You know you have to just love Andrew Wolfson sometimes at the CJ. Really he is one of the last guys that actually still does some investigative work. I appreciate it many times like this past Sunday's edition for example.
Wolfson did a piece on Judge Barry Willett and the inefficiency of his court. A very solid piece of investigative reporting in my opinion and you can read it here: Jefferson Co. judge can't explain chronic delays courier-journal.com The Courier-Journal#pluckcomments#pluckcomments.
It seems Judge Willett is the slowest of all Judges and he seems incapable of ruling in a timely manner on cases before his court. While he admits he is guilty as charged per se I find a couple of things fascinating.
One thing that comes to mind involves a case I have been following for over a year that involves the plight of the Morrises and their right to hold weddings on their property. Of course their next door neighbor just happens to be Jim King who swears he has no personal interests in this case and is only acting on behalf of complaints from other neighbors. You can read one of the stories here: Louisville News and Politics: Jim King vs. the Morrises: Power run amok
By now we know how Jim King plays the game and I have spoken with many people who know him personally and they all assure me he is no saint lol. But I digress.
In this particular situation I found it interesting that the City of Louisville brought about a temporary restraining order lawsuit against the Morrises and Jim King.
Guess who the Judge is?
Why none other than Judge Barry Willett. Seems he has been to busy to follow the 90 day guideline in his court for other, I would assume more important cases such as murder etc as evidenced in the Courier article, yet had plenty of time to involve himself in this idiocy.
In the article it states the procedures to be followed and of course mentions the Judicial Conduct Commission, or JCC, as one of the ones to be notified. Like that is a real organization that does anything in my opinion. But I digress.
In short, what does it take to be a Judge these days and how do we hold them accountable? A closed system that allows no oversight or transparency and this is what we get. Sorry folks Judge Willett is just the tip of the iceberg in some ways in a system that is flawed and has no to very little accountability.
But it does beg the question doesn't it? What is Judge Willett more concerned about? Life and death situations or perhaps what could be conceived as frivolous matters at this point in his court.
I do not know Judge Willett personally but I do find the article alarming if tis is indicative of what we perceive as "Justice" in our courts. I also find it interesting that King's name is popping up yet again when others cannot seem to get swift justice.
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