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Judges should be allowed to appeal their budgets so that they can maintain independence in their judicial decisions. That part is valid. A Board of Commissioners or council should not be able pressure a courts decision making process by threatening to cut its budget. Being allowed to "mandate" their budgets is something else. The current situation does not seem to involve an issue of judicial decision independence. The judges statement that they know best what their costs are is probably true but their self interest is also heavily involved and may not give them the best perspective. Even if their personal salaries are paid from a different source their self interest is closely tied to how much they pay their friends and coworkers and the level of their workloads.
You know, I'm really really ticked with judges now. I don't trust one of them anymore. When you go to vote on a judge, what do you really know about them. They don't publish all the crap on them. What underhanded decisions they had. Legislating from the bench. Overturning peoples votes. I hold them all in contempt of court. Throw all the bums out!!
Some 233 years ago, we fought a war to be out from under the rule of kings, dukes, earls, and barons. Now we have some clowns in black robes who seem to believe that they are on Earth to run everything and that we mere subjects are here to do their bidding and obey their every whim. Odd, try as I might I see no such grant of power in the US Constitution, or the Ohio Revised Code either. Perhaps some wiser person might point it out for us.Unless and until that happens, I will regard these black-robed dolts as being guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors and agitate for their incarceration on some Devil's Island
I understand the importance of not having the courts beholden to anybody in any way that might influence any cases. BUT. I also understand that for a judge to mandate and insist on increased money being shovelled into his court at a time when the money source is tapped out shows the judge has lost touch with reality.
How about this? Let the voters decide how much money we fund the courts with. What if the county or other government entity no longer is responsible for funding the courts? That amount, which would have gone to the courts, would not be paid by the taxpaying citizens. So our taxes would drop. THEN, the taxpayers would vote on what they considered to be a reasonable budget for the courts, and we'd fund that amount directly to the courts.
What the politicians seem to want is for us taxpayers to just open our wallets and let them take as much as they want. It doesn't work like that.
Ideally, I'd like to see the taxpaying citizens vote on everything that comes out of our paychecks. I resent being forced to be charitable to agencies whose agendas I completely disagree with.
The simple solution is to vote these blowhards out of office next election.
They aren't immune to the economics of the area. Cutting their budgets is a no brainer given the economic conditions.
Wearing a robe seems to turn off their ability to think rationally.
The criminal justice system in the valley is completely broken. It doesn't afford justice or protect the citizens. It's sole purpose is to perpetuate itself and make many of them lots of money.
What part of "blood out of a turnip" do they not understand??
The judges may have a problem but right now isn't the way to go about getting what you want when everybody is having money problems. There is a better way to go about this than what they are doing.
I'm going to do my homework on all of them next time I vote. I say clean them all out. Arrogant bstrds!!!!
Wow - I agree with NoBS. That's a great idea. Like other boards and services, we decide how to fund them. Keeps their decisions out of the hands of the elected county folks and keeps it real. NOBODY I know of gets to mandate their own budget.
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