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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Pitchfork Rebellion Instrumental in Stalling Judicial Appointment for Questionable Judge

The following piece appeared in the DC Examiner on January 27, 2009:

UPDATE: Pitchfork rebellion against Judge Finch
POSTED January 27, 2009 2:25 PM
According to Virginian Lawyers Weekly: “The Northern Virginia delegation had asked the House and Senate Courts of Justice committees to withhold certification of [Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Gaylord] Finch for reappointment until it can give further consideration to his performance.”Chairman Del. Dave Albo said Tuesday that no vote on Judge Finch’s reappointment is currently scheduled.In Fairfax County’s clubby legal circles, this is pretty astounding news. Most members of the General Assembly are lawyers who don’t want to jeopardize their livelihoods by voting against a judge they might have to appear before in the future. Unless there’s some sort of egregious misconduct involved – or a public outcry – the vast majority of judges are rubber-stamped back onto the bench year after year.

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