People are confusing the issues here. Unpaid Taxes clearly are not something to be proud of. However neither is trying to use the system for personal gain as the Donofrios intend to do.
If another Donofrio is elected to this court; then the taxpayers and state will be put out. Attorney Donofrio and his brother BOTH know that if he can get elected; they will both receive full compensation for doing part of the job.
Why is the mainstream media failing to point this out?
Only 3 judges are required to hear a case. HOWEVER; both Donofrios will not be able to hear the same cases together.
SO, they will both be excluded from doing their share of work on the board. IT is a clear attempt at using the system to one's personal advantage.
February 14, 2014 at 1:51 p.m.
Attorney Engler's experience and ability to be fair and follow the rule of law should be the only concern any voter has in my opinion.
Having two Donofrios on the Appellate Court will likely cost everyone more money. And allow them both to collect compensation for doing half a job.
How you ask?
Only one of the brothers will be able to hear any case at a time. So if there are two of them on a court with only four judges; nearly everytime a case comes up, one of them will be excluded from hearing the case.
So either a visiting judge has to hear it at additional cost or the other two judges are doing double duty and Donofrio's doing half duty.
I would trust Attorney Engler way before I would trust any Donofrio simply because of this issue. It looks like Donofrios are trying to use their current clout and positions to beat the system. And get paid for nothing.
At least when Attorney Engler gets paid; he has earned it.
February 7, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.
I am fairly certain that this move by Director Donofrio is a way of expanding his family's influence within local government. And not to the Taxpayer's benefit.
It could also be a way for the Donofrio family to extract additional money from local taxpayers for less work. It is my understanding that when a case comes before the appellate court; it must be heard by three judges. BUT it cannot be heard by two members of the same family.
So everytime a case comes up, if Director Donofrio is elected; one of the Donofrios would not be eligible to actually to hear the case. So the other two people on the court will end up working twice as hard, OR a visiting judge will have to be brought in to handle what Director Donofrio or his brother (who is already on the court) should be doing at Taxpayer Expense.
This area has suffered for years at the hands of little empires of people who believe they are entitled to run the government. For any region to flourish, justice and the rule of law needs to be honored.
In my estimation, this move by Director Donofrio is simply a way for the 95% to maintain their power and influence at the expense of fairness and the rule of law.
If you love this area and desire to see justice done at the highest levels of government; then please see through this play by the Donofrio family and elect anyone but Director Donofrio.
January 10, 2014 at 12:32 p.m.