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Old 06-06-2014, 06:44 AM
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He wrote of a "lawyerless father", who was trying to make his case for return of his children who had been taken by the Mother, the judge interjecting his own observations and comments, which were unnerving to the father's plea.

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"The court is a very important part of our civil society," said one attorney who works with low-income clients. "And right now, people are tremendously dissatisfied. There's mismanagement, an uncaring bureaucracy, lost records and a ridiculous backlog. But mostly, it's the judges: the arrogance, the bias, the bizarre behavior." ..."Shelton is a walking case for why there should be term limits for judges," said one legal scholar. "He has his favorite group of old-boys'-club lawyers and he holds grudges against others; he retaliates by making their clients suffer for it."

..."The judicial system is the closest thing to a fiefdom that we have in our society," said one legal clinician. "We say it's about justice, but it's also about power. Not even the president can just throw you in jail without a reason. But a judge can.
One commenter wrote: "I have practiced law in Washtenaw County for more than twenty years and strongly disagree with the allegations made in the article."

Another responded to the commenter: "Didn't you donate $3,400.00 to the Timothy Connors re-election committee in 2012? Didn't your law partners each "chip in" another statutory maximum of $3,400 for a grand total of $10,300.00? Didn't the $10,300.00 in donations from your firm's three partners dwarf the total collected in contributions by Connors' opponent, Michael Woodyard, from all sources during the entire election cycle?"

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I'm sure that most here have had dealings with a court system during their lifetime. Post your experiences here for discussion.
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:11 AM
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As a contractor I have been in court a few times over 40 years, primarily seeking judgements against deadbeats. I have to admit that my experiences have been positive, with the sitting judge being fair and reasonable, which is all one can ask for. The law was specific in each case, and judgements were granted as sought.

OTOH, collecting those judgements can be an arduous project. I had one that took over a year of wage garnishments to get my money. But in that case, the court (in a city other than mine) provide guidance in how to collect, which I thought was very nice of them. never have I needed or sought the services of an attorney, as these were always less than a few thousands of dollars. Win or lose, I took my chances representing my cases myself without being taken to the cleaners by some smooth talking attorney in a suit better than mine, who wanted 30% of what I already earned and was trying to collect. Most of them are just bottom feeders, IMHO.
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Never had to deal with any court. *knock on wood* I can't recall ever stepping inside a courtroom.
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Never had to deal with any court. *knock on wood* I can't recall ever stepping inside a courtroom.
You'd be a great juror. Go down when you get your next summons and check it out. It took me four times before I got selected for a trial and the experience was pretty cool actually. It was a case about two guys who bought and sold auction cars. One guy would fix them one guy would sell them. It took us two days to finally agree on something I thought would have been very easy to decide.
The back and forth banter in the jury room is a lot like here at times…..
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