Andy Gildea, husband of Lorie Gildea, Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, makes inflammatory comments about Republicans supporting judicial reform at the Republican State Convention in June.
I get that we have different views of those closest to us, but I would think that publicly stated views of a judge’s politically active spouse has to have some connection to the fundamental thinking of that judge. To say that he is in “vociferous opposition” to the motion to reform the judiciary didn’t just come out of thin air!
Gildea quotes Judge Roy Bean, “Never reward crooks, liars, and drunks” and adds, “these changes are being advocated by the worst republicans you can imagine.”
Andy may want to reconsider who he quotes.
Internet research indicates that Judge Roy Bean was really a big phony in Texas history and was only a legend in his own mind. He wasn’t even a judge, but a justice of the peace for Pecos County who presided over small legal offenses, acted as coroner and conducted marriages. Most offenders were simply fined and sent on their way. Judge Bean usually pocketed the fine instead of turning it over to the county.
Bean gained his scant legal experience on the other side of the law and by the time he was 50 years old was known as a murderer, duelist, rustler, gambler, thief, wife beater, smuggler and all around no-good drunk. Some people say it takes a crook to catch one, but Bean hardly caught anyone. Bean was mainly known for giving goofy legal opinions on subjects that he knew nothing about.
The moral of the story: When the Judiciary is resistant to transparency and accountability you have to wonder. . . “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear”. . .or do you????