Thursday, October 23, 2008

More election research

Ashtabula County

Election research is a service of the Judicial Candidates Rating Coalition (JCRC), an umbrella organization that includes Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, The Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, The Norman S. Minor Bar Association, and The Ohio Women's Bar Association.

Members of the organizations that make up JCRC are a diverse group of men and women, including lawyers and non-lawyers. Some practice solo or in a small group; others work for large firms, local companies or government. Some of us represent only individuals. Others usually work with businesses. We and our clients have many different perspectives and views, but there is one thing on which we agree - we want highly qualified, fair and respectful judges on our courts.

To bring you ratings of the candidates for judicial office, about 50 to 60 of us set aside several days each year to review the candidates’ qualifications, interview the candidates, and share experiences representing clients before judges who are running for the same or a new position. Each organization separately chooses a rating that expresses, in one word, its evaluation of each candidate’s professional competence, integrity, work ethic and temperament.

On the November 2008 ballot, Cuyahoga County voters will vote for judges for five different courts: the Court of Common Pleas General Division, the Domestic Relations Court, the Probate Court, the Court of Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court. Before you vote, review our ratings and the information about each candidate available by link to his or her name on the candidate grid.

The election of judges and the decisions they make can have profound consequences for us, our families, our businesses and our community. Learn more here, and choose well.

We rate the judicial you can judge for yourself.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

An appeals court has ruled that Bainbridge Township police should not have entered Phyllis Andrews' home without a warrant, even though they saw underage drinking, because no emergency existed.

"sexting" as child pornography?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Too much?

A Judge in New Zealand "made the 9-year-old girl a ward of the court so that her name could be changed, he said in a ruling made public Thursday."

"New Zealand law does not allow names that would cause offense to a reasonable person, among other conditions, said Brian Clarke, the registrar general of Births, Deaths and Marriages."

Interesting story

I worked in Juvenile Court for a couple of years and saw some doozies myself (some that were patently offensive). The remedy here seems a bit harsh, however.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Texas v. FLDS

Texas Child Protective Services took a lot of criticism for the wholesale removal of more than 400 children from the FLDS Yearning For Zion Ranch near Eldorado, Texas. And I will admit that I had my own concerns about the way they handled the situation. But this gives me pause.

There was no evidence, at the time, of abuse or neglect. But given the tight-knit nature of this organization, could it be that the evidence doesn't exist BECAUSE of the abuse? Perhaps children are brainwashed into thinking they are receiving acceptable treatment? Perhaps they are taught to lie to cover up for the adults in their lives (which, at the risk of over-generalizing, is pretty typical of abused and neglected children).

Monday, July 07, 2008

Hey there!

Let me tell you a story...

A long long long time ago, two mommies decided to start a blog...this blog.

Then life happened and they were distracted by happy and sad life events.

Then blogger changed and they couldn't access their blog.

The mommiesesq2 had some free time at work one day and she wandered through the maze of passwords and secret questions to reactivate email accounts and reclaim this blog!


I think a template change may be in order for this new era. We shall see...

So...How ya been?