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My biggest motivation for creating my own blogs was to avoid the arbitrary censorship practiced by other blogs and various other Internet forums. Censorship will be avoided in my blogs -- there will be no deletion of comments, no closing of comment threads, no holding up of comments for moderation, and no commenter registration hassles. Comments containing nothing but insults and/or ad hominem attacks are discouraged. My non-response to a particular comment should not be interpreted as agreement, approval, or inability to answer.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

CJ John Roberts repeats call for higher pay for federal judges

Chief Justice John Roberts has repeated his greedy self-serving call for higher pay for federal judges:

Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts renewed his call for higher judicial pay on Wednesday, warning of long-term damage to the fabric of the courts.

In his annual year-end report, Roberts noted judges' salaries have declined over the past two decades when measured against inflation, causing many judges to leave the bench for more lucrative jobs in the private sector . . . .

. . . Some members of Congress are cool to the idea of higher pay for federal judges, who are among the highest paid federal employees. They also enjoy lifetime job security, and can retire at 65 with full salary after 15 years on the job.

We are not even getting our money's worth now. Here are two examples of lousy federal judges:
District-court judge "Jackass" Jones:

(1) -- showed extreme prejudice against Intelligent Design and the Dover defendants -- regardless of whether or not ID is a religious concept -- by saying in a Dickinson College commencement speech that his Kitzmiller v Dover decision was based on his cockamamie notion that the Founders based the establishment clause upon a belief that organized religions are not "true" religions.

(2) -- The ID-as-science section of the Dover opinion was copied nearly verbatim from the plaintiffs' opening post-trial brief while ignoring the defendants' opening post-trial brief and the plaintiffs' and defendants' answering post-trial briefs.

(3) -- has been criss-crossing the country lecturing that critics of his Dover decision have no respect for judicial independence.

District-court judge TJ "Mad" Hatter:

-- has a bad reputation for issuing decisions without opinions.


Anonymous Michael said...

I question Chief Justice John Roberts call for higher pay for Judges. Because for one thing, the economy is in a slowdown mode. Many jobs have been lost last year, and perhaps more on the way for this year. In good economic times it's better to ask for a pay raise.

Larry why did you bring Judge Jones into the discussion in such a way as you did? Granted I agree, Jones is wrong about his ruling on science criteria. Is this one of the reasons why you are against a pay raise for Judges or just don't like Judges in general?

Friday, January 02, 2009 2:51:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>>>> Granted I agree, Jones is wrong about his ruling on science criteria. Is this one of the reasons why you are against a pay raise for Judges or just don't like Judges in general? <<<<<<<

I don't like judges in general and Judge Jones is of course one of the reasons. Another reason is my own bad personal experiences with judges.

Also, there are other things that I dislike about the law profession:

(1) Typically, law journals are not peer-reviewed or even faculty-reviewed but are only student-reviewed, and law journals are frequently cited in court opinions -- the Harvard Law Review alone was cited 4410 times in federal court opinions alone in the decade 1970-79 alone.

(2) The law profession has done nothing to discourage arbitrary censorship of visitors' comments on blogs. The Law X.0 bloggers will not consider any of my comments for posting and one of my comments was arbitrarily censored on the Volokh Conspiracy blog.

Maybe I would not be in favor of a pay raise for judges even if I didn't dislike them. They are well-compensated already, particularly when job security and pensions are taken into account.

Saturday, January 03, 2009 11:40:00 AM  

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