Since the primary elections wrapped up at the end of May, I've been getting complaints about the blog being boring. I kind of anticipated that happening, and quite frankly, was looking forward to a little peace and quiet for a bit. It freed me up to spend more time gravely injuring myself fighting insects.
As I've mentioned before, however, when it rains, it pours when it comes to subject matter for this blog. Rarely has that been better exhibited than this week at the CJC.
Yesterday morning, around 9:15, word quickly circulated through the courthouse that 177th District Court Judge Kevin Fine was resigning his bench effective immediately. As noted in Brian Rogers' article, Judge Fine had a controversial tour of duty on the bench, and had chosen not to run for re-election. The timing of his departure was a surprise.
I plan on writing a little more about Judge Fine in the future (when it stops raining topics), but for now, I'll just say this -- good for him for going out on his own terms. Whether you loved him or hated him, he did it his way, and I'm glad that he ultimately got to walk out the way he wanted to.
As shocking as Judge Fine's departure was, it is eclipsed by today's news that Democratic Party officials had successfully knocked Leapin' Lloyd Oliver off the ballot in November. I blogged yesterday that a lawsuit was afoot to get the thrice-indicted candidate removed from consideration, but I wasn't expecting the suit to be successful. Today's news was a big shock.
The legal blogs are abuzz over this news, and as my friend Thomas Hobbes posted on yesterday's writing, this issue is far from over. Mark Bennett is already rallying to the defense of -- not Lloyd, really -- but the principle that a lawsuit shouldn't be able to trump the will of the electorate.
Look for the issue with Lloyd being on the ballot to heat up in the days to come.
Obviously, I fully support Judge Mike Anderson for District Attorney, but there is something that feels rather undemocratic when Party leaders can make the decision to take Fredo fishing.