Here Comes the Judge 7.8
Some jurists are hangin' judges, others are just into B&D. Here
are some highlights from the National Law Journal's annual
survey of deviance in the halls of justice, drawn from state judicial
misconduct commissions across the country:
Judge Ellis "Beaudron" Willard
of Sharkey County, Mississippi was suspended for fabricating evidence.
Among other irregularities, Willard conducted court proceedings
out of a business he owned, Beaudron's Pawn Shop and Tire Center.
And he once arrested a clerk who insisted on going home at 11:30
p.m., subsequently sentencing her to probation.
Truancy Court Judge Marvin
Dean Mitchell of Amarillo, Texas quit the bench, but avoided prosecution
for "official oppression." The judge, who was known to telephone
kids on probation to check up on them, called one 15-year-old
truant and demanded that she talk dirty to him, according to a
complaint the girl filed. Three other teens came forward with
Robert E. Hollman, a Texas
judge, resigned after his secretary complained to the EEOC of
Hollman's propensity to tie her up. "Judge Hollman would bind
[the secretary's] hands behind her back, tie her ankles together
and gag her with a scarf," according to the complaint. "Judge
Hollman would sometimes carry [her] bound-and-gagged ... around
the office; other times, Judge Hollman would leave [her] tied
to a chair or lying on the floor for long periods of time." While
she struggled to free herself, Hollman would often watch bondage
videos. His lawyer claims these antics were consensual.
Greg Brady, Union Buster 4.1
You may remember him as Greg, the tidy and courteous elder son
on The Brady Bunch. Or you may remember him as the washed-up
TV star whose memoir changed forever the way you think of Florence
Henderson. Barry Williams is many things to many people. To enemies
of organized labor, he is a poster child.
Williams is embroiled in a bitter dispute with the Actors Equity
Association (AEA) over his role in a non-Equity production of The
Sound of Music. The union has fined him $52,000 for starring
in the play, while Williams maintains that he resigned from AEA
before signing on for the production. Union activists have picketed
the show, carrying signs proclaiming "Greg Brady is a Scab" and
chanting "Who let the scabs out?"
"In an attempt to make actors think twice about exercising their
rights, AEA union bullies are making an example of Barry Williams,"
huffs Randy Wanke, director of legal information for the National
Right to Work Foundation, in a press release on that organization's
Web site. The foundation, a notorious antagonist of unions, is providing
legal assistance to Williams' case against AEA before the National
Labor Relations Board.
Chip of the Beast 5.8
The Digital Angel purports to be a godsend to the parents of abduction-prone
children everywhere. It is a microchip that can be detected by military
satellites no matter where it is, anywhere in the world. Implanted
between the muscle and the skin of the forearm, the Digital Angel
can tell you not only the whereabouts of your kidnapped loved one,
but other key information, such as whether he/she is still alive.
(That's a key bargaining advantage during ransom negotiations.)
Applied Digital Solutions, a Florida-based company, hopes to begin
marketing the Digital Angel in October, according to a report in
London's Independent. The company has one public relations hurdle
to clear, however. The American Family Association, a prominent
Christian group, has suggested that the Digital Angel is a portent
of End Times. The chip, they say, is the "mark of the beast" mentioned
in the Book of Revelation. For the time being, the company has prudently
chosen to emphasize a wristwatch version of the chip.