Bar Wants Your Input on Judgeship

A forum was held by the local bar association on Thursday night for the seven candidates for Judge Paul Peatross’ judicial seat, once he retires (NBC 29, CBS 19, Daily Progress). The bar is going to be making recommendations to the General Assembly in a month’s time, and they’re looking for public input.

NBC’s Paul Merrill has a nice little touch added to his piece about this: contact information for the point man for that public input. You can reach him, Donald Morin, at 123 East Main St., Seventh Floor, 22902, or by e-mail at drmorin@morinandbarkley.com. If you feel strongly who should (or should not) get this judgeship, he’s the man to let know about that.

14 Responses to “Bar Wants Your Input on Judgeship”


  • First of all, no one cares about the VDOT issue. The past month this thing should have been called VDOTBLOG.COM.

    Now to this issue. Downer is the most qualified person for the job, hands down. He is a lefty which kills Bell. Zug is out, Camblos is an idiot. Worrell has an inside shot as he is a black Republican and he and Bell apparantly have a histoy. Now that leaves Mrs. Higgins who fits the bill. She is slightly right, has a history as a prosecutor and a civil attorney, a mother, husband is a cop and a nice person.

    So here is my prediction. If most qualified means anything, it is Bob Downer, if he is too left Higgins is slightly more connected than Worrell and she will be the first woman to sit on the Circit Court here.

  • sorry for the spelling, had to rush to put the kids to bed

  • First of all, no one cares about the VDOT issue. The past month this thing should have been called VDOTBLOG.COM.

    It was the top headline on the front page of yesterday’s Progress and the news has been covered by every print, radio and TV outlet in town. Clearly it’s been judged to be a topic of importance by more experienced folks than I. The four blog entries on the topic received 25 comments, and one of them just went up late last night; few comments are posted on the weekend. I think what you mean is that you don’t care about it, which is fine. But I think you’d change your mind once your road didn’t get plowed. :)

  • Well if you think that VDOT actually plows roads you have missed the point of the postings or at least what his going on within VDOT. The have gotten out of the plowing business and sub contracted all of the plowing to every farmer, truck driver or person who has the ability to strap a plow on his or her vehicle. Truth is, if you want your road plowed first, find out the subs name who has your neighborhood and slip him a 20.

  • Well if you think that VDOT actually plows roads you have missed the point of the postings or at least what his going on within VDOT.

    That is not widely the case now — and it’s not the case in our area — but that is the point of what’s going on now. VDOT’s goal is to start outsourcing. The work in western Albemarle is done by VDOT employees. You can read the press release to learn more about this.

  • iknowcville —
    I don’t know anything about this judgeship but what’s been in the papers, so I’m curious about your assessment. I’ve seen Downer in court for a few different matters (supporting friends, contesting a parking ticket) and I was pretty unimpressed by him. he seems to like to hear himself talk. What makes him so qualified? And if worrell and bell have some link, how is ms higgins more ‘connected?’ are you sure worrell is a republican? I assume folks working in the city are democrats, but maybe that’s my mistake.

  • I’d certainly like to hear more assessments of these candidates from folks who are familiar with them. I know very little about any of them, other than Camblos. Some of these names I’ve never heard before, but that says more about me than it does about those candidates, I suspect.

  • Not Chamblos! His history should be a red flag… I vaguely recall some rather weird things concerning him and court rooms.

  • Albemarle VDOT Facility Spared
    December 15th, 2006 by Waldo Jaquith
    Posted in Politics, Transportation | No Comments »

    We are on the edges of our seats………
    BTW that little smile you make :) reminds me of Mark Folley

  • Sorry, I mean Rep. Foley (Rep) FL.

  • Uh. Did you just compare me to the nation’s most reviled child molester because I used the single most common internet shorthand, employed by millions of people?

  • Isn’t this something about a state law forcing VDOT to contract out the plowing of the interstates? Free Union is pretty far from I-64.

  • no one cares about the VDOT issue — iknewcville

    I do, and I’m not even serving on the MPO.

    BTW that little smile you make :) reminds me of Mark Folley — iknewcville

    Uh. Did you just compare me to the nation’s most reviled child molester because I used the single most common internet shorthand, employed by millions of people? — Waldo

    It could be that ikc was a recipient of Foley’s e-mails and thus feels personally violated and disgusted due to the ex-Rep’s overuse of smileys.

    Or it could be a repugnant ad hominem attack.

    [$20 sez it’s the latter.]

  • Sorry TL, just my luck to come across the only humorless blog on the web..

    Word is the Bar is going to wimp out again and not pick one candidate but rather present a list of those they find highly qualified and pass that along to Bell for review. Keep in mind that J Camblos was rated highly qualified last time. It would be hard to keep him off the list this time. NOTE. JC was found not highly qualifed for the General District Court judgeship Downer got but when Hogshire was appointed JC was highly qualifed, well at least the Bar said he was

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