Skip to comments.Judge Who Berated Hunters, Cut Sentence Loses Seat
Posted on 11/14/2006 12:56:21 PM PST by neverdem
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 dont 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 mans 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 Utahs 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 theyre 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.
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.
Then you can FOAD Greggy boy.
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.
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.
BUT the original quote is:
<< "Have you ever actually looked at a deer when theyre 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!)
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.
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.
LOL! Something to dance for a change!
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.
If there's anyone who knows about underhanded its a lawyer.
He's just mad that he was out done.
No, no. You were correct in your observation and not the least bit overwrought.
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.
A. "Your Honor"
See comment# 58.
Awesome news. This megalomaniac was a disgrace.
I saw the video, and wanted to smack her.
I couldn't be more pleased.
In my state the League of Women Voters puts out a pretty good guide.
Thanks for the info!
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
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
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
I think voters should have the ability to get scumbag judges off the bench everywhere.
Have you ever actually looked at a deer when theyre alive?
Have you ever actually checked your grammar?
Nope all retained with plenty to spare.
How soon we forget.
"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!
Hahaha City folks can be amazing.
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" ...
A lot of people denigrate one-issue voters. Gun owners prove the power of that strategy.
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.
EXTRA ! ! Bambi blasters blast Bambi lover off the bench! ! !
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.
"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."
If anyone finds a mailing address for the ex judge, I'd like to send her some deer jerky for Christmas.