve to become a decent judge is insurmountable for everybody - but compared to Judge Roith, I think Mr. Dehen has a way to go before he should be considered judicial material.

I think your statement that "You can be in any occupation for years and still be bad at it." could certainly apply to John Dehen. I haven't seen anything to suggest that Judge Roith is anything but a well qualified jurist, your libel notwithstanding.

I think anybody reading this living in the 10th Judicial District should vote for Judge Roith.
topck

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Nov 1, 2010
The problem with Roith is that we can't find out all of the bad behavior he may have because the Board on Judicial Standards doesn't disclose or even investigate accusations against a judge. Even if they do repremand a judge they most likely don't make it public.
topck

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Nov 1, 2010
Opps. forgeting to put advertisement on something that is clearly an advertisement. Wow, how terrible.
VoteAgainstIncum bents

Wabasha, MN

#17 Nov 1, 2010
http://kristinapowersbattleforjustice.blogspo...

Read how incubment Court of Appeals Judge Lawrence Stauber UPHELD a local district court judge who played the role of an audio forensic expert witness--using ONLY his naked ear--on behalf of one party in a court proceeding that local judge was presiding over!

VOTE DAN GRIFFITH FOR MN COURT OF APPEALS!!

www.griffithforjudge.com (please watch short video on the front page...Griffith is the man MN desperately needs!)
mnlawyer

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Nov 2, 2010
topck wrote:
The problem with Roith is that we can't find out all of the bad behavior he may have because the Board on Judicial Standards doesn't disclose or even investigate accusations against a judge. Even if they do repremand a judge they most likely don't make it public.
Are you unaware of the 6-month suspension Judge Blakely received? Are you unaware of the Hennepin County judge being investigated for living in a different judicial district from where she is presiding? Judges are investigated and they receive discipline. You asked me for a cite to John Dehen's discipline, how about some facts and citations to back up your accusations? Or are you just going to libel a sitting judge yet again? Dehen already has a track record of being disciplined. Under your theory, he will have problems as a judge as well, but nobody will know about it. Your only "problem with Roith" is that you support Dehen.
mnlawyer

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Nov 2, 2010
topck wrote:
Opps. forgeting to put advertisement on something that is clearly an advertisement. Wow, how terrible.
First, he violated a Federal court order expressly prohibiting the use of confidential information. Then, he acted like an ambulance chaser trying to get clients from that prohibited information. Both actions clearly violated the rules. There is no "gray area" on this. John Dehen either could not figure out how to follow those rules in the first place or, he felt like you do and, he thought the rules were not that important.

So, you think it was clearly an advertisement? That is not a defense to violating the rule.

Are there any other rules of Professional Responsibility that you think are acceptable to violate? Are there any rules of judicial conduct that you think it would be ok if John Dehen violated if he were ever elected to be a judge?
topck

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Nov 2, 2010
mnlawyer wrote:
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Are you unaware of the 6-month suspension Judge Blakely received? Are you unaware of the Hennepin County judge being investigated for living in a different judicial district from where she is presiding? Judges are investigated and they receive discipline. You asked me for a cite to John Dehen's discipline, how about some facts and citations to back up your accusations? Or are you just going to libel a sitting judge yet again? Dehen already has a track record of being disciplined. Under your theory, he will have problems as a judge as well, but nobody will know about it. Your only "problem with Roith" is that you support Dehen.
I am very aware of Judge Blakely. I was pushing for his punishment. But in order to get a judge disciplined takes a lot of effort and campaigning.

Judge Aldrich in Hennepin County was being disciplined for minor issues. But asked for discibility payments because he couldn't hear. Gov. Pawlenty granted him his disability.
There had been an number of complaints about him falsify transcripts, removing evidence from case files, standing up and saying, "la te da, I'm going to bullet proof this case and there is nothing you can do about it", while turning around and shaking his rear end at the respondant. Yet, none of this, even though there have been a signifigant number of complaints leveled agains Aldrich to the Board on Judicial Standards didn't even look into them. Yet he gets a discipline threat for a statement in a divorce case because he said "divorce was never an option for my wife and I, murder maybe, but not divorce" or something very similar to that.
He gets a threat of discipline for this yet destroying others lives through his illegal actions goes unattended to. He should be impeached. Which I will push for this year. These people also need there cases reheard.
The discipline board (Board on Judicial Standards) is a black hole with complaints going in but nothing coming out. Greg Wersal, who is running for the MN Supreme Court said somegthing very similar to this.

The reason any of these judges are being looked into is because of a lot of the work that I and others have done to expose the problem, by press conferences, radio and TV shows, testifying at hearings.
David Paul, executive director for the Board on Judicial Standards is just doing this to cover himself. He was even told at his confirmation hearing to be closely watched because of complaints against himself.

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