Ms. Jackson, is the right person for this position. She has paid her dues, and deserves to be elevated to the position. I am sure she will advance the position, and gain the respect of the Law Enforcement groups.
Let me be the first to vouch for Judge Thomas. I have known him for several years prior to him being elected judge, and he has NEVER been hateful, inconsiderate or one sided in any conversation we've had. Every time I've talked to him he's always been very informative and helpful, and he's never made me feel like a 'stupid azz'. Perhaps you have sour grapes from a court case that didn't go your way, or perhaps you just don't want to be told "no". Either way, things are always going to go "your way", especially in a court of law. And if you're gonna bash someone, give us all the courtesy of knowing who the bashing is coming from, rather than 'anonymous'.
To whom it may concern, I don't hide from anyone and no it isn't sour grapes or a court case that didn't go my way, I've never had one. I've sat and watched him in action plenty of times. He always goes for what ever the officers say and if you are unfortunate enough to not have an attorney present then NO he doesn't listen to any thing the accused has to say. I've always believed in "Keep you're friends close and you're enemies closer, if you can tell the difference" So you're a great friend, what problem did he solve for you?
Unfortunately, I have to agree with Fay Maynard.
Although I have never seen the magistrates in action in Lamar,
I have seen the magistrates in action in Pike and in
Griffin. These lady judges listened only to one side, giving the
defense no plead. In my opinion...
In one case in Pike a relative of mine was told (by the magistrate office prior to the court date) to bring sworn affidavits to support his case. He did.
However, when he tried to present them in court,
the judge said they were not admissible without even looking at them. My relatives' lawyer told him that was absurd and the magistrates in Griffin and Pike were not even lawyers and made plenty of mistakes. And if you appeal, it will cost you $.
This is 2009, Shouldn't a law degree be a requirement for a magistrate? Just a thought.
Fay Maynard (Roberta, GA.)
04/11/09 at 08:04 AM
Opie, I too saw the Magistrate Judge refuse to let a sworn statement be heard because the other party could not cross examine a piece of paper, then why say it can be heard if then they want let it. His secretary took the statement (typed it out and notarized it) but the judge wouldn't let it be read. Doesn't sound right to me.
The judge may be an alright person to his friends but NOT to others when they are across the table from him and the deputies.
Been there to see this happen many times (it's open to the public) and still say he is a rude one sided, hateful, arrogant person.