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JOHN BRUMMETT: What the lawyers say

By John Brummett

This article was published February 25, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.



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For a while David Letterman ran a segment on his show in which a performer presented an act and then Dave and his bandleader discussed whether what they just saw amounted to anything.



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TheAntiBrummett says... February 25, 2016 at 5:33 a.m.

What about John Dan Kemp receiving $5,500 in campaign contributions from three family members of Lea Ann Finn 16 days after Kemp signed a plea agreement on Finn absolving her of multiple felony drug counts in Stone County? This occurred in October and November of 2015 according to a report in the Blue Hog Report. Are you related to Ms. Finn Mr. Brummett?

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tmccorkindalegmailcom says... February 25, 2016 at 5:53 a.m.

I don't think that's anything. Granted, it affirms my ambivalence.
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It seems to me that chief justice's job duties were diminished last year to where we are voting on who gets to have the word "chief" in front of their supreme court justice title. Weren't pay raises granted to a number of their law clerks and administrators that went around Hannah's management of the court and against the law that states they get paid as much as staff at the appellate courts?
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Therefore, because the chief justice gets out voted administratively even though entitled to a higher salary and the prefix of "chief" in the title, the choice is do you want Kemp as a justice (because Goodson stays on even if she loses) or do you want another Hutchinson appointee as a justice to complete Goodson's term?
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Who would Hutchinson appoint should Goodson win?

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Jackabbott says... February 25, 2016 at 8:44 a.m.

The opinion "poll" of 26 rat lawyers is way too small to mean anything but granted it is interesting. Keep in mind just because you have the title judge in front of your name it does not mean you cannot be corrupt and/or stupid. The judiciary and court system in Arkansas and the other 49 states and the federal bench all the way to the SC are very powerful but is the least scrutinized and investigated branch of government in the country. What these means is, they can make decisions affecting our lives in many, many ways and there are few, if any, consequences that revert back to the judges. In effect, except for elections they report to no one. Their history has seen a remarkable increase In their power with very little curtailment or control. Not a good development/ situation for a democracy.

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TheAntiBrummett says... February 25, 2016 at 8:47 a.m.

Who would Hutchinson appoint? Good question. That question has been asked. Reports are that he has no one under consideration. That is either false or poor gamesmanship. It would be difficult, in his defense, to name a possible appointee before the election. Back to Kemp. He should have recused in this case as he is too close to the Hinkles. His failure to recuse gives the APPEARANCE of impropriety, whether the donations were related or not. The donations just make it look REALLY bad. Kudos to the Blue Hog for good investigative journalism.

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JakeTidmore says... February 25, 2016 at 1:32 p.m.

The foibles of having judges elected. Google the topic and you'll find out how bad this problem of money and judges is when you have them elected by popular appeal instead of selected by merit.

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TheAntiBrummett says... February 25, 2016 at 1:42 p.m.

We see the problems of merit selection when liberals nominate/select judges who do not uphold the Constitution and legislate from the bench. Unfortunately there is no recall method for many of those judges. And don't think for a second that merit selection at the state level will curb cronyism. Politicians call in favors on judges every day. I'll take my chances with judicial elections, with an option to term limit them in the next election.

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mozarky2 says... February 25, 2016 at 2:11 p.m.

I'm in favor of judicial candidate's debates...perhaps even steel cage death matches...

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Lifelonglearner says... February 25, 2016 at 2:14 p.m.

Judge appointments, like voting district reapportionments, should be by a nonpartisan process. Governor should select someone acceptable to the opposition so that way the judges remain centrists.

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TheAntiBrummett says... February 25, 2016 at 2:39 p.m.

Appointment by a governor in no way ensures a moderate/centrist judge. It ensures a judge who is thankful to, and possibly beholden to, a governor. Governors are either Republican or Democrat. I can't recall the last governor from the Centrist Party. Keep learning.

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JakeTidmore says... February 25, 2016 at 2:56 p.m.

The facts disagree with your statements auntiebee. I asked you nicely to google the topic and it appears you were too lazy and/or stupid to do so. You're entitled to your opinion but that''s a long way from making it fact.
The hypocrisy of someone who has his vote bought by the ad campaigns and chooses based upon his own form of favoritism (opting for those who favor his brand of politics) is personified in auntiebee's remarks. One has to step through the slime and smears auntiebee has strewn about his statements to find that his true concern is getting judges that conform to his ideology rather than judges who exhibit expertise in the law.
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Come on AB and cough up some more of your dimwitted "wisdom". Blatant hypocrisy just oozes out of your keyboard with every line you type.

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