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I have always believe in justice and listening to both sides of any argument before making a judgement. I believe in having a day in court. I am not directly involved in the case I am writing about but what I have seen and heard has really made me look at the Judical system in a new way. I know there are corrupt lawyers and judges. There are good and bad ones but I always felt that there were more good ones actually trying to do what they are supposed to do. Yet, dealing with a friend whose child has an estate overseen by the Orphan's Court, I have been shocked by what she has had to endure and the ridiculous hoops she basically has been asked to jump through, The most upesetting thing about the case is the biases I have seen on the part of the judge that is overseeing the estate. What is now scary is that this judge is running to be on the Superior Ccurt. She is supposed to oversee the estate of this minor child, making sure that the child's interest and needs are being met.
As our generation becomes more involved in the political process, smaller elections once considered irrelevant, are now holding more weight. In a state where all judges are elected, citizens must make a conscious effort to be aware of whom we put on the bench. Judges decide whether or not are libraries stay open, what the constitution means, what rights we have and a host of other issues that effect all facets of our lives.
If you like, you can head over and read RussDiamond's ranting about PACleanSweep and their plan to defeat all the judges up for retention. But this isn't about that.
I have to confess that I typically vote against retention unless I have a specific reason to vote for a judge, because I think retention elections are dumb. I haven't decided what I'll do this time; I don't really align myself with PACleanSweep.
However, PACleanSweep or no, you must vote no on retaining Teresa Carr Deni. She just made a catastrophic ruling so activist and with such blatant disregard for the law and the roles of the legislature and jury that she is clearly not competent to sit on the bench.
She decided that a prostitute, who had agreed to have sex with two men for a certain amount of money, and who was then gang raped at gunpoint by five men and given no money, was not a victim of rape but merely a victim of "theft of services".
The law is quite clear: rape is having sex with a victim by forcible compulsion. And once there's a gun in her face and she's saying no, that is forcible compulsion. Doesn't matter how she makes her living, doesn't matter what was said before. These jerks were forcibly compelling this woman to have sex, and in taking the decision away from the jury, this judge ignored the law.
PACleanSweep believes that all the judges have violated the Constitution and thus proven themselves unfit to sit on the bench. That may be, but it is certainly a more esoteric argument than this one, where the law, the allegations and the subsequent gross dereliction of duty are absolutely clear.
VOTE NO ON RETAINING JUDGE TERESA CARR DENI.