For John, BLUF: Judges are protected from criticism. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From time to time, Professor George Anthes, Esq, rails against judges in the Massachusetts judicial system. He is not wrong in many of his comments, for example where he talks about judges releasing DWI/OUI convictees with just time served or no time at all. However, he might wish to pay attention to this case in Indiana, where a man went to jail for two years for on-line rants against a judge:
A group of free-speech advocates is rallying behind an Indiana inmate serving two years for his online rants against a judge who took away his child-custody rights during a divorce case.They have UCLA Law Professor Eugene Volokh in the mix of free-speech advocates.
This case has been to the Appeals Court in Indiana, which reasoned that some of the defendents accusations were false and for others:
... their truthfulness were not necessarily relevant to prosecution because the harm, which in this case was striking fear in the victim, occurred “whether the publicized conduct is true or false,” according to Reason Magazine.Yes, it is Fox News, but does that change anything?
Final thought. I am against electing judges, but I am in favor of having their tenure reviewed by the voters from time to time. Send them to the ballot every eight years.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff