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Virginia coin flip judge removed

November 3, 2007 @ 9:21am

This story reinforces the theory that only psychos want to be judges for a living. "All baseball pitchers are Type-A personalities and all judges are sadists." I think Groucho Marx said that. Or maybe it was Albert Einstein. I get them confused all the time. It could have been Walt Disney. What were we talking about again?

Anyway, here's some of the story from the AP:

A judge who ordered a woman to drop her pants and decided a custody dispute by flipping a coin was removed from the bench by the Virginia Supreme Court on Friday.

According to the court, Shull admitted tossing a coin to determine which parent would have visitation with a child on Christmas. Shull said he was trying to encourage the parents to decide the issue themselves but later acknowledged that he was wrong.

Later on they give details on his treatment of a woman who had a stab wound in her leg. She had a history of mental problems and Shull insisted on seeing the wound in-person.

The woman dropped her pants once to display the wound, then dropped them a second time after Shull left the bench for a closer look to determine whether the woman had received stitches.

A court bailiff testified before the commission that after the hearing, he asked Shull, "Did you see what that lady had on?" According to the bailiff, Shull replied: "Yeah, a black lacy thing ... it looked good, didn't it?"

The justices could have merely censured Shull, but they noted that he had appeared before the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission in 2004 for allegedly calling a teenager a "mama's boy" and a "wuss" and advising a woman to marry her abusive boyfriend. That complaint was dismissed with an admonition to Shull to chalk it up as a learning experience.

The only judge I trust is Judge Reinhold, who coincidentally was also from Virginia. Go figure.

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