Friday, September 29, 2006

Threat to Judicial Independence

Justice Hunstein was our speaker for Politics and Lunch today in Macon. She was introduced by Judge Tommy Day Wilcox. In responding to a question about the greatest threat to judicial independence, Justice Hunstein said that without question it is the impact of 527 groups on the election process. She did a beautiful job of explaining that judicial independence was so very important to our founding fathers because when we were a colony, the King chose the judges and set their salaries, so he had a great deal of control over them. Our ideal is that judges be independent from the political process- judges who apply the law to the facts without regard to the party affiliation of those before the court.

Justice Hunstein also talked about the impact of big money on judicial races. It seems that a number of corporations have tossed large sums of money into the 527 that is backing her opponent. She talked about a judge in another state who decided not to run rather than be faced with raising an estimated 7 million dollars to fund her campaign. The Georgia race will not be quite that expensive, though she estimates needing more than a million dollars. (By comparison, Leah Sears spent about $700,000 on her race.)

Campaign budgets are inflated by the need to talk to the voters, "to get the message out," as some would say. That means, television, mail and other forms of voter contact, including those robo-calls we all love. Thanks to the 2004 election, we all know what the term "swiftboat" means. When used as a verb, it means attacking someone, without regard for the truth, in a way that makes their greatest strength their greatest liability. Well, expect Justice Hunstein to be "swiftboated." Are we going to just stand by and let it happen? Is there any race where integrity is more important? Write the judge a check, if you can, and if you can't volunteer for her campaign. This one is really important.


Button Gwinnett said...

Thanks for letting us know that. I had no idea that much money was being spent on judicial races. I'll definitely be supporting Justice Hunstein.

chancuff said...


CONTACT: Cliff Hancuff
September 29, 2006

"American troops could be home now, except for critical mistakes by our current Commander in Chief," charges Cliff Hancuff, Director of The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too.

"Media and right-wing bloggers are ignoring this fact. For weeks I have been challenging political activists and journalists to act with a minimum of ethical standards," continued Hancuff.

"I became involved when the Sun-Sentinel in Florida reported that Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) said the U.S. poses the top threat to world peace. I watched in dismay as the media and bloggers worldwide reported on this misquote."

"My involvement continued when I discovered Diana Irey, John Murtha's political opponent, had attacked Murtha using a fictional quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln."

"Larry Bailey of is continuing his three year blind support of our current Commander in Chief's incompetence in war. President Bush declared war in Iraq without the 4th Infantry, our most lethal, modern, and deployable heavy division in the world," added Hancuff.

This mistake lead to the atrocity of Al Qaqaa. Iraqi insurgents stole hundreds of tons of high explosives to be used as weaponry.

"These are the explosives being used by Iraqi insurgents and al Qaeda to perpetuate the war in Iraq."

"I am distressed that the same issues ignored by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004 are being ignored again in 2006," said Hancuff adding, "Americans, American soldiers and their families deserve better."

"Without these critical mistakes made by our current Commander in Chief, our American troops would be home with their loved ones, with honor, right now."

On October 1, 2006 Hancuff be at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena located in Johnstown Pennsylvania for Larry Bailey's Swiftboating of John Murtha rally. It is there Hancuff will continue his wait for Mr. Bailey to recall the values of honor and integrity taught him by our US Navy.

There is a video online at:

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The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too


Amy Morton said...

I see we have on our football best...!

Tina said...

Back to Justice Hunstein---she's a fine candidate and I intend to vote for her.