Here comes the Judge: Superior Court District 15B Oct. 16th Bar Forum

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

There were 20+ folks tonight – with a couple from the media – maybe 4 or 5 organizers – some town staff and the balance being interested citizens. I was already convinced that District 15B voters have a heck of slate of candidates before them – tonight I was more impressed than ever.

Very simply – we can’t lose. Of course, we have to pick and the candidates did a good job differentiating their philosophies, approaches, procedures and performance.

Due to what turned out to be poor placement of the camera and some technical issues I botched Adam Steins opening statement. In my defense, I set my camera up early – on a tripod as per BrianR’s excellent recommendation – well away from onlookers and the moderator. But then “dancin’ Doyle” decide to move stage right. By that point, my bobbing photographic nemesis for the night had taken the high ground.

Opening statements in reverse order appearance on the ballot. Essentially, Adam Stein reviewed his service before the bar, his work on the Mel Watt and Daryl Hunt cases and laid out his career as per the first forum.

I apologize for cutting Judge Fox off during question on political parties influence: essentially he gave a reprise of his answer on parties and politics from the 1st forum.

Some interesting highlights.

  • Anderson on reforming the system for selecting judges – especially the perception of the public about what the effect of money has on jurisprudence.
  • Anderson on keeping current with the law.
  • Stein taking up the transition challenge with his closing statement.
  • Stein on why he’s punctual now – great story of his youth.
  • Fox on managing high profile cases.
  • Baddour on how a short term can hurt our system of justice.
  • Baddour on direct outreach and keeping the “common Joe” in the picture.

Again, I apologize to the candidates for weaving around, botching the focus, not anticipating “dancing Doyle” and, in Mr. Stein’s case, completely zapping a segment. I’m working to get better at this vLog business.

And to my readership, thanks for the feedback. I wasn’t sure if these videos would have any utility.

Oct. 16th Superior Court 15B Forum: Closing

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Closing statement.

youTube link to closing statements.

Oct. 16th Superior Court 15B Forum: Stein’s Short Term

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

This was one of the most interesting questions of the evening. Essentially, what did the candidates think if Mr. Stein was elected to serve only 2+ years of an 8 year term.

Judge Anderson dodged and weaved. Judge Fox left it to the people. Mr. Stein defended the propriety. Judge Baddour, in the most direct and thoughtful response, spoke of how a short-term can harm the system around justice – that beyond the public interest, litigants and court personnel alike will be impacted.

youTube link to video on Mr. Stein’s “built-in” obsolescence – a pre-determined exit less than 1/3 of a way through his term.

Oct. 16th Superior Court 15B Forum: Electing Judges

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

youTube link to video on electing Superior Court judges.

Oct. 16th Superior Court 15B Forum: Judicial Temperament

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

youTube link to video on judicial temperament.

Oct. 16th Superior Court 15B Forum: Staying Current with the Law

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

youTube link to video on staying current with the law, the legal profession and trends thereof….

Oct. 16th Superior Court 15B Forum: High Profile Cases

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

youTube video on handling of high profile cases.

Oct. 16th Superior Court 15B Forum: Punctuality and Work Ethic

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

youTube link to video on punctuality and work ethic.

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