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

LOL!!!

51 posted on 11/14/2006 2:33:56 PM PST by Ladysmith ((NRA, SAS) Gun owners have illustrated rights are individual and can be protected by individuals.)
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To: neverdem

IMO, it is at the least unseemly for lawyers to place an ad regrading a judge before whom they will practice law. Darned close to a bribe, but even if it isn't a bribe, it seems unethical.


52 posted on 11/14/2006 2:36:08 PM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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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.”

Then you can FOAD Greggy boy.

53 posted on 11/14/2006 2:36:16 PM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: neverdem
“Have you ever actually looked at a deer when they’re alive?” Lewis asked

Well Your Honor, one of my rules of thumb is that when I'm in a court room and a judge starts asking me rhetorical questions, I never say the first thing that pops into my head.

54 posted on 11/14/2006 2:40:54 PM PST by MarineBrat (God Bless Tonk!)
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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.”

It was completely above board. The voters were educated about a loony tunes judge and had the opportunity to express their desire to remove her from the bench. The lawyers are disappointed in losing a nutball who could reliably deliver stupid judgments that fit their desires and scummy clients.

A few more rounds of airing the dirty judicial laundry are in order to help the citizens clear the bench of nutballs in black robes. It doesn't happen often enough. Most judges quietly return to the bench without any public notice of bad decisions.

55 posted on 11/14/2006 2:45:35 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: em2vn
<

BUT the original quote is:

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

.... Whose author's tortured use of the language demands we either accept "they are" as being singular or "a deer" as being plural.

Hence my somewhat despairing - if overwrought - question. <

(As if the tyranny of PC was not bad enough on its own merit, it has to also be permitted to render our beautiful English Language as virtually meaningless as is every other!)

56 posted on 11/14/2006 2:51:40 PM PST by Brian Allen ("Moral issues are always terribly complex, for someone without principles." - G K Chesterton)
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To: Joe Boucher
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.

I went to a Thai restaurant for lunch in West Palm Beach. The whining customers sounded like transplants from New York. Fortunately, I was only in town for a business trip.

57 posted on 11/14/2006 2:51:56 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: DManA
It's nuts. I never vote for a judge. I have nothing to base my judgement on.

That's a vote that's wasted. I never vote for a judge whose name is the only one that's offered. Never dem is the alternative that I always use.

58 posted on 11/14/2006 2:54:41 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: BenLurkin

LOL! Something to dance for a change!


59 posted on 11/14/2006 2:57:48 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: vetsvette
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.

Part of that is true.

Here in Indy we had retention of judges on the ballot. And while I'm sure there was some sort of write-up in the Star about them, I missed it with all the other election drivel they ran. So, even though I didn't know a thing about them; based upon the judicial activism we've seen (nationally) in the past; I voted NOT to retain them.

They were probably retained. Our ballots, optical scanner SAT type, had a straight party ticket option, and then you could vote for an opposing party for specific offices if desired, but it was two sided. Judges were a separate thing altogether on the back. I suppose that a lot of folks, especially the elderly, only chose to vote a straight party ticket, and didn't bother to look on the back (I think all ballots options should all be on the same side of the paper). So I would guess that a no vote would be a vote to retain. Quite sneaky if you ask me. The option should be a binary yea, or nay.

60 posted on 11/14/2006 3:09:46 PM PST by AFreeBird (If American "cowboy diplomacy" did not exist, it would be necessary to invent it.)
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To: imahawk
A lawyer felt it was underhanded.Hmmm. Now the lawyer knows how it feels.LOL

If there's anyone who knows about underhanded its a lawyer.

He's just mad that he was out done.

61 posted on 11/14/2006 3:48:11 PM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: Brian Allen

No, no. You were correct in your observation and not the least bit overwrought.


63 posted on 11/14/2006 3:53:45 PM PST by em2vn
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To: neverdem

Before I met my husband, I never knew who to vote for in elections when it came to judges. Now I can ask him and he finds out for me because he is an attorney. But how are other people supposed to know who is a good judge and who is a bad judge? More information needs to be put out there with regard to this prior to elections.

At the same time, maybe there is information out there and I'm just not seeing it.


64 posted on 11/14/2006 3:58:59 PM PST by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: neverdem
Q. What do you call a Lawyer with an IQ of 50?

A. "Your Honor"

65 posted on 11/14/2006 4:04:06 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: diamond6

See comment# 58.


66 posted on 11/14/2006 4:12:04 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem

Awesome news. This megalomaniac was a disgrace.

I saw the video, and wanted to smack her.


67 posted on 11/14/2006 5:05:30 PM PST by MonroeDNA (Libertarians are more conservative than pubbies. Strictest interpretation of the constitution,)
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To: neverdem
Praise God, finally, a monster in the system gets the swiftboot.

I couldn't be more pleased.

68 posted on 11/14/2006 6:21:19 PM PST by pray4liberty (School District horrors: http://totallyunjust.tripod.com)
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To: diamond6
At the same time, maybe there is information out there and I'm just not seeing it.

In my state the League of Women Voters puts out a pretty good guide.

69 posted on 11/14/2006 6:24:20 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: Harmless Teddy Bear

Thanks for the info!


70 posted on 11/14/2006 6:31:41 PM PST by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Petronski
Yes, they're beautiful creatures when they're alive. They're also beautiful grilled with some garlic rub, and on my plate sitting next to a baked potato and a big green salad. They also make great breakfast sausage.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

71 posted on 11/14/2006 6:42:30 PM PST by wku man (BLOAT!!!!!!!)
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To: em2vn

Thanks.

Deer.


72 posted on 11/14/2006 7:50:57 PM PST by Brian Allen ("Moral issues are always terribly complex, for someone without principles." - G K Chesterton)
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To: CheyennePress
My initial instinct was to say Gov. Leavitt appointed her. Leavitt was a RINO - a fair amount (not all) of his judicial appointments stink.

I was wrong. Apparently Gov. Bangerter did so. I think most of his appointments were good, oh well she's not there anymore. Here's her bio with the reference to Bangerter:
JUDGE LESLIE A. LEWIS

73 posted on 11/14/2006 8:31:15 PM PST by batter ("Never let the enemy pick the battle site." - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: Joe Boucher
"...I live in Florida, just look at the Florida Supreme Court..."

Hey Joe ... there were only three of those SC nutbars from 2000 left, and they were voted-on this past election.

Were they kicked off? I can't believe I didn't check. We got rid of 3 in 2002, and 3 more in 2004. Tell me - tell me.............FRegards

74 posted on 11/14/2006 8:58:54 PM PST by gonzo (I'm not confused anymore. Now I'm sure we have to completely destroy Islam, and FAST!!)
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To: neverdem

EXCELLENT!!
I think voters should have the ability to get scumbag judges off the bench everywhere.


75 posted on 11/14/2006 9:03:04 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: mountn man

LOL


76 posted on 11/14/2006 11:00:15 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: neverdem

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

Have you ever actually checked your grammar?


77 posted on 11/14/2006 11:27:11 PM PST by TXBlair (Conversate is not a word.)
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To: neverdem
I am really anti abortion but if the fetus is going to be a lawyer, I may have to rethink the situation. Lawyers become judges and politicians , nuff said.
78 posted on 11/14/2006 11:49:23 PM PST by fish hawk
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To: gonzo

Nope all retained with plenty to spare.
How soon we forget.


79 posted on 11/15/2006 2:59:23 AM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: neverdem

"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."

A decent lawyer that is the exception that proves the rule!


80 posted on 11/15/2006 7:47:53 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Millions of Democrat babies aborted in 1988 or earlier did not vote this year.)
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To: CheyennePress

Hahaha City folks can be amazing.


81 posted on 11/15/2006 9:18:49 AM PST by B4Ranch (Illegal immigration Control and US Border Security - The jobs George W. Bush refuses to do.)
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To: girlangler; soccer8; 2nd amendment mama; Ladysmith

Fellow judges suggested that Lewis take the week off from scheduled hearings.

She was on vacation in Italy during the Nov. 7 elections, when 54 percent of the voters in Salt Lake, Tooele and Summit counties said she should not be retained -- a rare defeat for a sitting jurist.

Lewis said she was prejudiced against "people who kill deer" ...


82 posted on 11/18/2006 10:35:39 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: neverdem

A lot of people denigrate one-issue voters. Gun owners prove the power of that strategy.


83 posted on 11/19/2006 4:06:00 PM PST by 9999lakes
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To: Joe Boucher

The Florida Supreme Court! I decide in 2000 that if i ever visited Florida again, I would probably be arrested --- for throwing one tomato at the Florida Supreme Court Building.


84 posted on 11/19/2006 4:09:00 PM PST by 9999lakes
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To: neverdem

EXTRA ! ! Bambi blasters blast Bambi lover off the bench! ! !

;-)


85 posted on 11/19/2006 4:16:13 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon Liberty, it is essential to examine principles, - -)
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To: Joe Boucher

Stoning is all too Islamic for my taste. I humbly suggest organ banking, followed by an open bid by Alpo and competitors for the remainder.

After all, we should recycle. Libroids say so.

;-)


86 posted on 11/19/2006 4:27:29 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon Liberty, it is essential to examine principles, - -)
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To: subterfuge

"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."

Read VoteScam.


87 posted on 11/19/2006 4:28:42 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon Liberty, it is essential to examine principles, - -)
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To: MonroeDNA

If anyone finds a mailing address for the ex judge, I'd like to send her some deer jerky for Christmas.


88 posted on 11/19/2006 4:33:05 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: neverdem
Here's the bi-otch...
89 posted on 11/20/2006 1:07:23 PM PST by redstates4ever
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