We are proud to go to work at the courthouse dressed properly and acting as dignified as possible to give the court and the judges the respect we believe they deserve, even if we do not agree with their modus operandi.
However, due to misbehavier on the part of the judges and the lack of respect from these judges to the court, the Constitution and the litigants, there are many things that we are questioning — and from now on are going to direct our attention to correct the hypocrisy of the legal system.
How can anyone in good faith be able to refer to judges as “The Honorable,” or address them as “Your Honor” when some of those judges may not even know how to spell those words?
“All rise!” is what we all hear in court every time the judge appears in the courtroom after we all sat there waiting for the judge to finish his/her coffee for twenty or thirty minutes, pretending to be on a “conference call” while everyone has been ordered to be in court at a specific time.
We believe that if the judge wants to attend a conference call, it should be before or after the court scheduled time.
When the judges learn how to rule by the law, giving every litigant the same opportunity they give to those who appear in proper person or with an attorney who is afraid to speak up so as not to upset the prosecutor or the judge, then they earn the title of Your Honor.
When the judges start acting like normal people, reasonable and respectful, treating others as they like to be treated, they then will deserve the word Honorable before their name.
It is a known fact that the judicial races are mainly among the local and sometimes the outside legal community, and the majority of the people that appear in court do not know the name of the judge in their case, even if the name of the judge is displayed in big letters in front of the entire audience and their election to the judicial seat depends on the campaign contributions of the law firms, individual attorneys and their staff that takes the election as personally as they take a family member, even if two weeks later they get fired.
We believe that it is time for judges to stop depending on contributions from local law offices and contributions from individuals that are looking to contribute to judicial candidates they are able to control, manipulate and use openly to their own benefit.
Anyone that gives contributions or supports any judge in any race, expecting favors in return, does not have any respect for that candidate — or judge, for that matter.
Perhaps the solution here would be to stop attorneys or law firms from donating to the judicial races so no conflict of interest could arise.
Maybe the Las Vegas Tribune should start getting into a more active mode in the judicial elections and perhaps start lobbying to the Nevada Legislature to change the judicial election rules and create laws that prohibit attorneys from donating to judges’ campaigns.
Another solution would be to prohibit the judges from brain washing their staff; it’s one thing to be loyal to one’s boss, and another to cover up the criminal acts of the judges they are working for, becauseat the end they may be the ones who will pay the consequences for the judge’s actions.
There are several cases that come to mind, like that of Kirstin Lobato, where the judge and the prosecutor refused to allow important documentation to be brought to the jury.
And Donovan Joseph, where the judge, herself a domestic violence victim, did not accept the fact that the defendant’s DNA was not in the alleged victim and who is now doing prison time for a crime he did not commit — and the public defender refused to appeal the case because there was “no grounds for appeal.”
Dagmar Diaz, a young man with mental problems due to an attack from gang members in the school yard, and the judge ignored the prosecution’s deal and sentenced him to three times more than what the law requires because he did not know if ten years later Diaz would commit the same crime again.
While all these things are not corrected we should stop referring to those people with the black robes as Honorable or Your Honor, and most definitely we should not have to rise when they walk into the courtroom.