Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Judge Pro Marc Victor Kicked Off Bench


Judge Pro Tem Kicked Off Bench
By Gary Grado, Tribune
A Chandler attorney was kicked off the bench Thursday an hour into his first shift as a judge after he announced in writing that he would disqualify himself from all drug cases because drug laws conflict with his libertarian principles.
By the end of the day, the Arizona Supreme Court's chief justice stripped Marc Victor of his authority to work as a judge pro tem, which are attorneys who serve for free as temporary judges.
"I was pretty shocked," said Victor, 34, a criminal law defense attorney who also serves on the legal committee for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, also known as NORML. "Either you take a certain philosophical position or you can't be a judge."
Read more here: http://www.november.org/dissentingopinions/Victor.html

2 comments:

Brian in Mpls said...

On what grounds? They let people sit on the bench who have opinions on abortion I don't see why this should be any different?

blindman said...

Good point Brian. I guess it's because Marc actually refused to hear drug cases. It seems they would rather have judges that let their opinions get in the way of their judgement than one that recused himself on those grounds.