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PostPosted: 27 Oct 2006, 08:27 
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While recusing herself from a case because she has a problem with deer hunting and deer hunters, a Utah Judge goes nuts when someone leaves the courtroom and then attempts to answer her question...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgtWZXK9gm8

http://www.firejudgelewis.com/

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Hunters Target Judge
Her views on sport trigger ouster effort via Internet
By Geoffrey Fattah
Deseret Morning News

Utah deer hunters have a new target in their sights: 3rd District Judge Leslie Lewis.

Leslie Lewis Members of the hunting community have started a grass-roots campaign to oust Lewis after she ordered that a defendant's brother be arrested for expressing displeasure with her views on hunting during a hearing last February.

Opponents have launched a Web site, www.firejudgelewis.com, that contains a link to the in-court video of the February episode, which has been posted on the Web site YouTube. The posting is one of the first instances of Internet campaigning being used in a judicial election in Utah.

"She thinks she's God in her courtroom," said hunting advocate Tony Abbott, who hosts The Big Outdoors, a local radio show on KFAN AM1320. Abbott said he has no ties to the court case but is just expressing his personal views. He said Lewis' lecture has angered some people who believe she should be voted off the bench during next month's judicial-retention election.

Lewis is among 24 district-court judges up for retention election this time around. She has caused controversy in the past for her occasional verbal outbursts. She is also the only district-court judge up for retention who received a sub-standard score in two areas of a recent survey by attorneys who appear in her court.

According to the survey of 123 attorneys, 60 percent found Lewis' behavior "free from bias and favoritism." Only 54 percent of the attorneys approved of how she "perceives legal and factual issues." Under standards set by the Utah Judicial Council, judges should pass with 70 percent approval or greater. Lewis has countered that under state law, she passed the review by receiving at least 70 percent approval on 75 percent of the 15 questions in the questionnaire.

The hunting-community controversy stems from a February hearing on a third-degree felony count of wanton destruction of protected wildlife filed against Michael Jacobson. In the hearing, Lewis was recusing herself from the case because of her personal bias against deer hunting.

While expressing her views, Lewis confronted Jacobson with questions of how he feels while shooting a deer. Jacobson's brother, Kent Jacobson, stood up to leave the courtroom. Lewis ordered a bailiff to bring him back into the courtroom.

"Now, why did you feel the need to make such an explosive and clear indication of your displeasure or boredom at being here?" Lewis asked.

Kent Jacobson responded: "OK, it's not just the displeasure of being bored here. The problem is, is we have just as much rights of going out and shooting deer as you have the right ..." He was then cut off by Lewis.
"What are you talking about?" she injected, and then ordered that he be arrested and sent to a holding cell.

Court records show Lewis recused herself and sent the case to Judge Dino Himonas, who ordered Michael Jacobson to pay $2,500 in restitution and to give up his hunting rights for two years.

In a statement released Wednesday, Lewis said she was constrained by the Code of Judicial Ethics from debating or commenting on the matter.

"It's my obligation as a judge handling a criminal calendar to maintain control over my courtroom," Lewis stated. She also points out that she has been certified by the Judicial Council as fit to stand for re-election.

Abbott said he planned to dedicate his call-in show Wednesday evening to discussing Lewis' actions. He declined to identify the people behind the creation of the anti-Lewis Web site.

If voted out, Lewis would become only the second district-court judge to be removed from the bench by voters. In 2002, Judge David Young was ousted by a 53 percent vote after a public campaign was waged to unseat him over accusations of leniency and bias involving sex offenders and DUI offenders.

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PostPosted: 27 Oct 2006, 10:44 
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:roll: Stupid judge. :evil:

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for some reason i wouldnt be surprised to hear that she has been voted off the bench,alot of hunters out that way and lord knows nobody needs a judge like that


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PostPosted: 30 Oct 2006, 16:38 
Remember, there are just as many Anti's as there are hunters (10% and 10%). It's the 80 percent that will be making this decision. Her views will not be what is on trial. What will be on trial and whether or not she remains on the bench will dependant on her conduct as a judicial servent. Her personal views are not supposed to enter into judgement. Judges are to be impartial and rule on the law, not morality. Her judgement of the man leaving the courtroom was excessive, and it will be determined if he was really in contempt of court, or just in contempt of her. But, let's remember... the guy on trial broke the law and made a bad name for hunters. The man's defense who was in contempt of court 'we have just as much a right to shoot a deer as you...' wasn't in the right atmosphere to be received. Played poorly on all accounts by all parties. Do I think she should remain a judge? No. Do I think that because of her views? In part. Do I think the man on trial is guilty? Yes. And do I think the man who stormed out of the courtroom should have been held in contempt? Yes. But to a lesser degree.


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PostPosted: 09 Nov 2006, 10:51 
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She was voted off the bench! :D

http://www.sltrib.com/utahpolitics/ci_4621589

Third District Judge Leslie Lewis ousted

By Lisa Rosetta
The Salt Lake Tribune
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Third District Judge Leslie Lewis and Grand County Justice Court Judge Paul C. Cox were voted off the bench Tuesday, becoming the third and fourth judges ousted since Utah adopted a retention election system in 1985.

Lewis came under fire by Gun Owners of Utah, as well as an anonymous group that posted a Web site, after she berated the brother of a man accused of poaching a deer. She also is being investigated for allegedly changing a sex offender's sentence without telling prosecutors.

Lewis will serve until her term ends Dec. 31, said state courts spokeswoman Nancy Volmer.

Said N.W. Clayton, spokesman for Gun Owners of Utah: "We helped make some of Utah's 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."

Attorneys who publicly supported Lewis said the community is losing a competent, experienced judge.

"I just don't like the way this one was done," said attorney Greg Skordas. "I felt it was underhanded."

Attorney Dan Berman worries Lewis' defeat sets a bad precedent. "It's very easy in the world we live in to have judges make unpopular decisions that may be very much an appropriate decision or one that you would want a judge to make independent, free of punishment." Cox, meanwhile, was not certified for retention by the Utah Judicial Council.

Twenty-four district and juvenile court judges and 37 justice court judges were retained, as were two of Utah's five Supreme Court justices, according to unofficial returns at press time.

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The American system at work. At times it does have happy endings for all voters.


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