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Strip the robes off judges (a leaflet)

 

 

Strip the robes off judges!

I mean this literally. Judges should not be allowed to wear robes in court. The medieval pageantry in our courts should come to an end. Legal disputes should be settled in a respectful, business-like fashion. Specialized clothing is not required.

A few more things - Judges should not sit on elevated platforms but be on the same level physically as the parties to a dispute. People should not be required to rise when the judge enters a court room. Antiquated phrases such as “your honor” should no longer be used. Dispense with judicial humbug. Justice can be served without it.

If you think I might have a chip on my shoulder regarding judges and courts, you’re right. In the waning years of my life, I have been forced into a number of difficult legal situations in Minnesota and been appalled by those experiences. In fact, I have written up a number of them in the form of personal stories. Go to http://www.billmcgaughey.com/legalchallenges.html.

At this site, you can read first-hand accounts of harrowing legal experiences related to arrests for domestic assault, divorce, foreclosure, and even murder. You can learn how a revered Supreme Court justice conspired to make Minnesota courts more friendly toward women (and unfriendly toward men). Most people try to avoid court if they can but I was forced into this situation. Others have had it worse.

If we want to live in a good and decent society, judicial reform would be the place to start. The system will not reform itself without outside political intervention. That’s why I am passing out this leaflet. I’d love to hear from you if you agree that court reform in Minnesota is possible, if not long overdue.

William McGaughey, Minneapolis, MN 55405
2wmcg@earthlink.net

(If you want to help this cause, make some photocopies of this flyer and give them to your friends.)

mailto: 2wmcg@earthlink.net

 

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