Archive for Friday, August 29, 2008

Report recommends Judges Malone and Martin be retained

August 29, 2008


Douglas County District Judges Paula Martin and Michael Malone should be retained by voters in November, according to state government report cards released Friday.

The Kansas Commission on Judicial Performance released its evaluations of appointed district judges, Kansas Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges who will appear on the ballot in this year's general election. The commission's task is to provide voters with information about how well justices and judges perform and whether they should keep their jobs.

Based on survey responses from attorneys, other judges and a random selection of people who've had cases before a particular judge, the commission has recommended that Douglas County voters keep Martin and Malone on the bench.

The commission's survey results indicate that 97 percent of attorneys and 88 percent of non-attorneys recommended that Malone be retained. Attorneys gave him an overall average score of 3.77 on a 4-point scale, non-attorneys gave him a score of 3.38, and appellate judges gave him a 3.8.

For Martin, 87 percent of attorneys and 86 percent of non-attorneys recommended that she be retained. Attorneys gave Martin an overall average score of 3.45 on a 4-point scale; she received a 3.38 from non-attorneys and a 3.1 from appellate judges. Martin was rated as being completely neutral in criminal cases by 100 percent of the attorneys who were surveyed, a summary of the commission's report said.

Two Kansas Supreme Court justices and four Court of Appeals judges will also be up for retention this year. The commission has recommended that all judges and justices who will appear on Douglas County ballots in November be retained.

Complete and detailed reports about all the judges are available online. A firm in Boulder, Colo., conducted the surveys.

The commission was created by the Kansas Legislature in 2006. According to the commission, six other states have such an evaluation system.


Confrontation 9 years, 9 months ago

For the sake of all children in this area, Martin needs to go.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 years, 9 months ago

My point, though poorly stated, perhaps in the wrong forum is that the city commission has a responsibility to oversee city departments including the police department. They do not. I have proof. They stick their heads in the sand, look the other way and allow the city manager to control their actions. Meanwhile, any city employee can commit misconduct or even crimes and be covered up by their department head fearing no oversight by this city commission. I know.

Confrontation 9 years, 9 months ago

Beobachter, you're disgusting. That was a child. You must be one of those men who believes that a young girl deserves what she gets if the guys want it bad enough. I hope you don't have any kids. I wouldn't be surprised if one of the rapists in that case is related to you, or I guess you could be one of them.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 9 years, 9 months ago

I will not vote to retain Martin. Thank you, Lynn

geniusmannumber1 9 years, 9 months ago

They only asked lawyers, appellate judges, and people who have had their cases in front of the judges? What about people who have no personal experience with either of the judges and base their knowledge entirely on LJW articles and posts on the message boards? These people need to be heard, too!

dozer 9 years, 9 months ago

reading the blogs is better than going to Wal-Mart at midnight. You still get the entertainment of the idiots in this town without leaving the comfort of your home.

BBFantastic 9 years, 9 months ago

ok, genius...why do you care so much since you have no personal experience??leave it up to the people who have had to deal with all the nasty little spiteful things that go on in the courtroom.

BlackVelvet 9 years, 9 months ago

frwent, where is the proof? Perhaps if you provided it, you might have more people believing you. Most folks here aren't simply going to take your word for it.

BlackVelvet 9 years, 9 months ago

"Judge Martin should be sacked."Marion, I don't think she's your type.

shannanturner1 9 years, 9 months ago

I personally think that Judge Jean Shephard is the best judge out side of Malone we have ever had. She is the most honest and caring woman there is. Some think she is too tough on the juveniles but the saying goes "do the crime do the time". She will retire from the bench NOT be forced off the bench.

geniusmannumber1 9 years, 9 months ago

See? That's exactly what I'm talking about! The public needs this sort of insightful analysis!

oldvet 9 years, 9 months ago

And when did this stellar commission ever recommend a Douglas County judge be removed? My guess on the answer is "never". Paula Martin got tougher after the campaign against her a few years ago, but I suspect she is sliding back to her old ways.

JimmyJoeBob 9 years, 9 months ago

I would sack Malone. He has an overinflated opinion of himself. He treats the courtroom security officers with little respect. Not a smart thing to do when they are the ones expected to protect him.

geniusmannumber1 9 years, 9 months ago

Please provide your proof, smitty-er, yellowhouse--er, wasfreashpowder -- er, frwent.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 years, 9 months ago

WShen is the spineless city commission going to evaluate the chief of police???? Who passes judgement on the job done by this person???? Probably not the s;pineless and gutless commissioners we have now who just rubber-stamp the dictates of the city manager while the chief of police tolerates misconduct and downright violations of Federal law by some officers. No, I do not work for Yellow House.

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