Skip to comments.Romney calls on judge to resign after releasing alleged killer
Posted on 11/25/2007 4:30:30 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
Twenty months after he put a career prosecutor on the Massachusetts Superior Court, confident in her law-and-order credentials, Mitt Romney called today on the judge to resign because she released without bail a convicted killer who went on to allegedly kill again.
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On Monday, after five months in hiding, Tavares was arrested for allegedly shooting to death Brian Mauck, 30, and Beverly Mauck, 28, newlyweds who lived near him in a rural area south of Tacoma, police said.
Romney is now seeking the Republican presidential nomination, touting his record as governor. Some of his female supporters have highlighted the number of women he appointed to the judiciary.
"There was a system-wide failure in this case starting with the judge," Fehrnstrom said in a statement. "Her decision represented an inexplicable lapse in judgment and was inexcusable. Unless there are facts unknown to us, Governor Romney believes Judge Tuttman should resign."
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Romney is not Michael Dukakis.
But he is trying real hard to be.
Shades of Willie Horton!
Except that Dukakis supported the furlough system even after Horton killed again. Romney is trying to get rid of the judge who facilitated this crime.
Ruh Roh....Trouble in Mittsachusetts
...now that it's a political issue, after APPOINTING her in the first place. Of 36 judges Romney appointed as Massachusetts Governor, 23 were DEMOCRATS.
You're counting on this guy to appoint conservative judges as PRESIDENT?
"I only appointed her before I asked her to resign"
It looks ugly, not good for Mitt. However, you are very correct. Unfortunatly the Governor’s Council, the body that approves judicial appointments is 100% Democratic. Romney only managed to get 1/3 of his nominees as Republicans. However, this record is no different than that of the preceeding Republican Governors. I am pretty sure, if Romney were picking nominees with a Republican Governor’s Council, he would be able to vet his nominees further. And as you stated, Romney does not support the furlough system that Michael Dukakis supported. Hopefully this won’t get too much traction because he really doesn’t deserve it.
Mitt could spin this the following way: This judge is an example of the judiciary gone bad. This woman was what I had to choose from for an appointment to a judgeship in Massholechusetts.
By (rightfully) trashing the judiciary, Mitt can point the finger at the judge, where the blame lies.
The real victims of this killer of course, will still remain dead.
Can judges be sued for paroling these vermin?
An official from the Massachusetts Republican Party said yesterday that the affiliations of the nominees have no bearing on their abilities. ... Romney has argued that political views don't matter when it comes to enforcing the law.from post 23 of MASS. KILLED MY GIRL (Victim's Father Rips Mass. 'Stupidity'). See also post 43 in that thread that sheds light on the judge's relative lack of qualification.
Romney by his own statement doesn't understand how a judge's political leaning would color their judgment??? OK, let's say the RATs keep the Senate and suggest a slate of "qualified" liberals for the Federal bench ... Romney says "sure, what's the diff???"
“Agreed! Could G. Bush Sr. predict how Souter would turn out? Could Gerry Ford have predicted Stevens veering to the far left?”
Neither one of those guys are popular with conservatives, but appointing a liberal democrat that gives money to ultra liberal candidates shows that Romney knew what he was doing.
“But a closer look at old Office of Campaign and Political Finance records would have shown contributions in 2002 to Robert Reich, a far-left Harvard prof and Bill Clinton cabinet secretary who almost caught the Deval moonbat lightning in a bottle when he entered that years governors race.
Mitt should have caught it, said one GOP operative.”
No and no. However, Romney went further than either of them did -- two thirds of the judges (23 out of 36) Romney nominated as Governor were actually Democrats. Souter and Stevens at least were registered Republicans... now imagine if BUSH had dominated Ruth Bader Ginsburg!
There’s another aspect, one that’s not typical of most states. The Executive Council, an elective body, has to approve of judicial appointments. And every member of the Executive Council is a Democrat. That gave Romney a weak hand.
1. It's the Governor's Council, not the Executive Council.
In 1990, George H. W. Bush was up against a solidly Democrat Senate. Did he nominate a DEMOCRAT to the Supreme Court? No, he nominated Clarence Thomas. What does it say about a man like Romney who surrenders BEFORE he the fight even begins?
“In six years how many of Clintons bad judicial picks did the then GOP majority senate not confirm?”
Don’t know, don’t care. Romney is in a primary to be president and he has a history of appointing liberal judges, and this appointment has deservedly bit him.
We have to stop this liberal 1 term Governor from stocking the Supreme Court with appointments like this Robert Reich supporting liberal that got those people killed.
Romney hired a liberal judge to do exactly what a liberal judge will do.
Why is he trying to deflect blame when she did exactly what one would expect and he wanted her?
I’m sick and tired of “the buck stops anywhere but here” with him.
I hold Romney responsible as this was foreseeable.
Romney should not be held responsible because he is not a mind reader!
This is not even close to the same thing as Dukakis. He was weak on crime. Mitt has always been a tough law and order guy.
Governor Romney filed a bill enabling Massachusetts prosecutors to seek the death penalty in cases of first-degree murders that were committed as an act of political terrorism, assassination of law enforcement officials, or multiple killings. Massachusetts is one of only 12 states that do not have a capital punishment sentencing option. (Office of Gov. Mitt Romney, Relying on Science, Romney Files Death Penalty Bill " Press Release, 4/28/2005) (Read the Death Penalty Testimony of Governor Mitt Romney given on 7/14/2005)
This judge Tuttman was also a tough prosecutor and received awards from Victim's Advocate groups etc.... Mitt had no reason to believe she would not continue to be tough on crime. She made a human error. That is not Mitt's fault or responsibility --- nor anything he could have foreseen given her stellar record as a tough prosecutor. .
Isn't it true that the justices appointed by Reagan and George H W Bush (O'Connor, Kennedy and Souter) have been responsible for FAR MORE deaths than this Mitt judge??? Is it a valid argument to argue that we should hold Reagan and Bush responsible for all the deaths of fetuses because THEIR judges turned out to be RINOs or LIBERALS and failed to overturn Roe v Wade?? Are Bush and Reagan responsible for those bad decisions too? What say you the crazed Mitt haters.
I imagine (Reagan, Bush #1 and Romney) were all surprised or caught off guard by what their judges ultimately did on the bench to which they nominated them. They had to rely on the person’s record when making the nomination decisions and it looks like Judge Tuttman’s record as a tough prosecutor was a good one. It is the utmost of Monday morning quarterbacking and 20-20 hindsight to say Mitt (or Reagan or Bush) could have foreseen the future.
1) Are you considering this one case, one judge example sufficient to rule out Romney or are you talking about whatever you perceive to be his pattern of judicial appointments?If you're talking a 'one bad judge got through you and you're out' criteria you're talking a short list of remaining candidates. Some Freepers might like to pick from just that list, but I doubt most of them would approve of that as an absolute criteria. If you're making a 'pile on an unliked candidate without further thought' post than I can ignore it with as little thought. Otherwise you should care that you don't know. This is the latest, not the only, bad judge bearing some GOP taint.
2) Although there may have been technical procedural differences in their jurisdictions, two other candidates, Gov. Huckabee and Mayor Guiliani, have 'appointed' judges. If their judges acted the same should they be treated as you treat Romney?
3) Should candidates from the senate bear any responsibility for their judicial confirmation activities, of which voting is one, or could that record affect their worthiness for higher office? Would service on the senate judiciary committee (I don't think either McCain or Thompson served there) affect your answer?
4) US Representatives, such as Hunter, Tancredo and Paul, do not have a constitutional role in judicial selections. Would their lack of a record make them suspect like a would be Justice Souter, or is it safe to evaluate their fitness for future judicial nominations based on other information alone?
Personally I believe senators deserve some responsibility for the confirmation activities with those on the judiciary committee deserving more. They should cut the president some slack regarding his choices, but shouldn't rubber stamp all of them. The proper balance falls between the Lott led (rubber stamp them all) and the Reid led (blacklist them all) extreme senate models. I also believe representatives can be evaluated for their judicial nominating tendencies based on other information and that similar information aids in evaluating those who do have appointment/confirmation records.
I feel like you want us to go steady now, what a long wordy load of irrelevant nonsense.
“Romney is not Michael Dukakis.”
LOL- Clearly not!
To be fair, the democrats have a supermajority in the Massachusetts “general court” (state legislature). But if I were Romney I would appoint Republicans, because clearly the people elected a Republican governor and understood that he appoints judges.
“It is the utmost of Monday morning quarterbacking and 20-20 hindsight to say Mitt (or Reagan or Bush) could have foreseen the future.”
That is just flat out dishonest. To read post 12 and then to pretend it doesn’t exist and to then drag Reagan into the anti Reagan, Mitt Romney’s mess of a record is to tell an untruth.
If this was about a Romney appointee going off the reservation then it would not matter, but this is about Romney appointing liberal judges and then getting the expected liberal actions.
Appointing a liberal registered democrat that gives money to ultra liberal candidates shows that Romney knew what he was doing.
Tuttman gave money to Robert Reich’s campaign.
“But a closer look at old Office of Campaign and Political Finance records would have shown contributions in 2002 to Robert Reich, a far-left Harvard prof and Bill Clinton cabinet secretary who almost caught the Deval moonbat lightning in a bottle when he entered that years governors race.””
Big deal. That’s not evidence that she wouldn’t continue her previous ways as a law and order prosecutor. Her legal career and record gave Romney every indication that she’d be a tough “law and order” judge (her political donation notwithstanding). There is no evidence that indicated that she was a far-left leaning liberal when Mitt nominated her.
He was the governor he picked this judge, Beverly Maucks father, Darrel Slater, 51, told the Herald. He should be answering for what happened.