Friday, December 05, 2003
Could Court Cuts Curtail Nomination?

We hear things. And while we generally refrain from printing without a corroborating, published cite, once in a while we have to trust our sources.

Today is one of those days.

Earlier this week, Willard Mitt broke his judicial logjam and nominated two bench appointments, one of which is slated to sit on the Land Court.

In 2002, the number of Land Court judicial positions were increased from four to six. As such, with Romney’s latest nomination, the number of Land Court judges have increased by 50 percent.

However, during this same period, the Land Court support staff has been decreased by approximately 20 percent. Seven staffers were laid off this year due to budget cuts. At present, Land Court staffers are said to be barely able to keep up with docketing litigation papers as they are filed.

Perhaps the most over-whelmed staffers at the Land Court are the two sessions clerks. One has been handling trial and hearing scheduling for three judges, the other for two judges. Now, if the Governor’s Council accepts Romney’s nomination, another judge will be added to the mix.

What does all this mean? By adding another judge to the Land Court, yet refusing to address staffing concerns, the Fraud Governor is actually working to make the Land Court less efficient.

Simple solution: the Governor's Council could short-circuit the Land Court nomination. Maybe Eric "Human Triage" Kriss will help make the case for fiscal prudence in this, the worst economic period since the Great Depression (cough).

Of course, if the nomination goes through, Willard Mitt now has an excuse to create several staff positions that Team Reform could fill. Maybe they'll use another "blind" process that is “free of political considerations.”

Would someone please tell Leon Lombardi that his (fraud) governor needs a new list of names?


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