Tuesday, February 1, 2011

NEW TIMES: Political judge had 'personal bias' against term limits

As noted in an earlier post, Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips couldn't resist mocking the idea of term limits in her Nov. 2, 2010, written decision to shoot down Broward County commissioner term limits.

"Term limits are available at this time, each election and the voters have the undeniable right, pursuant to the Constitution, to re-elect or vote them out or, as seen recently in the county, by indictment."

To this, New Times' Bob Norman responded: "Not very objective there, Judge Phillips. It's clear from these fallacious words alone she has a personal bias against term limits. Voting and term limits aren't one and the same. Ask George Washington about that. Also, she's obviously wrong to say that voters have a say over indictments -- that's federal and state prosecutors' jurisdiction."

He goes on: "This is a clear victory for attorney Bill Scherer and maybe for John Rodstrom, who was term-limited in 2012 and is the guy truly behind the lawsuit."

Broward County Commissioner John Rodstrom, his friend and political ally attorney Bill Scherer, term-limited former Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle and his wife, Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips, are all fixtures in Broward County politics. Naturally, they could be expected to oppose term limits and, unfortunately, had the power to overturn the clearly expressed will of 80 percent of Broward voters.

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