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Tom McDermott, Jr., the mayor of Hammond, Indiana, is rather upset and confused after finding out — through social media — that Vice President-elect Mike Pence (who is still governor of Indiana, even though we forgot about that) went ahead and appointed a judge in his town without consulting with him first. And not only that, but a judge who has never even practiced law before.

“She admits she’s never practiced law, and she’s going to be a judge? This is unprofessional cronyism, and I have no confidence in this appointment,” McDermott told the Chicago Tribune. “This lady ran Sylvan Learning Centers.”

Amy Jorgensen, 46, does have a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law, but has previously stated that she has never actually used it. Rather, she has run a bunch of Sylvan Learning Center franchises. For real, like, that was not a weird joke or anything. OH, and by sheer coincidence, we are sure, she also happens to be the chair of the St. John Republican Party.

Jorgensen, who was sworn in on Monday morning, will be replacing Judge Gerald Kray, who was also not told that his services would no longer be needed. Judge Kray was appointed to the position of Hammond City Court Judge by the Indiana Supreme Court after the previous judge died in April.

Via Chicago Tribune:

Jorgensen said in an email that she’s “very thankful and humbled to have been chosen by Vice President-Elect Governor Pence” and that she “was appointed because she was the best candidate, without regard to political support.”

“I look forward to working with current court personnel, as well as the Mayor’s office, to effectuate a smooth transition,” she said. “It is my understanding that Judge Pro Tempore Kray has been doing an outstanding job and I hope for his continued involvement.”

As to whether she has ever worked in a law-related position, however, she declined to answer, saying that Pence reviewed her entire application, resume, background and references and “confidently declared that she would ‘make an excellent judge.'”

Really — he read the whole resume of a person who has never actually practiced law, and who got her degree in law over 16 years ago, judging by this alumni profile, and who, since then, has been operating tutoring franchises, and thought “Oh yes, totally without regard to political support, this is a woman who should be a judge!”

Jorgensen does have her supporters, however. Lake County Republican Party Chairman Dan Dernulc says he thinks she’d be swell!

“I know Amy, and I think she will make an excellent judge,” he said, admitting he “wasn’t sure” if she’s ever held a law-related position. “Sometimes, people are elected into positions and are molded into the job.

“She has a few years to prove herself.”

Oh, a few years? That should be a very comforting thought to all the people who are going to go before her in court before she has time to get “molded” into the job, while she tries to remember all the law stuff she learned well over 16 years ago, and catch up on all the new law stuff that has happened since then. That should be really nice for them! Though, hey, perhaps she’ll have someone to tutor her in all of those things over at one of her Sylvan Learning Center franchises! Surely, she’ll figure it out in no time.

[Chicago Tribune]

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  • Resistance Fighter Astraea

    that she “was appointed because she was the best candidate, without regard to political support.”

    Yes, I hear there is a huge shortage of lawyers willing to be judges.

    • SuspectedDemocrat

      “…without regard to political support, which, by the way, was substantial.”

    • natoslug

      This is why we need to soften our stance on ill eagles. I’m pretty sure there are plenty of undocumented migrants in Indiana who are far more qualified to be judges than Judge Amy.

      • Bub the Mad Zombie

        I’m betting there are garden slugs that are more qualified.

        Fuck Mike Pence.

        • Rise Up, Demme!

          slugs?
          that explains the trail of slime.

  • Blacktop Cadence

    You mean the guy who gave the Cheeto a reach around is a corrupt douche nozzle?

    Well hooooooowdy!

  • Edita Espinosa (Edith Prickly)

    Welcome to the Trumpocalypse….

  • Rise Up, Demme!

    has she even passed the bar?

    • Nounverb911

      Two corinthians and Amy Jorgenson walk into a bar….

    • natoslug

      Not without stopping in for a few (dozen) drinks.

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      That’s a reasonable question, the answer to which I do not know. I’ve passed 3, but do not currently practice law in any of those states. Of course, I also wouldn’t presume to apply for a judgeship. Because that would be insane. But the point is that she might have passed the bar.

      • willi0000000

        only if she was heading for the one on the next block!

      • Resistance Engineer Red Bird

        Isn’t there a way to check that?

        • CogitoErgoBibo

          I did a Martindale-Hubbell search on her as well as running her last name through the Indiana State Bar site. Nothing. Which is an indeterminate result. Those are probably only going to yield results on dues-paying members of the bar, both active and inactive. There’s also the question of whether she passed the bar, if at all, under a maiden name.

          • Resistance Engineer Red Bird

            Amazing. It’s amazing that a person doesn’t need to pass the bar to be a judge.

          • TX Taco Truck Brigade

            I believe it’s only some states. Guess which ones…hint, I think TX is one.

          • Resistance Engineer Red Bird

            Yes, that’s true.

      • Paul

        I seriously doubt it. Otherwise they’d be citing that as one of her “qualifications”. As you know, bar exams are difficult and strenuous.

        • CogitoErgoBibo

          I’m not sure. I rarely mention my bar memberships because they have been in inactive status (a status for which they still bleed me for annual membership dues) for decades. Inactive status means you don’t have to take continuing legal education courses. In other words, her education would have stopped as soon as she went inactive. IF she ever joined the bar at all after having passed (you aren’t automatically a member of the bar after passing one; there are additional boxes to check before you’re “in”). Mentioning having passed the bar leads to a lot of questions. Is she still an active member of the bar, despite not practicing? If not, when did that end.? Was she ever a member? It might be easier to just not mention it because it looks like a smokescreen once you start getting into the details. I think you’re probably right that she would have mentioned it, but it’s also possible she decided not to open that can of worms.

          • TX Taco Truck Brigade

            somebody above said her license has been inactive – wouldn’t that imply she passed the bar (as in had to have done so in order to get a license that has since been in active?)

          • CogitoErgoBibo

            If it is inactive, then yes she would have had to pass a bar first.

          • Paul

            Continuing legal education? Not mandatory in Mass. “Other boxes”? Like what? Swear an oath? Not much more involved than that here in the commonwealth.

            Don’t get me wrong. Lots of lawyers do CLE to stay curent. Lots don’t though.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        My beloved late Papa passed California Bar Exam, and held membership in the ABA California and Hollywood bar associations, with CLE up until about 6 months before cancer ate his brain away… He served as Judge Pro-tem on a number of occasions, usually in arbitration hearings, and was friends with many jurists from local municipal magistrates, to members of both the California and US Supreme Court…

        All this just to say he would have turned down a gig, wearing the robes, day after day after wearying day… Litigating was his passion…

        And, here I am, about to be 60 in February, pursuing finishing up the last credits for my BA… which process actually began more than 30 years ago, with varying degrees of success and GPA depending on lots of weird life circumstances… after that, certification as a paralegal under the laws of New Mexico, where we’ll be after the end of this school year, and, if whatever firm graciously accepts me as a PL (actually, as a guy on the spectrum, doing the legal research fascinates me, and I’d be happy as a clam up to my elbows in WestLaw…), if they’d be willing to help with some tuition, I’d love to hold a JD, in honor of my father, may he rest in peace. I’d really like to be, in my dotage (but mind’s not too bad), maybe working for the ACLU, NORML, PP, Americans for Safe Access, or the like…

        Meh… it’s one of the very few things on my bucket list… I’ve had an interesting life, which some have told me, if written down, would probably have to be marketed as fiction… Not a hero, nor a zero, but think rather a low-budget version of Forrest Gump, and you’ll be in the neighborhood… *grin*

        • Paul Julian Gould

          … as an aside… a point of personal pride in my late Pop that he and the late California Superior Court judge Dick Fildew founded the latest incarnation of the Southwestern University School of Law, Themis, in Los Angeles… Gawdz and little fishes, I do so miss that man who was my Pop, my Masonic Brother and my friend.

          Rest in Peace, Julian S. Gould, esq. — 04/15/1924 – 05/29/2004.

          Sorry for a break in the usual lovely humor… just this season now and upcoming (even as a Jew, Pop tended to out-do all the goys in the neighborhood with lights and decor… It was fun for him, and he was a very broadminded person)…. just these seasons are, to me, reasons for reason, reflection, and a sort of kaddish within myself, with a bit of bittersweet… Mama, who passed in 2015. was about as far to the right, by surface observations, as my late Pop was to the left… yet, they agreed on the major, and shaddaped on the minor, mostly, and made it work for 52 years…

          I miss them.

          Sorry, again… back to the snark and I’ll just sit here and smile at it… *chuckle*

    • hendenburg2

      doubtful. Either that or she never tried.

  • Bub the Mad Zombie

    “Sometimes, people are elected into positions and are molded into the job.”

    Indeed. We are already finding out how well THAT works, aren’t we?

  • Lefty Frizzell

    Tall tales indeed – knock it off! Next you’ll be telling me that a climate science denier is heading the EPA and a retarded white supremacist is AG!

    • anwisok

      Retarded peoples LIBULS!

    • Querolous

      Is “retarded” a euphemism for brain dead?

  • Scooby

    That’s Republicans new thing now just select the least qualified person possible. Hey, that’s how they got this far.

    • anwisok

      How else are they going to prove that Government is incompetent?

  • NastyBossetti

    Between this and the fact that Donald Trump is about to be our President, I have renewed hope that one day I will be given a job for which I am wildly unqualified, without regard to my intelligence or abilities.

    • Blacktop Cadence

      Nah, you gotta suck some serious ass to get there first, or be born rich.

      • NastyBossetti

        Why do you have to stomp all over my American dream?

        • Blacktop Cadence

          That’s how I plan to obtain such a position. Like any good capitalist, I stand and stomp on others to climb the ladder.

      • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

        What if I just suck some silly ass, who so serious?

    • natoslug

      I’ve been doing that job since 2000. Hopefully nobody wises up.

      • TheoLib

        Obviously, NastyBossetti wised up. I think you better start cleaning out your desk.

    • Thiazin Red

      A few questions first:

      1. Do you have a penis?
      2. Is it white?
      3. If you answered “No” to either, are you willing to do anything someone with a white penis says and give them money, while also disparaging your own race/gender?

      • NastyBossetti

        1. I don’t, personally, but I do have access to one.
        2. Yes.

    • Resistance Engineer Red Bird

      As long as you’re….you know the rest.

  • Nounverb911

    “She has a few years to prove herself.”
    Time to contribute to the ‘Innocence Project’ again.

    • CPav

      This means she won’t be up for the current Supreme Court vacancy. They’ll wait for her to get some seasoning and nominate her for the next one.

  • Nounverb911

    So she’s just as qualified for this job as Mental Ben is for Sec HUD?

    • CPav

      Didn’t he just say last week that he wasn’t qualified to run a governmental agency?

  • willi0000000

    well . . . this takes me the rest of the way from scared to terrified.

  • Nockular cavity

    Welp, gonna head on over to the hospital, try my hand at some brain surgery today. How hard can it be, right?

    • willi0000000

      that depends . . . how are you with rockets?

    • Nockular cavity

      I’ll point out that some jobs–pilot, submarine captain, etc.–hold the risk of killing yourself if you fuck them up. So they’re out. But surgeon, cop, judge, President? These are only going to destroy other people, so what the hell!

      • willi0000000

        that’s the spirit!

    • Mr. Blobfish

      The people have spoken. They don’t want an insider.

      • Oblios_Cap

        I always take my car to a mechanic with no experience when it needs fixing. No damned insider is gonna work on my Betsy.

  • Oblios_Cap

    she “was appointed because she was the best candidate, without regard to political support.”

    Of course not!

  • Blacktop Cadence

    Well, having Pency around is sure to boost the hair gel industry, anyway.

    Honestly, either his hair doesn’t grow or he gets a haircut every day to maintain that q-tip skull.

  • Anna Rompage

    That was a heck of a decision you handed down there Brownie….

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    And on that note, time to start calling the Republican members of the House Oversight Committee to call for an investigation into Drumpf’s financial conflicts of interest since I’m STILL not getting through to the committee’s number itself. BRB…

    • Paul

      I admire your persistence. Why, it almost seems as if they are making it difficult for a concerned citizen to contact them. Perhaps tell them you are calling from K Street. They answer to those folks.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      It is a possibility. Once Bannon starts locking horns with Ryan, Pauly may not play so nice anymore,

  • Vincent Ricola

    “This lady ran Sylvan Learning Centers.”

    You’ve got to be kidding me. Kim Davis is somewhere waiting to be called up to the plate.

    • Nockular cavity

      SHHHH!

    • Anna Rompage

      I nominate her for the official food taster…

    • Oblios_Cap

      What! Something with a name sounding educational? That’s not very Republican.

      • willi0000000

        sure it is . . . just look at any piece of people-fucking legislation they ever really wanted.

        [ no child left behind fer instance ]

      • hendenburg2

        What makes you think Sylvan is in any way related to education?

        • Oblios_Cap

          You mean it’s not a classroom in the woods? Color me shocked!

    • Slavakitty

      And throwing molotov cocktails at the local Planned Parenthood in her spare time.

  • Crystalclear12

    Man, I wish my psychotic break would kick in, because this “new normal” thing sucks!

    • Shanana Republic

      I’m waiting until I win the lottery before I have mine.

      • hendenburg2

        I’ll volunteer to safeguard your winnings. wouldn’t want you doing anything rash

    • TJ Barke

      I think mine is almost here…

    • Nockular cavity

      Shit. I thought this WAS my psychotic break.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      Don’t go all Kanye on us.

      • Oblios_Cap

        He likes fish sticks. He’s a gay fish.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        never go full Kanye

  • moebym

    Yep. Qualifications, skills, talents no longer matter in this country, at least for public office.

  • FauxAntocles

    Hey, if Drumpf is qualified to be prez, this is small potatoes.
    I think I’ll apply for brain surgeon.

  • Oblios_Cap

    I’m sure she won’t mind when all her rulings are struck down on appeal. Judges are totes cool with that sort of thing.

  • Ali | Cat of the Resistance

    Cool. I got a biology degree 14 years ago and have never practiced medicine, so I can be Surgeon General, right?

  • Resistance Ftr PuckStopsHere

    Whoever coined the phrase, “The Law is an ass,” misspoke. They meant to say, “Mike Pence is an ass.”

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    That swamp must be about drained by now…

    • Oblios_Cap

      And is being refilled with even more toxic critters.

    • Querolous

      The swamp is being drained because the vultures prefer dry spaces.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Wow, that Pence is just going to be the bestest president evah!

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      just his way of reminding everyone that Trump isn’t the only fuckup in this administration

    • BMW

      Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Trump probably has 2 years before he’ll be impeached.

      • willi0000000

        not with impeachment insurance like mike pence behind him.

        [ but 15 minutes later if they impeach pence first! ]

        • FlownOver

          Speaker Eddie Munster sez: Oh, hell, yea!

  • dslindc
    • Thiazin Red

      The only thing that could make the rest of the year worse is if she and Nick Offerman broke up, that would make me legit sad.

      • dslindc

        Agreed! They are a fantastic couple!

        • Thiazin Red

          I saw their show, they really are.

          • Darkest Timeline Zach Morris

            Their stage show was amazing. Nick was on crutches at ours.

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    Fun fact: Her law school alma mater was just censured by the ABA. https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/11/22/aba-censures-law-school

  • dslindc

    I once walked through a law school. Can I be a judge, also too?

    • Blacktop Cadence

      Only after you run a group of over priced centers that tell kids to study and be organized.

    • Anna Rompage

      My niece just graduated from Notre Dame Law, perhaps I should be the next judge appointed to the SCOTUS…

    • Alexander Stallwitz

      Does reading the works of noted legal scholar John Grisham counted

    • Biff52

      I saw an ad for one on TV, does that count?

  • Lance Thrustwell

    God damn it. I bet he never did this kind of quid-pro-quo palm-greasing shit before – but now he’s trying to show Trump that he can be a big boy. That pinheaded, retrograde, brainwashed, smarmy, know-it-all, smug, deluded, reactionary, prudish, troglodyte, vacuous, hypocritical, childish, unfeeling, insular, craven, pandering, dishonest, mindless, pusillanimous, vapid, DICKWEASEL.

    • Lizernst

      Lady parts dictator. You forgot lady parts dictator.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Something about this non-comment suggests to me that you’re not fond of Pence.

  • NastyBossetti

    I’ve been told I’m very judgmental. Who do I contact to get paid for this?

  • monoglot

    I have a degree in English. Maybe I am even more qualified than Nigel Farage to be the new ambassador from the UK.

    • LesBontemps

      You have to admit, though, that “Nigel Farage” is a pretty low bar.

  • BMW

    Did she delete emails any though? Ok, then.

    • Nounverb911

      Just the tweets where she blames the Jews for deleting her tweets.

  • Wild Cat

    Good.
    The fine folk in Indiana can drink Drano for all I care.
    (No “news” on TV or via Internet “news” sites for two weeks now . . .)

  • Vincent Ricola

    I’m a libra, can I be the next supreme court justice now?

    • Lance Thrustwell

      OK, but you’ll only get paid scale.

      • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

        America’s fate hangs in the balance.

        • LesBontemps

          Now I hate you all.

          • willi0000000

            cheer up! . . . i’ll pour you a gill of rum and everything will finish up just fine . . . a net gain for all.

    • QHarp, Mujer malévola

      Trump still outsources his most of his astrology to China– do you also happen to be a rat, snake, or cock?

  • LesBontemps

    Personally, I’m waiting for Pence to appoint me as Queen of France.

    • Blacktop Cadence

      If you’re like me you’ll quickly start another Hundred Years War with England.

  • Tila Tequila also was involved with Sybian Learning Centers from what I’m told.

    • Wild Cat

      She made her dentist rich because she thought it was an oral-sex mechanism.

    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      Can I get a scholarship for a free ride?

    • jesuswasablack

      Me thinks it’s nice that after all these years of struggling she’s finally found her calling!
      http://ll-media.tmz.com/2015/08/30/0828-tila-tequila-sub-facebook-6.jpg

    • SuspectedDemocrat

      I must have misunderstood, I thought she owned a franchise of Syphilitic Learning Centers.

  • “Mike, they’re already talking about impeaching me! Do something corrupt as fuck to remind them of why you’re my insurance policy!”

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Ooh. Goddamn it, I think you might be onto something there.

    • Blacktop Cadence

      I would make a joke about her leaving the governor’s office looking disheveled, but any good joke has to be rooted in some truth and there is no way Pency isn’t a dick licker.

  • Lizernst

    What could go wrong? But no really, he’s fucking her.

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      Normally I’d just nod in agreement, but she has lady parts. Pence obviously thinks those are icky. His whole interest in conversion therapy is such an obvious cry for help. Relax, Mikey! Being LBGQT is fun once you get past the self-loathing.

  • jesuswasablack
    • Blacktop Cadence

      Oh, they drained it, but then rerouted a sewage pipe to fill it back up.

    • Resistance Fighter Astraea

      They had to drain it to find all the bottom-feeders and promote them.

  • mrFawkes

    I believe there’s a Broadway musical–“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” that touched on this.

    • Vecchiojohn

      Also –

      ? They tell us that the Admiral
      Is as nice as he can be
      But we never see the Admiral
      Because the Admiral has never been to sea ?

  • Suttree

    So, how long until we find out that Pence has been boning her for years?

    • Jennifer R

      Look at his lips and tell me he doesn’t gargle balls.

      • Ali | Cat of the Resistance

        *loses appetite, puts lunch back in fridge*

        • Jennifer R

          Maybe I can open a weight loss program. Listen to awful words until food sounds like drinking battery acid.

  • Jennifer R

    To quote a very smart man, God Damn America.

    • Look Closer

      He just did in this election.

  • O/T… So much for the economic insecurity argument. Seems that Trump lost 2/3 of the economy in the election tally.

    From today’s WaPo:

    “The divide is economic, and it is massive. According to the Brookings analysis, the less-than-500 counties that Clinton won nationwide combined to generate 64 percent of America’s economic activity in 2015. The more-than-2,600 counties that Trump won combined to generate 36 percent of the country’s economic activity last year.

    Clinton, in other words, carried nearly two-thirds of the American economy.”

    • Blacktop Cadence

      Okay, serious moment.

      This is why I’m perpetually annoyed by this “economic distress” bullshit. Every major center of production in the country is blue as fuck. Newsflash, you special little thing, the auto glass factory that supported Detroit in your little Ohio town ain’t coming back. Detroit is a Mad Max hellhole and the auto industry is long gone, period.

      Learn to do something else and stop blaming everyone else!

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Because our “liberal media” doesn’t want to deal with stone racism that is the core of Drumpf’s appeal.

  • The KGB Ate Our Votes

    She will use her vast expertise to adjudicate all of Indiana’s juice box custody cases. Now stop slapping each other and say you’re sorry or I will have to call your parents.

  • Jennifer R

    I wake up every date lately thinking “Man, fuck white people”.

  • azeyote

    this whole white trashing of america is amazing – maybe Walmart should be the new White House – put it in on trailer park 100 stories tall so we can’t see the sky – make it right – make it white – i need a stronger drink and a lot more bud –

  • jesuswasablack

    Hammond Indiana, it’s tough to stand out in that city as corrupt but Pence is gonna let his new Judge give it a go!
    https://d2hqpbzptz6p9s.cloudfront.net/assets/2015/06/Pence-must-go.jpg

  • puredog

    Hey, lighten up! She took a Con Law class from Justice Clarence Thomas at Cambridge University, so there’s that. Better she NOT remember it.

  • Zippy W Pinhead
    • Jennifer R

      I don’t remember bloom county being a joke set up then no follow through. Might just be my memory though.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        it’s based off yesterday’s panel

        • Jennifer R

          Yeah I saw yesterday’s as well. It wasn’t a punchline then either.

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    WOMAN: Well, ‘ow did you become judge then?

    AMY: The Lady of the Lake,

    [angels sing]

    her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft The Gavel

    from the bosom of the water signifying by Divine Providence that I,

    Amy was to carry The Gavel.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Strange women, lying in ponds, distributing swords, is no basis for a system of government.

      • Teecha

        Better than an electoral college maybe?

  • TheGrandWaz00
    • Rick Hill

      She looks like a female Newt…

      • jodyleek

        With that hair, she could be Newt and Callista’s secret spawn.

        • Good_Gawd_Yall

          As I was scrolling down, and the top of the head came into view, I thought it WAS Callista. Until I saw the width of the face. No way would any wife of Newt G. be allowed to have a weight problem.

    • Nockular cavity

      Holy crap. Now I’m scared.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Oh my god, I suspected it, but I’m just about certain now. She’s a fundie, just like Pence. That plus the campaign help is why he’s appointing her.

      How can I tell? It’s that thousand-yard stare, man. Those pod-people Bachmann eyes. I can tell those anywhere.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        Thing about a shark is . . . he got lifeless eyes.

        • LucindathePook

          Doll’s eyes….

      • willi0000000

        . . . and the smile that never reaches the eyes.

    • TheAmazingBeardedLady

      Is lacquered hair a recent trend?

  • calliecallie

    If they impeach Trump, and then they impeach Pence, Paul Ryan will be in charge. I believe. We are so fucked.

  • Jennifer R

    So pretty much every case she hears is going to be appealed to hell.

  • Shoto

    OK, so…that photo of Pence looks straight-up creepy. Communities across the country should issue restraining orders that make it illegal for him to be within 500 feet of playgrounds or schools.

  • Incoming Ham

    Pence is really working on that associate producer/casting director role.

  • DoILookAmused2u ?

    See, if you get rid of Trump, you still have Pence corruption.

    • Shoto

      It’s like a Two-Fer! Winning!

  • Rick Hill

    “….and catch up on all the new law stuff that has happened since then.”

    Oh, well, I’m sure that the prosecuting attorneys will be very helpful in giving her appropriate guidance in what they, er she needs to do to serve justice.

  • tehbaddr

    Mumble, mumble, something CRAZY PILLS!!!!1!11!111!1!!111111!!!1!!!!!1!!!!!

  • SuspectedDemocrat

    This is good news for Harriet Miers.

  • Señor Skwerl!

    Ahh the Sylvan learning center for rich people who are afraid their kids won’t get into an elite college. Let me guess the race and socioeconomic position of the winners of all her cases.

  • MynameisBlarney

    It’s like they took every last shitty thing from the bush43 administration and concentrated it.

  • foreign agitator Captain Kraut

    The rule of law is always the first to go.

    Considering we’re dealing with Trump et al, the laws of physics are bound to be next.

    • Oblios_Cap

      “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”

    • willi0000000

      they’ve been denying the physics of global warming for years now so it’s just a matter of time before they repeal them.

  • Me not sure
  • Vecchiojohn

    Does Sylvan Learning Center offer a remedial course in good law-judging?

  • Lulu Mac

    As a fellow law degree haver who has actually used it, there is so much about this that infuriates me…

    • Alec Leamas

      Are you certain that this was not a Municipal Court that (like many states) does not require that its Judges be law-trained?

  • MynameisBlarney
    • willi0000000

      i’ll bet he had his aides up all night looking for a Kenyan.

    • HazooToo

      Ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffuck you, Sessions

    • “Not Racist”.

    • Suttree

      I thought he was a fan of the KKK not the JBS.

  • Rick Hill
    • yyyaz

      Overqualified.

      • TX Taco Truck Brigade

        He’s tried cases – he lost them, but he’s actually practiced.

  • Nounverb911

    Trump is actually, really this time meeting with the Times. They are live tweeting, trump isn’t….

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ee73d9b1fdd6e0a6f3e09f3ca88ed62d3088383cb79a621097f7655aac7cc411.png

    • Rick Hill

      Yeah, journalists and everyone in general all need to work together to make trump’s job easier. Anyone want to bet that Kellyann told donald that working with the press would make it easier and trump took that as they need to change so he is not inconvenienced

    • NastyBossetti

      Has no one told him that almost all black voters voted against him?
      Additionally, it is not the job of the press to make the President’s (or any politician’s) job any easier.

    • Marceline

      Reading that is interesting. He’s walking back almost everything he stood for. Now watch him come out and tweet that they lied and he never said any of that stuff. I hope they have this shit on video.

      • Rick Hill

        Have it on video

        As if it matters

  • Niblet58

    Dense Pence, the gift that keeps on giving well after it is gone. What a cluster fuck.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that the incoming team is not too bright.

  • TheGrandWaz00

    Wow! This subscription to ZipRecruiter is totally worth it. ~Pence

  • RC

    If trump and pence are both impeached don’t we get McConnell before Ryan? Not that it would be any better but I’m just trying to get the order in line. Although if we wait and impeach them after 2018 and get the senate back…..

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Nope, by 2018 we’ll have had a nuclear war with some other country, so the order of succession won’t be all that important.

    • willi0000000

      the order is:
      – VP
      – House Speaker
      – Pres pro tem Senate
      – Sec State
      – Sec Treasury
      – Sec Defense
      – AG
      – Sec Interior
      – Sec Ag
      – Sec Commerce
      – Sec Labor
      – Sec HHS
      – Sec HUD
      – Sec Transport
      – Sec Energy
      – Sec Education
      – Sec VA
      – Sec Homeland Security

      so . . . basically if t’Rump appoints a Democrat to head the VA (here fix this, no, no money, haha) it’ll take sixteen simultaneous impeachments to get someone reasonable in the big chair.

      • Lulu Mac
        • willi0000000

          i’d put my money on a celluloid dog surviving a day in hell first.

      • Sister the Resister!

        When do we get Laura Roslyn? At least she was willing to be corrupt for a good cause!

        • YetAnotherRebecca

          If I’m remembering my BSG correctly she was the Secretary of Education so…she’d be one up from the VA Sec.

          Not that it was a serious question – but I’m a giant nerd so I’m right here with the answer anyway :)

      • RC

        well that’s fucking depressing :(

      • Teecha

        Where’s the IRA when you need some politicians removing?

        (Maybe too far? Meh, I think I’m funny)

    • awakeallready

      If we start now that’s about how long it will take. The timing might be perfect.

  • Resistance Fighter Astraea
    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      We know why, you cheeto-faced ferret-wearing shitgibbon. And you do, too.

    • Lulu Mac

      They spray paint your name and salute you in German…shouldn’t be that hard to “find out why…”

    • Sister the Resister!

      The force is not strong in this one….

    • Maybe you should ask their de facto leader leader, since he’s your fucking “chief strategist”.

    • Fartknocker

      I hope the Library of Congress is cataloging all of this history. I can’t wait to see how this will be explained in Texas school books in 2024.

      • Querolous

        Texas will have schools in 2024?

    • LesBontemps

      Why do all these homosexuals keep sucking my dick?

  • LesBontemps

    Oh hey, this is more even better! According to the Indiana courts, Amy Jorgensen’s law license was not only unused, but had been inactive until May 2016, when she suddenly realized that she had always had a calling to the judiciary, purely coincidental to Judge Harkins’s death in April.

    Nope nope nope, no regard to politics here, it’s purely a merit appointment!

    https://courtapps.in.gov/rollofattorneys/Search/Detail/e7846b95-0eb7-e011-9d34-02215e942453

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      The nice thing about this incoming administration is that the corruption is right out in the open. You don’t even have to bother asking yourself things like “Why is there tape on the lock of this door into the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate hotel?” or “What did Ronald Reagan know about Iran-Contra, and when did he know it?”

  • jodyleek

    Oh man! Sylvan Learning Center. I could tell you stories. I worked for a SLC for 6 years and I’m sure I’ve sat in the same room as this broad. You see, I attended several SLC conferences and my years of service overlap with some of hers. Anyhoo, I found the conferences quite a hoot what with all the drinking and sexy times. The organization changed over the years and became a purveyor of what I would call predatory loans. They were adjustable rate loans and you could get one if you had a pulse. Of course our bonuses were directly tied to the number and dollar amounts of these loans. I eventually left my SLC because my boss was a micromanaging nit-wit who had no business owning any business, let alone one predicated on education. The only qualification for owning a center is the size of your bank account.

  • Michael Smith

    Sometimes, people are elected into positions and are molded into the job.

    Objection. Relevance. She wasn’t elected, she was appointed.

  • TundraGrifter

    If she was the best candidate I’d hate to see the ones who didn’t make the cut.

    On the other hand, Trump has never held a political office – elected or appointed. So I guess we’re going to go through a few years of on-the-job training as he is molded.

    We already know every day is “Bring Your Family to Work Day.” Why does he parade around his wife? Is he really that insecure?

    • Teecha

      I thought it was his daughter he was taking to meetings?

      • TundraGrifter

        I just saw a photo from his 11/10 visit to DC – meeting with Senators and stuff – and he’s got his arm candy handy.

        • Teecha

          *vom

        • Sister the Resister!

          arm candy, or handler assigned by Putin et al? I’m beginning to seriously wonder…

          • TundraGrifter

            Remember that Russian spy who was on LinkedIn?

            They are everywhere!

  • Lefty Wright

    This will keep the appeals court busy. Chances are any guilty verdict will be appealed and either completely overturned or sent back for retrial. And that will simply clog up the courts more. On the other hand, it will make a lot of defense attorneys a lot of money.

    • Lulu Mac

      Or put a hell of a strain on an already woefully funded public defender’s office…

    • TX Taco Truck Brigade

      I’m gonna put a shiny new nickel down that the judicial board of indiana will hand her walking papers AND suspend that unused law license sometime soon.

    • Alec Leamas

      Chances are that she doesn’t try anything above Summary offenses and traffic tickets because this is a municipal Court. YMMV.

  • ImpureScience

    I have a computer science degree. Can I be a judge too?

    • suziq

      Why not? Oh yeah, we don’t believe in that “science” stuff. Is it even real?

      • HogeyeGrex

        Fuckin’ magnets…

      • cat cafe

        Come on, anyone can see the earth is flat!

    • BigBoppa pour la résistance

      In Indiana, all you need is to be 98.6 degrees, apparently.

    • therblig

      guilty/not guilty – it’s a simple binary system. i don’t see why not.

      • ImpureScience

        I’d institute quantum verdicts.

  • As the newly appointed juggalo in chief I wholeheartedly approve of this (fill in the blank).

  • Teecha

    Effectuate? Why long out these words? Effect would have worked fine here. Or is this woman trying to sound clevererer than she actually is?
    Also- America! What the actual spiny fuck are you doing? Can you see yourselves, mad republicans? Do you not know that you’re doing this stupid and embarrassing shit out loud?

    • Sister the Resister!

      I’m understanding why so many European countries have tried to crack down hard on the far right groups, despite American-style unicorn dreams about the sanctity of free speech.* This IS yelling fire in a crowded theatre, and a lot of us are at risk of getting seriously stomped.

      ____
      * still believe in the sanctity of free speech, just not so unicorn dreamy about it

      • Teecha

        Yeh, we don’t even have a constitution, let alone a right to free speech in the way it exists in the USA. When I was in Hamburg this summer, I went to this miniature world place- it had mini set ups of Berlin through the ages. The nazi stuff was there- but no swastika. They’re utterly forbidden. Sometimes, censorship does more good than harm.

        • TX Taco Truck Brigade

          It’s not even allowed in a historical/educational context? I knew it was banned on the streets and stuff, but wow.

          • Teecha

            Not at all. I was looking to see if I got a photo, but my I think my friend did. The banner flags are there, with the white background, red circle. No swastika. I knew it, before I went, but it was a shock to not see it- it’s a staple of my C20th World textbooks.

          • Nasty_ahughes798_woman

            Nope. Mr. 798 builds model airplanes and stuff like that, and if the model was made in Europe, the German WWll models do not include graphics that have swastikas on them.

          • cat cafe

            You are talking about a product for sale. That is completely different from what is taught in the schools.

          • Teecha

            (Btw- That was a reply to TX taco truck, and how the symbols can’t be used even in historical context.)

          • Nasty_ahughes798_woman

            They can be shown in a historical context in textbooks, but they cannot be displayed on the cover.

          • cat cafe

            Yes, yes it is. It is banned on the streets, and in items for sale, but of course it is taught, and taught very responsibly, too.

        • Sister the Resister!

          It’s a finicky line, between squelching harmful speech, and hiding important history and idea because they are harmful

          • Teecha

            See, I see those as two entirely separate things. And neither of them as a free speech issue as the US has it- you can say what you like about the gvt and can’t be arrested for it (have I got that right? Or does it go further?)

            You can teach the history of how, for example, Oswald Moseley and the British fascists operated or how the Tories ran an election campaign in the 60s that went ‘if you want a n*****r for a neighbour, vote labour’ without saying the n word out loud, and making that word so taboo that it’s not used at all in public (except by the most frothing racists) and if it is used in public, the person who said it is liable to be arrested on a public order offence.
            I’ve not taught in a German school, but I’m pretty sure they don’t skip the horrors of the 30s and 40s, despite banning the swastika and ‘mein kampf’

            It’s a difference of perspective I suppose. amongst my peers, we’d prefer that the safety of the vulnerable is put higher than the right of an individual to say what they like, if what they like endangers others. But we have a right to mock and berate the gvt. Always.

          • cat cafe

            No, the German schools most certainly do NOT skip the horrors of the 1930s and 1940s. Germany has been extremely responsible in teaching their young citizens EXACTLY what happened, including trips to the death camps, in order to make sure that it never happens again. In addition, they forbid public display of the swastika, as part of the commitment to making sure it never happens again. That is completely different from what they teach. Please stop spreading misinformation.

          • Teecha

            Please check what I wrote- no misinformation there.

      • Last Hussar

        There’s free speech and free speech. Sure, going on Fox and shouting ‘Make the Niggers Slaves Again’ is free speech, but not sure how it would play with the courts.

        • Alec Leamas

          There’s free speech and free speech

          No.

          • cat cafe

            Um, yes.

            First of all, the “free speech” concept applies only to “government shall make no law,” not in the least to private businesses or private TV networks. NOT IN THE LEAST.

            Second of all, it refers to the protection of the dissemination of truth, and the allowability of protest. It is commonly and constantly excepted, as you well know, in cases such as libel, slander, obscenity, sedition, as well as things like revealing classified information (check the whereabouts of Chelsea Manning, for example), perjury, and matters of public security (commonly explained as shouting “fire” in a crowded theater). And in particular, hate speech is NOT protected, nor is incitement to violence, and even something called “fighting words” is not protected. Harm to others, and even to some extent offense to others is not in any way considered protected speech.

            Third of all, there are many countries, most of whom actually were overrun by the actual Nazi menace, who determined that one way to prevent that from happening again was to stop Nazis from re-asserting themselves. France, Britain, and most of all, Germany all have strict laws against any public expression of Nazism. Many of us feel the same urgency.

            You’re trying to defend Nazis for some reason. You’re free to do that. But we, and Maggiano’s, are all super free to tell them to go find somewhere else to salute and revere a genocidal maniac who would harm all of us, including you.

          • Alec Leamas

            There is no concept of “hate speech” in U.S. law. None. The End.

          • cat cafe

            You’re wrong, but it doesn’t matter. The facts remain no matter what you think they are.

          • Alec Leamas

            Nope.

          • cat cafe

            Saying “nope” doesn’t change it, either. Sorry.

          • Alec Leamas

            Ya.

          • cat cafe

            So, you’re 14, I guess?

          • Alec Leamas

            You guess incorrectly.

            Isn’t there a tea party for your cats to which you should be attending?

          • cat cafe

            Senatah, we are all part of the same hypocrisy, but NEVER THINK IT APPLIES TO MY CATS!

    • cat cafe

      It is one of the most ridiculous traits of the stupids that they longen words to make themselves seem smarticulate and intelligentious. “Fabrication” for fabric, “conversate” for converse, “orientate” for orient. It’s the same reason they like absurd, gaudy wedding dresses. It’s FANCY-like. Oh, and the misuse of “I” for “me.” They sort of grasp that “Me like this” sounds uneducated, so they go overboard with “He just told John and I” and even go so far as “He was asking John and I’s opinion.” “I’s”!!!! How can they possibly be saying that!

  • YayConspiracy

    It’s projection: If I can be governor, and get away with it, why then anything goes. Me VP, she judge…

  • whitroth

    Aren’t there laws against cronyism? Can the Mayor direct the city prosecutor to do something?

    • Last Hussar

      It appears there is a new judge he can ask…

    • whitroth

      Wait, I’ve got it: they’ll be able to impeach *Pence* for this, and *then* they’ll get the President they really want: Ryan.

      • cat cafe

        Couldn’t we just keep going all the way down till we get to Lindsay Graham? At least he seems nice.

        • alpacapunchbowl

          Nice might not be the word I’d use, but he’d be one hell of a drinking buddy.

    • Broad

      That was one of the first things I asked, and the mayor — who was also a practicing attorney, btw — said there is nothing they can do until the ’19 election.

  • Last Hussar

    I don’t believe this. You’ll be telling me next that Trump is calling for a man reviled by much of Britain to be made the Ambassador to the US, even though he constantly criticises the Prime Minister. I mean, nobody could be that stupid.

    • Teecha

      I only ever pronounce pronounce that idiot farage’s name in ways that I know would annoy him in real life- a) Nigel in a french accent ‘neeejeelll’ with farage the way he says it, or 2) Nigel in an English accent, but also faridge to rhyme with garage.
      I’d queue for up to 40mins to punch him in the face. And then I’d go to the back and queue again.

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      Yes. Trump can be that stupid.

      Every time I think of Trump and diplomacy, I’m reminded of this scene from As Time Goes By
      (excuse the dreadful quality)

      https://youtu.be/vp34Sz9-4VA?t=536

      “So… how is your queen?”

  • SpaceCaptainWarlock

    Damn coastal elites…

  • chicken thief

    As long as she doesn’t force good Christian True Patriot American pizza makers to cater to no homo weddings she will be fine. Praise the Lord!

  • chicken thief

    I can tell by the way she is looking at the camera that Pence giving her a few pounds of his foreign currency love muscle. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8855a416cd8d28fb204ef15093b2340d1f231b441662714320addb8d5328824d.jpg

    • John Repka

      Nice to see the “Calista Gingrich” look is making a comeback…

      • Bub the Mad Zombie

        She looks like Callista Gingrich inflated to about 40 PSI.

  • Alec Leamas

    It’s probably too much for the author to have done some cursory fact-checking to determine whether this bench is a municipal Court, which is not a Court of record, and whether Indiana law requires that the would-be Judge be law-trained at all? Many states have such local and municipal Courts and it is common that the Judges not have been law school graduates, members of the bar, and/or in any way law trained as a requisite to sit on said bench. In which case, the appointee’s J.D. would actually make her overqualified.

    Like I said – too much to ask.

    • Erm…
      I do not think I would hire a doctor who has never practiced medicine in 16 years to cut my toe nails let along perform surgery on me.
      So there is that!
      Maybe the Author of this piece, like most people with, idk, any idea of law and justice, prefers their judges to have actual knowledge of the subjects over which they will be presiding?

      • cat cafe

        But….but…the whole raison d’etre of the Trump campaign is “we like our leaders to be STUPID just like us!” The Dunning-Kruger effect in action. ps, wouldn’t it be funny if Dunning really hated Kruger, and he was the one he was actually referring to, but Kruger didn’t realize it?

    • Bub the Mad Zombie

      It is also probably too much to ask that you get your head out of your own ass before posting. Did you read the responses from Ms. Jorgensen and Mr. Dernulc when asked about her lack of legal training?

      Jorgensen:

      As to whether she has ever worked in a law-related position, however, she declined to answer, saying that Pence reviewed her entire application, resume, background and references and “confidently declared that she would ‘make an excellent judge.’”

      Dernulc:

      “I know Amy, and I think she will make an excellent judge,” he said, admitting he “wasn’t sure” if she’s ever held a law-related position. “Sometimes, people are elected into positions and are molded into the job.

      “She has a few years to prove herself.”

      One can reasonably infer that if legal training and experience were not a job requirement then that would have been the first thing out of their mouths.

      • It is fun though to speculate that a judge does not need to have any idea of how to be a judge in order to be a judge!
        Next we will have gardeners working on our transmissions and teachers performing root canal. Who’s with me!

        • LesBontemps

          It’s how we got our next president!

        • Bub the Mad Zombie

          I find myself rather eager to perform dental work of a sort on Trump supporters these days…

          • Alec Leamas

            You have a rich but disturbing fantasy life. Please leave me out of it.

          • Bub the Mad Zombie

            By all means then, fuck off. You certainly won’t be missed.

          • Alec Leamas

            I’m certain you have a legion of imaginary friends to play with in your nerd hole.

          • Bub the Mad Zombie

            Best you can come up with, simpleton? Why don’t you toddle back to whatever neo-nazi safe space you usually frequent and try to think of an original insult?

          • Alec Leamas

            An original insult for you? That’s going to be a difficult task, since I can imagine that they’ve all been used (and aptly) several times over.

          • Bub the Mad Zombie

            You imagine incorrectly. But just from the current thread I can see that being incorrect is something you are not unfamiliar with.

          • Alec Leamas

            No.

        • Alec Leamas

          It’s common that JPs and MDJs need not be law trained. Read a book.

          • oooo did you write one?
            And no. You said above JD, not JP
            Nice moving of the goal post but…citation needed. Show me one instance of a JUDGE sitting on bench who has not been trained in law.
            I will wait.

          • Alec Leamas

            JP = “Justice of the Peace”

            JD = “Juris Doctor”

      • Alec Leamas

        Funny thing about writing and playing journalist is that you’re supposed to find out whether the proposition here is true before writing the piece. No “inference” is necessary.

        • The proposition is that a friend of Pence who has no actual practice at law was just appointed a judge by Pence.
          You’re the one who decided to say that Indiana does not require you to actually know what you are doing before getting a job. Which, if true, sort of says a LOT about Indiana.

          • Bub the Mad Zombie

            And a lot about Mr. Leamas.

          • therblig

            The Douche Who Came in from the Cold

          • Alec Leamas

            No.

        • Bub the Mad Zombie

          I repeat. If legal training and experience were not expected or required they simply would have said so.

          I realize that expecting morons to follow simple rules of logic is rather unfair of me.

    • LesBontemps

      A municipal court is still a court, although one of limited jurisdiction, and must abide by the same rules of evidence and procedure that every other court does. Non-indictable and traffic offense cases still get tried there. It is not too much to ask that a judge have some passing familiarity with what actually happens in a courtroom, other than watching Judge Judy (not an actual courtroom).

      And even if it weren’t, why go through the pretense of claiming this is some kind of merit appointment, that she is “the best candidate, without regard to political support”? Why not just admit that this is a rank patronage position? Who do they think they’re fooling?

      • Be fair, Les, she ran pay for grade tutoring academies and that is a lot like judging!
        You judge who will get the extra time (hint: it is who pays more!) you judge who gets the more qualified instructors (Hint: Same!) so much judging!

      • Alec Leamas

        Uh, in 90s seconds I was able to find out that the minor courts in indiana are not staffed by attorneys.

        • Movin more goal posts! Not attorney =/= no practice in law or not trained in it!
          Your fact checking skillz suck. Like lots. Just thought you should know that.

          • Alec Leamas

            In which wonderful land do you live where non-attorneys nevertheless practice law?

          • AH well, there are legal aides and court clerks and all manners of people who are not lawyers who actually work in the law profession!
            But apparently the answer to your question is judges in Indiana?

          • Alec Leamas

            Definitionally, they do not “practice law,” since the practice of law is solely the province of members admitted to the bar.

            You might just want to stop putting words together and pretending they have meaning relevant to the discussion at hand.

        • LesBontemps

          So what? Do you really think she was appointed because she was “the best candidate, without regard to political support”? Do you think that, having never practiced in ANY context, she will be even competent, let alone effective, in a job that requires knowledge of evidence rules and both civil and criminal procedure, as well as the customary practices of municipal court?

          This is a pure political payback position, giving a party hack a public salary for her service to the campaign. That’s the quality of appointment we can expect from Pence heading up the Trump transition.

          • Alec Leamas

            So what?

            You mean other than rendering the article an irrelevancy?

          • LesBontemps

            Do you have difficulty reading in English? Or is it just the comprehension? No one ever said being a lawyer is a formal requirement for the position. The issue is that a party tool with no qualifications whatsoever is being touted by Pence himself as “the best candidate,” and that this is not at all a political patronage plum. Not that there’s anything illegal in political patronage. It’s just the outlandish lying about the reason for the appointment and Jorgensen’s imaginary capabilities for the job that’s vomit-inducing.

          • Alec Leamas

            I think you’re missing the point. It seems that she’s been appointed to an office routinely staffed by retired Police Chiefs, PTA heads, etc. She’s not under-qualified, and with a J.D. she’s arguably one of the better qualified candidates.

            The article (due to laziness more than malice, one presumes) is proposing that she’s been appointed to a State-level bench without the commensurate experience because Pence is evil.

          • LesBontemps

            Nowhere does the article say or even hint she was appointed to a Superior Court position. It specifically says Hammond City Court.

            And she hasn’t been “appointed to an office routinely staffed by retired Police Chiefs, PTA heads, etc.” The Judge Pro Tempore she is replacing is a practicing lawyer; the judge before him (on the bench since 2001) was a practicing lawyer; and the judge before him (now actually on the Superior Court bench) was a lawyer. With a population of more than 80k, Hammond is not exactly a rural outpost where the village barber also serves as the judge and postmaster.

            The point of the article, one more time, is that Pence is perfectly happy to dole out government jobs to completely unqualified political lackeys, consequences to the office and the public be damned. And to do so without even notifying, let alone consulting, the actual governmental departments and personnel affected. And to declare it all a well-considered and judicious appointment of the highest caliber possible. It’s pretty much the definition of pissing on Hammond and telling them it’s a refreshing spring shower.

          • Alec Leamas

            We’re going to agree to disagree as to whether the appointee was categorically unqualified, and whether it’s an important or material issue.

          • LesBontemps

            BTW, there’s no requirement that a U.S. Supreme Court justice be a lawyer, either, so by your reasoning Amy Jorgensen is equally over-qualified to fill Scalia’s seat, too. (And maybe that’s the play here?)

          • Alec Leamas

            I don’t think so. Again, I’d be willing to bet that many or most City and Town Judges in Indiana are not law school graduates (see @$80,000 compensation). I reside in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the balance of our minor judiciary (Philadelphia Municipal Court and Magisterial District Justice Courts) are filled by non-lawyers; typically they are retired Police Chiefs, Constables, School Board Chairs, etc. Some, however, are lawyers. I just fail to see how this is a big deal, and yes I do believe that the article was at the very least unintentionally misleading.

            I don’t know about Indiana but here they go to “Judge school” for a few weeks to give them the basics of the limited docket that they manage.

          • thewendyb

            Alex, YOU MISS THE POINT. The point about her being hired as pay back. HER JOB IS A BRIBE. A BRIBE for her support, not her competence, potential actual or imaginary. THAT POINT.THE POINT OF THE ARTICLE.

          • Alec Leamas

            In which case the vast majority of the Federal Judiciary and State Judiciary are the product of bribes.

          • therblig

            we get it – indiana is a backwards shithole.

          • Alec Leamas

            Lots of other States have a similar system. Such backwards, out-of-the-way places as “New Jersey.”

          • Broad

            Like I said above, in Lake County, where I’ve lived my entire life and have worked for the last 21 years, I have NEVER come across a judge at ANY level that has not been a practicing attorney prior to their taking a judgeship, and I challenge you to find me one that wasn’t. Yes, I know, you keep saying they don’t need to be in the state. I want you to show me in Lake County where one wasn’t.

          • Alec Leamas

            Look, you’re apparently the author of “the original article.” You could very well have researched these matters before writing it – a good place to start would have been to pick up the phone and talk to a long practicing attorney in Indiana to ask about whether this is a big deal or not and where to find the statutory requisites to fill the office. You could probably also find data on the percentage of City and Town Judges who are practicing attorneys relative to those who aren’t. All of these things would have given some context and balance to the piece. I take it that you’re not an attorney yourself, so you probably don’t have much occasion to interact with all of the judges in Lake County, Indiana.

            Instead you’re policing a derivative piece on a blog challenging commenters to do the job that you should have done in the first place. Sad!

    • Constant Gardener

      The Hammond City Court is, in fact, a court of record. http://www.citycourt.org/

      • Alec Leamas

        That’s one step. Let’s see if you can complete the others!

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      I’m sorry… but how did you miss that this was about cronyism?

      You must be smrt.

      • Alec Leamas

        It’s arguably about cronyism if she’s appointed to be a real Judge, not if she’s been appointed to sit in a Court where the other Judges are routinely retired Police Chiefs and Tax Collectors.

    • Evan Grantham-Brown

      It’s probably too much to ask that Governor Pence hold his appointments to a higher standard than “Well, I wasn’t actually committing a crime by appointing this person.”

      • Alec Leamas

        My, my.

  • Panika MCD

    still looking into this, but I was surprised that a pro-tem judge would be replaced given that most places as red as IN elect their judges. I was half right: IN does elect their judges for the most part, but, for reasons passing understanding, the judge that serves St. John and Lake Cos. is appointed by the governor and stands for a retention election every 2 years (so much for having “a few years”). given that her predecessor has only been in since April and wasn’t on the ballot for retention this time around, I’m wondering if doing this was even legal.

    HOWEVER, whether or not one has practiced law isn’t the best measure of whether they are qualified for office. I still don’t think this lady is qualified to serve, but we do have a judge in Harris Co. TX who has never formally practiced law because SBOT rules prevent him from doing so due to a prior felony drug conviction (for the pot). this judge is a reformer–he doesn’t believe he was wrongfully convicted, but he does believe the sentence was excessive and there are many ways to assist in cleaning things up as a judge.

    still, the combination of corporate interests alone should bar her from the position and I would still like to know if what is being done here is illegal. 7 judges for the area were up for retention on the 2016 ballot, Kray was not one of them.

    • Broad

      Hey there — reporter on the original article, here. The judge Kray replaced, Harkin, won the election in 2015 to start his new term in 2016. He died in April, so Kray was appointed an interim judge by the Indiana Supreme Court. Pence then appointed Jorgensen to fulfill the term, which comes up for reelection in ’19.

      Now, as to whether or not what Pence did is illegal, according to HIS website, it says the governor appoints judges per Article 5, section 18, but when you go to the Indiana code for 2016, Article 5, Section 18 was “repealed by PL 7-1993, article 15. Ballotpedia, meanwhile, says City judges in Indiana are by election only, and without any immediate background as to who has appointment jurisdiction, it’s unclear, although the mayor said “there’s nothing they can do until ’19 for the election.” What I CAN tell you unequivocally as a lifelong Region Rat, however, is that in my 46 years, I have NEVER encountered a judge that was NOT a practicing attorney at x-point, be it private or prosecutor.

      • Panika MCD

        that’s pretty much as far as I got. he was supposed to appoint the judge, but SCOI did instead. I don’t know if that leaves open the option for him to appoint someone else, but it’s fishy–especially given that it’s an appointed judge who is not practicing. my example was an elected judge.

  • rick

    Welcome to Trump’s America:

    Mike Pence appointed a judge – a judge who has never even practiced law before. She ran “Sylvan Learning Centers.”

    • mailman27

      She’s probably not qualified to teach in an actual “school,” either.

    • cat cafe

      And, by the way, Sylvan Learning Centers themselves are dubious. Thehave become a lynchpin of the “privitization” movement. They were started, by an earnest, well meaning tutor, but were then sold, then acquired by entrepreneurs who are essentially trying to get people to pay for the education that the defunded public schools can no longer afford to provide, that is, finding a way to funnel taxpayer dollars into private pockets, as well as getting a piece of that sweet, sweet, testing moneys.

      Here’s some information about them, starting back in the 1990s:

      “Sylvan won a contract from the nonprofit Educational Testing Service which allowed for students to take a computerized version of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) at Sylvan Centers. ‘Before, we were just a tutoring firm. Now, we’re viewed more as partners by public educators,’ Becker told U.S. News and World Report.

      To further Sylvan’s push into public education, and effect a spirit of cooperation between Sylvan and public schools, the company initiated a program under which Sylvan centers or teachers were established in a few Baltimore public schools.

      Decker believed in his company’s ability to help students learn more and faster, and he also believed that his company could provide a service to the public schools for less than they were already spending on remediation programs.

      By 1994, Sylvan was providing programs and teachers for disadvantaged children in several school systems across the country: ten in Baltimore, four in the District of Columbia, and more in Pasadena, Texas. By 1995, the company was serving more than 4,000 students in 38 schools in the three cities and had also moved into St. Paul, Minnesota, where it tutored about 750 students. ‘Because Sylvan is not trying to take over public schools outright, teachers unions and other privatization critics have been more receptive to its role,’ a 1995 Education Week article stated.”

  • Alec Leamas

    City/Town Courts
    City and town courts may be created by local ordinance (local law). Currently there are forty-seven city courts and twenty-eight town courts in Indiana. Plainfield, Avon, Carmel, and Jamestown are just a few examples of cities and towns that have city/town courts. City and town courts handle minor offenses such as violations of city ordinances (laws), misdemeanors, and infractions. These courts commonly handle traffic matters. City and town courts are not courts of record, so appeals from city and town courts go to the circuit or superior courts and are decided as if they have never been to court before. Did you know that with some exceptions, the city and town
    court judges are not required to be attorneys?

    http://www.in.gov/judiciary/2674.htm

    90 seconds of what is called “fact checking.”

    • City and town courts may be created by local ordinance (local law).
      Pence is a Governor. Not local ordinance.
      Not to mention, not required to be attorneys is NOT the same as has no practice in law. But you knew that.
      Nice checking there, sparkles!

      • Alec Leamas

        Municipalities are creatures of the State.

        not required to be attorneys is NOT the same as has no practice in law.

        I think you’re in a pretzel of your own making here.

        • Naw, just pointing out how you are full of shit.
          For example: Local ordinance is NOT state governance.
          Also, from your own source

          These courts commonly handle traffic matters. City and town courts are not courts of record, so appeals from city and town courts go to the circuit or superior courts and are decided as if they have never been to court before

          This woman was appointed as a judge. Not as a town court to handle traffic tickets ;)
          Do more “Fact” checking! It is fun!

          • Alec Leamas

            My God you are a silly goose.

            She’s a Judge not a court in herself. That’s your argument, yes?

          • Ah no, my argument that your argument that because Indiana allows local traffic courts than this woman must be qualified to be appointed a judge, despite her lack of skill, is both laughable and pathetic.
            Especially considering that the piece did not say she was not allowed under Indiana Law: The article said pretty much that it is a stupid thing to name your buddy buds to such positions because they are your buddies. That is what is called Cronyism. Get used to that! We’re going to be seeing a lot of it in the next few years.

          • Alec Leamas

            I think you’re confusing yourself now.

    • Constant Gardener

      Did you happen to read Hammond’s own court website? It provides that the Hammond City Court is a court of record and handles civil matters where the amount claimed is less than $30,000.

      “The City Court is a court of record that processes civil, criminal, traffic, and juvenile matters. It is the goal of the court to provide the citizens of the Seventh Ward with efficient and convenient access to justice.

      The City Court Divisions:

      Civil:
      City Court presides over cases when a civil lawsuit is filed wherein the damages or amount sued for does not exceed $30,000.00.”

      • But but but TRAFFIC COURT

        • Constant Gardener

          I’ve twice had cases in the inferior courts. Arguing to a non-lawyer is essentially like arguing before a baby. It’s a great disservice to justice when the judge isn’t trained. And, law school isn’t training.

          • Alec Leamas

            Let’s you and she take this matter up with the Indiana legislature.

        • roberteye

          When do we get to block this troll, or would that be too rude? As soon as they start throwing around “leftist judges” in reference to RGB, then the game is up. If Trump (or apparently Pence) shot somebody on 5th Avenue, I’m positive he would STILL vote for him – as Trump suggested- because “ideology” trumps everything.

      • LesBontemps

        Pssst … that’s a different Hammond.

        • Constant Gardener

          Oh God, really? Now I can’t find the page. Found it. Hammond Louisiana. Napoleonic code.

          Thanks, my bad. Shouldn’t comment after flying.

          • Alec Leamas

            No need. You’ve already done more fact checking than the author.

      • Alec Leamas

        That’s great!

    • mailman27

      9,000 comments by Alec Leamas. is what’s called “time wasting.” *see comments below* *ad infinitum*

      • Alec Leamas

        I believe that my efforts, while likely in van, qualify as the fulfillment of my duties under the second of the Spiritual Works of Mercy.

        • shivaskeeper

          And you fail there too, since I see nothing about instructing the “ignorant” about the Catholic faith.

          • Alec Leamas

            No.

          • shivaskeeper

            Good, simple answer. But wrong. Again, please explain how anything you said here today in any way helps instruct anyone here on the tenants of the Catholic faith. As per the second rule of the spiritual works of mercy you invoked? And please be specific.

          • Alec Leamas

            You may be unaware but I don’t perform tricks for simpletons. I do, however, educate the ignorant. You are, perhaps, equal parts insolent and ignorant – hence our problem.

          • shivaskeeper

            Wrong again. I asked you for clarity in the form of specific arguments. You then went on to claim something you did not in fact do by invoking an article of your faith having no bearing on anything other than instructing others about your faith. Since, you know, the spiritual works of mercy are generally considered a Catholic thing. I will go out on a limb and assume you did that because you thought it was be a sick burn to call someone else ignorant, but with more prose. And now you’re moving on to ad hominim statements.

            So I will repeat my request. Specific statements regarding how anything in the article about cronyism and the lack of any sort of qualification is in any way wrong.

          • Alec Leamas

            I’ve written in a hundred different ways that the woman is de facto qualified for a judicial office that does not require that the occupant be a lawyer by virtue of her successful completion of a course of study to acquire her J.D. The End.

            N.B. The second Spiritual Work of Mercy is not confined to instruction in the Faith. You may need better Google-Fu.

          • shivaskeeper

            Which still misses the whole point about how it’s cronyism.

            So once again, what is your specific argument against the meat of the story that this is cronyism? You have yet to answer. You have also yet to answer how YOU think she is any way qualified to do the job.

            And yes, your spiritual works are pretty specifically about instructing others on your faith. So again, I figure you were trying to get in a burn but wanted to go with something more verbose than, “I’m schooling your ignorant ass.”

            So specific arguments against cronyism?

          • thewendyb

            He. Can’t. Answer.

          • shivaskeeper

            I know. Can’t or won’t. Either way, I expect a better class of trolling. Be prepared to show your work.

          • Alec Leamas

            Political appointees are politically involved people. Shock at gambling in Rick’s Cafe. Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

          • shivaskeeper

            So let me see if I understand your argument. This judgeship is a political appointment, so cronyism is OK in selecting this judge. Please correct me if I’m misunderstanding you, because it seems like you have no actual argument.

          • Alec Leamas

            There’s no Ye Great Olde Booke of The Best Municipal Judge Appointees in order of best-ness.

            People who get appointed to offices tend to, at the least, be politically involved. This includes such great leftist judicial delights as “The Notorious RBG” and Sonia Sodatomato.

            It’s the way the world works – Republican, Democrat, left, right. No matter. Your pearl clutching about an office where every party litigant literally gets a do-over from scratch if she somehow screws up a $600 landlord/tenant case is beyond silly.

            Let me say this a different way – the lawyers who would clamor for an $80,000 per year job that they have to run every 2 years to keep are not going to be junior Clarence Darrows and Daniel Websters. Her J.D. is likely a greater qualification than most municipal Court Judges in Indiana.

          • shivaskeeper

            We’re not talking about standard political appointments here. Definitely not talking about Supreme Court justices who have to be vetted by Congress. We’re talking about how in this specific case Pence appointed someone as a judge purely by cronyism. Trying to move the goalposts to a more general statement will not work.

            I asked you for YOUR specific argument refuting that this is cronyism. You have so far declined to do it. You have moved the goalposts again, you have brought your religion into the this for no real reason other than to insult. You have also tried to engage in ad hominim attacks.

            None of those are actual arguments in defense of your statements. I’m pretty sure at this point you don’t actually have a defense against the charge or cronyism, which again, was the meat of the article.

            You came here with the charges, you need to be the one with the evidence. Again, take all the time you need.

          • Alec Leamas

            No, the charges are made by the author. Get a hobby.

          • shivaskeeper

            See you moved the goalpost again. You are the one who came here complaining the author maybe made you slightly confused so the article was without merit. The article was about how this appointment in particular was pretty much the definition of cronyism. In that fact you are correct.

            But you have since gone on and claimed that it can’t be cronyism because the way the law is written anybody off the street can, and if fact has, done the job. But in this case where it just happens to be a major political supporter with no real qualifications other than being a carbon based life form it’s not cronyism because… reasons.

            You tried to troll and so far it’s not working out for you. You have yet to show how the charge of cronyism is wrong. All I’m asking for is YOUR evidence to back up YOUR claim that this isn’t cronyism.

          • Alec Leamas

            Look, you’re obviously engaged in some elaborate public form of self-pleasuring. I don’t think you need me here to participate, and without being too insulting I would add that I really don’t want to be a party to it for my own reasons.

          • shivaskeeper

            Look jackass, I’ve been nice to you so far. All I did was ask you for some sort of coherent argument from you to back up what you said. You think you can come in to a comment section and be a passive/aggressive shithead then make some grand statements without backing any of it up? No, not fine by me.

            However You have yet to even prove that you have thought you comments through, let alone provide proof to back up your claims.

            So here’s some free advice for you.

            Next time you feel like putting your dick beaters to the keyboard to show how the liberals are, what was you called me? An ignorant, insolent, simpleton? You might want to reconsider, since you got nothing. You making a statement does not make said statement true. So piss off you little syphilitic weasel.

          • Alec Leamas

            This is fixin’ to be a long eight years for you, Bucko.

          • shivaskeeper

            I was hoping you were being honest when you said you were done Sonny Jim. You did say you were done so why are you back?

            Take some of that time to think of an answer about the cronyism? Probably not. Since you still have nothing more than a semi well rehearsed talking point and a bunch of copy-pasta.

          • Alec Leamas

            Sonny Jim? What’s next, are you going to take away my penny candy and funny papers? Go to bed, old man. It’s a more respectable place to engage in your self-abuse.

          • shivaskeeper

            And here you are again. If I’m self abusing here, which you should have figured out about 10 posts before you did bright boy, what the fuck are you doing coming back? If you’re going to be done, then be done, go away back to your hole and don’t keep coming back. Please.

            You never did answer the questions. You never got past your semi-crafted talking point. You. Have. Nothing. You are nothing. Just one more little pissant that will be crying because he didn’t get the last word. So look, child, I’ll ask you nicely one more time.

            Do you have any reasoned argument to back up any of your earlier assertions?

          • roberteye

            And it’s Sotomayor, rightist.

          • Alec Leamas

            I’m pretty sure I had it right the first time.

          • alpacapunchbowl

            The fact that she is not legally barred from sitting as a judge does not mean she’s even remotely qualified. Don’t accuse others of being ignorant when you have no concept of how logic works.

          • Alec Leamas

            Logic. This word doesn’t mean what you think it means.

            Again, these seats are commonly filled by retired police chiefs, mayors, supervisors, candlestick makers, etc.

          • alpacapunchbowl

            Name me one candlestick maker who’s done this job. Any retired police chief, mayor or supervisor would be infinitely more qualified than this woman since they have actually held positions in which to some extent they interpreted and applied the law. So with that statement you’ve actually undermined whatever argument you are trying to make.
            I am done with this exchange because for one thing you are boring, and secondly, you have been repeating the same nonsense all afternoon. This leads me to suspect that you are profoundly unwell, and I don’t believe in mocking those who are physically, mentally or psychologically challenged.

          • Alec Leamas

            1) No. 2) They enforce and make law, not interpret it. 3) No, again. 4) Have fun doing . . . whatever you do. 5) You don’t mock, you are yourself a mockery.

          • roberteye

            Sooner or later, it gets to the F.U. haha.

          • Alec Leamas

            Try again in English this time.

          • Nasty_ahughes798_woman

            tenets.

          • shivaskeeper

            Damn autocorrect..

          • Nasty_ahughes798_woman

            Bites me all the time! Ha!

        • alpacapunchbowl

          Let me guess, your van has no windows and you spray painted “free kandee” on the side?

    • shivaskeeper

      So what is your argument that she’ll make a good judge at any level? Your argument seems to be that you can use google gooder than the Editrix and you really like minor semantic arguments to help move your goalposts, but that’s it.

      So again, what is your argument that this is not cronyism and how will she be a competent judge? Or am I asking you too much?

      ETA: clarity. You can google gooder, but still missed the whole point about cronyism.

      • Alec Leamas

        No, I’ve shown that the article is perhaps unintentionally misleading since the premise is that she’s filling a State Court level seat on the bench, when in fact she’s filling a seat routinely populated by non-lawyers. Many states have an equivalent minor Court system. In other words, much ado in a teapot.

        • shivaskeeper

          No. Your reading comprehension might need a tune up. The meat of the article is about cronyism.

        • shivaskeeper

          So again, how is this not cronyism, and how will she even be marginally competent?

        • shivaskeeper

          Take all the time you need.

        • Fun with Cthulhu

          Boring troll is boring.

          • Alec Leamas

            I’m not sure the title of your autobiography is an apt response.

    • Kooolest G

      I spent about 90 seconds googling the people who preceded the new “judge”
      Judge Kray is a life-long resident of Hammond and practices out of his Griffith law office.
      In 2001, after a few years in private practice, Jeffrey A. Harkin was appointed to the office of city judge for Hammond, Indiana
      Thomas Stefaniak worked as a deputy county prosecutor from 1990 until his election as Hammond City Court judge in 1995

      should I go back even farther? I have another 90 seconds.

      • Alec Leamas

        You’re not providing any information that demonstrates that the appointee is unqualified – merely that her predecessor may have been more qualified.

        • Kooolest G

          apparently putting people in to jobs that they have absolutely no experience doing is all the rage lately, maybe pence should appoint his horse to the senate

          • Alec Leamas

            Yes. It’s been a long eight years.

    • roberteye

      Well that makes me feel so fucking much better. The point here is COMMON SENSE not whether it’s strictly legal. Suck on your fact checking

      • Alec Leamas

        Muh COMMON SNENSE!

        • roberteye

          Take some comedy lessons in between bundt meetings

          • Alec Leamas

            Take some comedy lessons in between bundt [sic] meetings

            You can’t even call people NAZIs competently. Bundt is a cake. Bund is a German NAZI Federation.

          • unclejeems

            OK, then, take comedy lessons between your German Nazi Federation meetings. That should work.

  • MeerkatsRMammals

    They haven’t even been sworn in yet & it’s cronyism at it’s finest at all levels. How is Mike Pence still “governing” Indiana if he’s so busy being VP-elect? I spent 6 months as a legal secretary for an insanely shady (disbarred right after I left) attorney. I do believe that gives ME more experience to be a judge than this lady! She gets to be judge cuz she ran the campaign stuff? This is insane! These men are gonna pick a Supreme Court Justice!!! People were joking about Gary Busey, but after reading this…they might be right!

    • Kooolest G

      ommm slight correction, “people” weren’t “joking” about gary busey the trump campaign was using busey to extort money out of donors

      “Donald Trump’s top fundraiser, Anthony Scaramucci, shaking down Romney donors:

      Let me ask you one other question,” he said. “What if he wins?”

      “Do you want Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs to be the secretary of state and Gary Busey to be on the Supreme Court?”

      This, Scaramucci suggested, is what Republicans can expect if they don’t get on the Trump Train now.”

      • MeerkatsRMammals

        Oh Jeebus! That’s even worse than I thought! Much of Trump’s campaign came off as a joke… I honestly thought this was a joke too. Thanks for the (frightening) correction.

  • HolidayinCambodia

    Okay, so this makes it not look so good for that supreme court appointment for my wife. Maybe she SHOULD have represented him when he called about that Cruz thing.

  • CAPITOLHILLROSE

    And so it begins>OMG

  • obadiahorthodox

    I’m just gonna watch Swedish Nympho Slaves on Youtube. https://youtu.be/o0OcWSPqGrE

    • thewendyb

      No way is that Sweden.

    • therblig

      are there english subtitles? some of us care about plot and dialogue.

    • Ducksworthy

      You know, I admired Jesse Ventura for his skill in combining politics and sports but that is nothing compared to our new Alien Overlord’s ability to combine politics and porn. ISIS, give it up. You haven’t got a chance.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Rex Non Potest Peccare.

  • Aileen

    If nothing else, we should get some really good literature out of this new era of cronyism, graft and corruption.

    • dshwa

      “The precipitous decline of America as a superpower began on a dark and stormy night, when America’s first minority President made fun of a rich millionaire on live TV.”

    • Paperless Tiger

      It was the worst of times and I ain’t kidding.

  • Swampgas_Man

    Hey, she binge-watched Judge Judy AND Law&Order, what more do you want?

    • Daru Titor

      Judge Mathis… and Mike Judge

      • roberteye

        Judge Reinhold?

        • Rabbit_Rebozo

          Judge Dredd.

          • LesBontemps

            I understand she’s a big fan of Jude Law.

    • laineypc

      prolly not even that.

  • Daru Titor

    “Jorgensen said in an email that she’s “very thankful and humbled to have
    been chosen by Vice President-Elect Governor Pence” and that she “was
    appointed because she was the best candidate, without regard to
    political support.””

    She really believes she’s the possible choice, doesn’t she?*

    *Aside from someone currently practicing law

    • ObscurePopCultureReference

      In Indiana, City Court judges don’t even have to have a law degree. Really, they don’t. But, they mostly handle traffic court and lower level matters. No major crimes or civil cases will be under her jurisdiction.

      • clairence

        that is an important detail.

  • Mavenmaven

    You know who else isn’t qualified for a job he is about to start?

    • Saxo the Grammarian

      Tim Tebow?

    • thixotropic jerk

      Ben “Sir-Sleeps-A-Lot” Carson?

      • KenTFM

        Hey! Doc McStabbins grew up poor and slept at a Holiday Inn once… so, qualified

    • therblig

      obama – all he knows how to do is be president.

    • mrpuma2u

      Some real-estate huckster from Queens that used to exclude blahs from living in his dad’s apartments?

  • laineypc

    In my Unitarian Universalist church on Sunday we were treated to a lesson on thankfulness by one of our members, who was wrongly imprisoned in Nicaragua for two years. All the things that happened to him were wrong and horrible, and as I related the main points of the story to my kids, I explained his judge was not qualified to be a judge, they weren’t a lawyer. I told the kids that something like that would never happen in this country, that Americans wouldn’t stand for it such a terrible thing as an unqualified judge.

    • mardam422

      You’re going to hell, lying to your kids like that.

    • KenTFM

      Moral of the story: don’t talk to your kids :p

  • Saxo the Grammarian

    Anyone remember when George W. Bush nominated Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court? Good times, good times. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/198f4b80100052d87eb4e58dfa82a1bbad16f87b11a434c99e1b14276ef6a4a4.jpg

  • dshwa

    She sounds like Supreme Court material. (Sobs)

  • Parakeetist

    I can make paper airplanes. Am I qualified too?

  • nick kelly

    It shows contempt for the law. Would he appoint her to be a surgeon?

    • Old Man Yells at Cloud

      Yes, he would for women patients.

  • The Librarian

    A judge who doesn’t know how to judge. What does the Indiana State Bar Association think?

  • Relativicus

    “I just don’t understand how a person with no qualifications for the job stands there and, without shame, takes the oath of office.”

    After reading, I was at a loss for a comment so I zipped to the future and copy/pasted a comment of mine from one of your 1/21/17 posts (it’s a good one, you’re funny).

  • Old Man Yells at Cloud

    The appeals court should send a judge to sit in the back of the courtroom and when she makes a ruling shake their head when it will obviously be overturned on appeal so she can quickly change her ruling.

  • xy

    it’s nice to see that the country is dying even faster than i thought. less of those painful death throes that way.

  • got2be

    I graduated from law school with Amy Jorgenon’s husband, Christian. He is a member of the St. John city council in Indiana, and practices law in close-by Chicago, Illinois. I’m still researching whether Amy was in our graduating class and if I know her. I haven’t practiced law, either, and I’ve been working all these years. Can I be a judge, too? Please?

  • At the crossroads, stay strong

    That just goes along with whole ‘theme’ of change. Are you qualified to hold the position that’s open? Ah, too bad. We want people who don’t know shit about what the job entails. All you need is to believe in the new way of fucking up doing things as our Dear Leader and his cronies and sycophants advisors wish. It will all burn down ever so much faster.

  • clairence

    It’s just practice for SCOTUS nominations.
    Unless there was some sort of affair because, “Let’s just keep this secret.. oh, hey how ’bout I make you a judge?”

  • Msgr_Moment

    Vice President-elect Mike Pence (who is still governor of Indiana,…

    That’s a good one. Next thing, you’ll be telling us that Chris Christie is still governor of New Jersey.

    • Vagenda and Tiara

      Or that Marco Rubio is a senator from Florida, who never bothered to do his job, and the numbnuts from Florida re-elected him, even though he’s lazy, dumb, and has some sort of hydration problem.

      • Mehmeisterjr

        And 17 tickets for reckless driving.

        • Vagenda and Tiara

          Holy crap! Really?

  • mardam422

    Why hasn’t Caribou Barbie been appointed to anything yet?

    • Mahousu

      She would have been, but she’s developed a severe work allergy, so it’s medically contraindicated.

    • Serolf Divad

      What appointed position involves a two year term of office?

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Because even Putin has some minimal standards.

      • Mehmeisterjr

        He can see Palin from his porch.

  • Serolf Divad

    And in other news, Pence will be having his apendectomy performed by a dentist.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      A dentist? Overqualified!

      Somebody who attended dental school but dropped out and sold time-shares by telephone.

      • kbbaldwin2

        How about Rand Paul. He is board certificated.

  • Serolf Divad

    To be fair, Judge Kray talks like a fag, and Jorgensen doesn’t.

  • Jado

    If i were a defense lawyer i would salivate at the idea of having her as the judge – it’s an appeal just waiting to happen in the event the defense fails to acquit

  • texasace00

    Got to hand it to Republicans, their base is not hard to please nor the brightest bunch. Do a shitty job, hell, don’t even show up, blame the liberals and boom, you are a Conservative political dynamo. A couple talks with Jeebus every week to affirm your righteousness and you are good to go…

  • Alan

    I couldn’t believe this so I checked Indiana law:

    Judges of the city courts are elected to the court. The elections for this court are partisan contested elections. To serve on this court, a judge must be a city resident. Some cities also require that judges be attorneys.

    Some cities require that judges be attorneys? WTF?

  • Joseph Stans

    Is tehr a course on the net you can take on how to be a judge? Given the penchant for conservativds appointing anyone waling by it might be importan to be rady for an appointment.

    • jinxyjinx

      Well, the president elect is a reality show “star,” so I guess anything is possible these days, unfortunately.

  • jinxyjinx

    Translation: “I’m not a real judge, but I’ll be playing one on some sort of The Donald reality tv show.” Also, I’m surprised that Pence allowed a uterus haver to have any sort of position of power. I’m still waiting for someone to pop up and tell us all that “Surprise! You’re on Candid Camera!”

  • Halsey Taylor
  • mary5920

    Pence’s Smarm school training is paying off for him. The important smirk of righteousness decrees that he do a lot more damage in Indiana before beginning any national carnage.

  • Culture Club Warrior

    All of this swamp draining is making me dizzy.

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