Friday, October 7, 2011


I was happy this morning to see there is yet another candidate. There is no possibility I will vote for Erin Garcia Hernandez or Yolanda Begum Terán. Eventually I will do posts on both. Begum Terán has all the signs of seeking power without concern for how she gets there - not a good sign.

Now, I am not endorsing Refugio “Cookie” Covarrubias. I do not know this man. On paper he has great credentials. He leaves Begum Terán in the dust.

But here is the issue - a lot has been made about credentials in this race. The Founding Fathers had the good sense to not make being a lawyer a requirement to being a federal judge. Any well educated person can be trained to be a judge - but you cannot train someone in inherent morals or ethics - they either have them or they do not.

The number of former state and federal judges in prison grows every year. Limas only remains free because the feds are providing him freedom in exchange for hanging as many people as he can. More on that in another post.

When Begum Terán announced many of the comments made against her were racist. I watched her speech - I saw nothing wrong with it - just because she cannot read a prepared statement with fluidity does not mean she does not know English.  people need to learn to focus on substance and not racist comments to justify their opinion.

Further, our federal judiciary would be a lot better if we had a few doctors, scientists and engineers sitting on the bench. Many of the legal issues facing our courts today involve science, medicine and engineering and our federal judges are not trained to deal with any of these issues. You can train a well educated person in the rules of evidence in a week. It may take a couple of months for them to get the hang of it, but you cannot train a judge in complex medicine, engineering or science in a week.

I am not buying into this BS that Begum Terán is not qualified because she is not a lawyer. In this position I am looking for signs of a greater broader education in the candidate. I am also looking for signs the person is of high ethics.

It drives me nuts when I read comments that people will vote for the flavor of the month because they are not Rene Oliviera or Armando Villalobos. I would never vote for either of them, but I will not vote for the flavor of the month just because the candidate is not Oliviera or Villalobos. We must learn to vet these candidates. I intend to do exactly that with Refugio “Cookie” Covarrubias. I get to vote in this one and I intend for my vote to go to the best candidate.

Covarrubias ran and lost in 2002.

He also ran in 2005


Anonymous said...

Article III federal judges preside over the district courts of the United States, the U.S. Courts of Appeals and the U.S. Court of International Trade. Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States are also Article III federal judges. According to the Constitution for the United States of America, these judges are appointed for life, during "good behavior," and there are no minimum qualifications.

However, since President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary has been used to evaluate Article III judicial nominees. The evaluation criteria in this process includes the following minimum qualifications: member in good standing in the state bar for at least five years; practicing trial attorney and/or trial judge for at least 12 years; competent citizen of good character, integrity, reason, intelligence, and judgment with distinguished accomplishments; and civil and/or public servant. Additionally, appellate nominations are required to be legal scholars.

BobbyWC said...

To the horror of the ABA they are not the law - the constitution still applies - nothing binds the President or Senate to the self serving rules of the ABA

The President is free to nominate anyone to the courts - meaning they do not need to be a lawyer

But my greater point was - the Founding Fathers saw no reason for judges to be lawyers.