January 30, 2008

Frivolous Justice

First, let's just point out that every member of the Texas Supreme Court is a Republican. Second, lets remember that 'tort reform' was going to free up the courts and speed up decisions on cases. So, why is it taking so long (in some cases, YEARS) to get decisions out of the Court? Well, they're busy doing things... other than their jobs.

At a time when the Texas Supreme Court's backlog has reached record levels, Justice Paul Green spent a recent workday driving to Corpus Christi to speak to a group of appeals lawyers.

"It's 40 (degrees) and raining," Green said Friday from his cell phone. "Yes, I've got stuff to do at the office, but some of us like to do this."

Green, who wrote the fewest opinions — four — of the nine justices on the high court during the 2007 fiscal year, said it's important to get out of the office and talk about the court's work.

"If all of a sudden I said, I'll just stay in my chambers and work on opinions, I don't think people would like that," said Green, adding that he has a "bunch of cases" that are ready to be issued.

Uhm... I bet the people waiting on decisions WOULD LIKE IT VERY MUCH. You might remember, Green is one of the Justices facing ethics issues. Why not deal with the backlog, Paul. Then fix your ethics reports and pay your fines if there are any assessed. THEN you can go on your little speaking engagements.

Posted by mcblogger at January 30, 2008 09:30 AM

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