JUDGES GONE ROUGUE

Thousands of U.S. judges who broke laws,oaths remained on the bench

JUDGES GONE ROUGUE

THERE IS NO DOWN SIDE TO THE JUDGES PERSONAL FEELING BEING APPLIED

Judge Les Hayes once sentenced a single mother to 496 days behind bars for failing to pay traffic tickets.

The sentence was so stiff it exceeded the jail time Alabama allows for negligent homicide.

Marquita Johnson, who was locked up in April 2012, says the impact of her time in jail endures today.

Johnson’s three children were cast into foster care while she was incarcerated.

One daughter was molested, state records show. Another was physically abused.

JUDGES GONE ROUGUE ON AND OFF THE BENCH

JUDGES GONE ROUGUE ON AND OFF THE BENCH

“Judge Hayes took away my life and didn’t care how my children suffered,” said Johnson, now 36. “My girls will never be the same.”

Fellow inmates found her sentence hard to believe. “They had a nickname for me: The Woman with All the Days,”

Johnson said. “That’s what they called me: The Woman with All the Days.

There were people who had committed real crimes who got out before me.”

JUDGES GONE ROUGUE ON AND OFF THE BENCH

In 2016, the state agency that oversees judges charged Hayes with violating Alabama’s code of judicial conduct.

According to the Judicial Inquiry Commission, Hayes broke state and federal laws by jailing Johnson and hundreds of other Montgomery residents too poor to pay fines.

Among those jailed: a plumber struggling to make rent, a mother who skipped meals to cover the medical bills of her disabled son, and a hotel housekeeper working her way through college.

Hayes, a judge since 2000, admitted in court documents to violating 10 different parts of the state’s judicial conduct code.

One of the counts was a breach of a judge’s most essential duty: failing to “respect and comply with the law.”


Despite the severity of the ruling, Hayes wasn’t barred from serving as a judge. Instead……

DAWG SAYS: IT SEEMS ANYMORE THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE TO THE JUDGES PERSONAL FEELINGS BEING APPLIED.

AS I SAW MANY TIMES IN THE 3 ½ YEARS I FOLLOWED THE CARSON CASE.


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