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Judge Who Berated Hunters, Cut Sentence Loses Seat
kutv.com ^ | Nov 8, 2006 | NA

Posted on 11/14/2006 12:56:21 PM PST by neverdem

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY Voters removed a 3rd District judge who reduced the sentence of a sex offender and also caught the wrath of deer hunters and gun owners for an anti-hunting diatribe from the bench.

In Salt Lake, Tooele and Summit counties, 54 percent of voters Tuesday said Judge Leslie Lewis should not be retained, a rare defeat for a sitting jurist.

Lewis, a judge since 1991, was out of town and unavailable for comment, court spokeswoman Nancy Volmer said Wednesday.

“I just don’t like the way this one was done,” said Greg Skordas, one of 40 lawyers who bought a newspaper ad supporting Lewis. “I felt it was underhanded.”

Judicial elections rarely get headlines, but Lewis found herself in the crosshairs of opponents, who set up a Web site that showed her berating a man in an illegal hunting case. She also sent the man’s brother to a holding cell when he left the courtroom in a huff.

Separately, a week before the election, an attorney said Lewis had reduced the sentence of his client, a sex offender, to 20 years from 30 years and repeatedly discouraged him from telling prosecutors.

Salt Lake County prosecutors filed a complaint with the Judicial Conduct Commission. Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has asked an appeals court to reverse the reduced sentence.

“We helped make some of Utah’s deer hunters and gun owners aware of the fact that she was expressing extreme prejudice against a lawful activity that many of them engage in,” said N.W. Clayton, spokesman for a group called Gun Owners of Utah.

While the case involved poaching, which is illegal, Lewis said she was prejudiced against “people who kill deer” and recused herself.

“Have you ever actually looked at a deer when they’re alive?” Lewis asked Michael Jacobson during the February hearing.

To fill Lewis’ seat, a 3rd District nominating commission will recommend five candidates to Gov. Jon Huntsman. He will pick one and send the nomination to the Senate.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: animalrights; ar; bang; banglist; blackrobedthugs; corruption; crime; deerhunters; election; elections; gunowners; hunting; leslielewis; lewis; scotus; stenchfromthebench
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1 posted on 11/14/2006 12:56:23 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

“I felt it was underhanded.”


An ignominious end for an underhanded judge. That's all.


2 posted on 11/14/2006 12:58:41 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: neverdem
“Have you ever actually looked at a deer when they’re alive?” Lewis asked . . .

Right through the scope. No doubt.

3 posted on 11/14/2006 12:59:06 PM PST by Petronski (BRABANTIO: Thou art a villain. IAGO: You are--a senator. ---Othello I.i.)
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To: neverdem

“I just don’t like the way this one was done,” said Greg Skordas, one of 40 lawyers who bought a newspaper ad supporting Lewis. “I felt it was underhanded.”

Yeah, how dare the people vote!


4 posted on 11/14/2006 12:59:27 PM PST by kenth (There are three kinds of people in the world. Those who can count, and those who can't.)
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To: neverdem

Good news.


5 posted on 11/14/2006 12:59:40 PM PST by bad company ([link:www.truthout.org/docs_2006/083006J.shtml | The Path to 9/11])
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To: neverdem

Ding, dong, the *itch is gone! Another small victory.


6 posted on 11/14/2006 12:59:48 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance
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To: neverdem
"Have you ever actually looked at a deer when they’re alive?”"

Good God. And this asshat somehow managed to be a judge for fifteen years. Shows how broken the whole system has become.

"Yes, your honor, I have seen deer alive, but I make them dead before I eat them."

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

7 posted on 11/14/2006 12:59:58 PM PST by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism. *NRA*)
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To: neverdem

Nah, we souldn't want to hold stupid judges accountable for their faults and stupidity now would we?
Hell the majority of judges should be sent packing.
I live in Florida, just look at the Florida Supreme Court. All should be stoned in a public square not just turned out of office.


8 posted on 11/14/2006 1:00:53 PM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: neverdem
“Have you ever actually looked at a deer when they’re alive?” Lewis asked Michael Jacobson during the February hearing.

Of course -- how else are you going to get a good aim at it? :=)

9 posted on 11/14/2006 1:01:39 PM PST by Bob
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To: neverdem

A lawyer felt it was underhanded.Hmmm. Now the lawyer knows how it feels.LOL


10 posted on 11/14/2006 1:02:21 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: Petronski
“Have you ever actually looked at a deer when they’re alive?” Lewis asked

If she saw one in the road in the headlights of her Lexus, she wouldn't think they were so cute.

11 posted on 11/14/2006 1:03:10 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: neverdem

Good. The original news articles were enough to reveal her as a complete nut job.


12 posted on 11/14/2006 1:03:15 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: neverdem
Lewis also lectured another guy about how wrong it was to baptize kids under the age of 12 (much older, preferably), said something to the effect that it was brainwashing and that she (the judge) was wronged because she was baptised as a child.

This judge had some serious problems with keeping her personal opinions to herself and, brought legitimate concerns regarding the impartiality of her rulings (and overall conduct).

It's nice to see people paid a bit of attention and got rid of her.

13 posted on 11/14/2006 1:04:49 PM PST by batter ("Never let the enemy pick the battle site." - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: neverdem

This is great news. This woman was just awful.


14 posted on 11/14/2006 1:07:26 PM PST by Bahbah (Regev, Goldwasser and Shalit, we are praying for you)
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To: neverdem

Hahahahahaha. I LOVE a happy ending. This nit wit was BOOTED Out of office. Hahahahahahahaha.

15 years DOWN the tube. Hahahahahahaha


15 posted on 11/14/2006 1:08:19 PM PST by MadeInAmerica (- If ILLEGAL means Undocumented - Then Breaking and Entering means Unannounced Visit)
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To: neverdem
“Have you ever actually looked at a deer when they’re alive?” Has this judge ever looked voters in the eye?
16 posted on 11/14/2006 1:08:31 PM PST by vamoose
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To: Joe Boucher
"I live in Florida, just look at the Florida Supreme Court. All should be stoned in a public square not just turned out of office."

Who, but the hopelessly ignorant, wouldn't agree with that. I voted against every one of them, but noticed that they were all retained in office by huge margins.

I expect that most voters don't know a single thing about their competence or judicial temperament, but don't want to play any part in taking away another person's livelihood.
17 posted on 11/14/2006 1:10:50 PM PST by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: neverdem

Good job Utah!


18 posted on 11/14/2006 1:11:03 PM PST by stevio (Red-Blooded Crunchy Con American Male (NRA))
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To: neverdem

Utah citizens did what we all need to do with these nutty activist judges. Get rid of them ASAP...


19 posted on 11/14/2006 1:11:35 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: neverdem
Has she ever looked at a Bean Sprout when it was a alive? Very beautiful!
20 posted on 11/14/2006 1:13:47 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Joe Boucher
I live in Florida, just look at the Florida Supreme Court. All should be stoned in a public square not just turned out of office

And the idiots here retained every damn one of them!

21 posted on 11/14/2006 1:13:59 PM PST by Hazcat (Live to party, work to afford it.)
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To: AppyPappy
My family were original settlers in Summit and Toole counties, I am not surprised.
22 posted on 11/14/2006 1:15:37 PM PST by Little Bill (A 37%'r, a Red Spot on a Blue State, rats are evil.)
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To: Little Bill; glock rocks

ping


23 posted on 11/14/2006 1:17:29 PM PST by Little Bill (A 37%'r, a Red Spot on a Blue State, rats are evil.)
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To: neverdem
...54 percent of voters Tuesday said Judge Leslie Lewis should not be retained, a rare defeat for a sitting jurist.

Good Riddance, you tyrannical b!#ch!
24 posted on 11/14/2006 1:19:46 PM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: neverdem
"Have you ever actually looked at a deer when they’re alive?”"

I bet he judge isn't a vegetarian.

I bet he's a hypocrite!

25 posted on 11/14/2006 1:20:12 PM PST by airborne (No human embryos were harmed in the development of this treatment!")
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To: Little Bill

I was kind of hoping the voting machine would make a little flushing sound when I pushed the 'no' box on Looney Lewis. It was nonetheless an enjoyable experience.


26 posted on 11/14/2006 1:27:05 PM PST by glock rocks (Do not confuse dissent with disloyalty - Edward R. Murrow)
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To: vetsvette
Who, but the hopelessly ignorant, wouldn't agree with that. I voted against every one of them, but noticed that they were all retained in office by huge margins.

Oh yeah, I did my research on the FL SCJ's, talked to friends and family and NO ONE I talked to said they WOULD vote to keep them in office. Yet, they were re-elected by a wide margin. It makes No sense to me.

27 posted on 11/14/2006 1:29:47 PM PST by subterfuge (Tolerance has become the greatest virtue, and hypocrisy the worst character defect.)
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To: soccer8

"Lewis also lectured another guy about how wrong it was to baptize kids under the age of 12 (much older, preferably), said something to the effect that it was brainwashing and that she (the judge) was wronged because she was baptised as a child."

I was baptized at 11 or 12, and I knew that right then and there it was the time. This woman has some very serious issues, and it's good to see her go. How does a woman like this gain ANY power in a place like Utah?

She sounds like she'd be more comfortable in the Bay Area.


28 posted on 11/14/2006 1:30:18 PM PST by CheyennePress
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To: BallyBill

"Has she ever looked at a Bean Sprout when it was a alive? Very beautiful!"

My guess is that she would have no idea what a bean plant is from a sqash plant.

I've actually met some city dwellers who complained because our strawberries were too low to the ground and wanted some on larger plants.... *rolls eyes*


29 posted on 11/14/2006 1:32:25 PM PST by CheyennePress
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To: subterfuge

"It makes No sense to me."

I think that Diebold caused it.


30 posted on 11/14/2006 1:33:29 PM PST by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: neverdem

“Have you ever actually looked at a deer when they’re alive?” Lewis asked . . .

NO I hunt bindfolded. How can a judge be so freaking dumb..is she blonde (just kidding)


31 posted on 11/14/2006 1:39:29 PM PST by IC Ken
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To: glock rocks

You live in the Third District? Damn, if you go to the Summit County Historical Society Web Site, I am a blood relative to 95% of those mentioned there, kind of goes down in Uninta and Duechesne Counties, we tried.


32 posted on 11/14/2006 1:43:29 PM PST by Little Bill (A 37%'r, a Red Spot on a Blue State, rats are evil.)
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To: glock rocks

You live in the Third District? Damn, if you go to the Summit County Historical Society Web Site, I am a blood relative to 95% of those mentioned there, kind of goes down in Uninta and Duechesne Counties, we tried.


33 posted on 11/14/2006 1:43:37 PM PST by Little Bill (A 37%'r, a Red Spot on a Blue State, rats are evil.)
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To: neverdem
In this state we elect some judges but it's "unethical" to campaign. So they put up lawn signs and that's about it.

It's nuts. I never vote for a judge. I have nothing to base my judgement on.

34 posted on 11/14/2006 1:45:16 PM PST by DManA
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To: neverdem

35 posted on 11/14/2006 1:45:49 PM PST by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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To: neverdem

Fantastic job, SLC.


36 posted on 11/14/2006 1:47:22 PM PST by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: Joe Brower

Sounds like the judge would rather have the deer die of old age, get sick, possibly diseased and suffer a long and painful demise in the wild.

What do they think? Animals live forever?


37 posted on 11/14/2006 1:48:40 PM PST by AmishDude (Libertarians didn't lose it for us. They're losers who work against what they claim to want.)
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To: Brilliant
"An ignominious end for an underhanded judge. "
"Lewis said she was prejudiced against “people who kill deer” and recused herself."
well, if she recused herself, then at least that part was not underhanded, but open. The sentence reduction thing, though, is underhanded.
38 posted on 11/14/2006 1:49:07 PM PST by GSlob
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To: Hazcat
I don't understand what would motivate someone to vote for a judge. I vote against them all. Maybe I'd be more judicious if there were a chance of ousting a good judge.
39 posted on 11/14/2006 1:50:34 PM PST by AmishDude (Libertarians didn't lose it for us. They're losers who work against what they claim to want.)
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To: neverdem
“Have you ever actually looked at a deer when they’re alive?”

Why sure. But they're really at their best suspended over a steaming gut pile. By the time they're in freezer-size chunks it's a little hard to get to the aesthetic of the whole thing. IMHO.

40 posted on 11/14/2006 1:55:19 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: neverdem
“Have you ever actually looked at a deer when they’re alive?”

Little did we know Bambi has more everlasting effect than F/911...

41 posted on 11/14/2006 2:04:54 PM PST by paudio (Universal Human Rights and Multiculturalism: Liberals want to have cake and eat it too!)
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To: neverdem
“Have you ever actually looked at a deer when they’re alive?”

I always wonder about idiots who say things like this. If the planet was devastated by a plague and it was me or the deer for food, do you think this judge would choose to shoot me?

42 posted on 11/14/2006 2:12:40 PM PST by GVnana (Former Alias: GVgirl)
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To: Billthedrill

LOL! I like my venison with a nice Zinfandel.


43 posted on 11/14/2006 2:14:19 PM PST by GVnana (Former Alias: GVgirl)
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To: Bob

It's not sporting to shoot them when they are already dead. Easier to track, but not sporting.


44 posted on 11/14/2006 2:16:11 PM PST by NCLaw441
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To: neverdem
“Have you ever actually looked at a deer when they’re alive?”

No, I hunt with my eyes closed.

45 posted on 11/14/2006 2:16:21 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Those who call their fellow citizens Sheeple are just ticked they were not chosen as Shepherds)
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To: Petronski; neverdem

<< "Have you ever actually looked at a deer when they’re alive?" Lewis asked . . . >>

When did "a deer" become plural -- or "they are" become singular?

(I'd have voted to recall her for her inability to communicate in English!)


46 posted on 11/14/2006 2:20:04 PM PST by Brian Allen ("Moral issues are always terribly complex, for someone without principles." - G K Chesterton)
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To: vetsvette

"Who, but the hopelessly ignorant, wouldn't agree with that."
How about those who don't want to act like a liberal. Murder is murder.


47 posted on 11/14/2006 2:29:50 PM PST by em2vn
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To: Brian Allen

The plural of deer is deer.


48 posted on 11/14/2006 2:32:02 PM PST by em2vn
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To: vetsvette

I agree with your statement that most here in Florida are hopelessly ignorant.
I also voted against retention of them all. And I did and do want to stone them all in a public square.


49 posted on 11/14/2006 2:32:16 PM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: Hazcat

Honest, lots of idiots here. They've come from all over the country. Hardly any are from here but there sure are a lot of stupids that have moved in here.


50 posted on 11/14/2006 2:33:48 PM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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