Watching CNN can sometimes incite one to hate society, and even some things that happen within our government, including our justice system. Even when you weigh all the matters as any rational person, you sometimes have to sit in wonder at what is allowed in our country.
Judges shouldn't be bought, or accept gifts--in general, it's a bad practice that leads to compromising our very foundations of society, tainting what we believe about ourselves and each other.
Yesterday afternoon I watched as CNN broke news that BP is 'requesting' a certain judge, in a certain oil-state in the US, who has previously presided over trials where the outcome was favorable for one of his biggest constituents, a corporation that won a $3 million dollar decision by his hand, or at least on of his hands, while his other hand was busy receiving gifts from that same corporation totaling over $50,000 (and that's only what was found so far).
By evening, CNN had put together this report online, complete with proof and more info proving that BP has no right to ask us for any judge--they'll get what they deserve, not what they want, or think they deserve. Entitlement is dangerous enough in America among teens; to allow it inroads into the operations of our judgeships is patently wrong, and self-destructive.
I've always thought that the major prerequisites of becoming a judge are that the candidate be above and beyond reproach, show no political favoritism, practice good judgment, and able to show compassion and mercy on the poor and unfortunate, no matter what their background, affiliation, or resources.
It is important that any trial for BP be held in Louisiana--this is far different from Katrina, which was, by New Orleans Mayor Nagin's own admission, 'an act of God' [but he said something a little different, if you remember....wow], and certainly different from 9/11, which is almost 'untryable', it remains such a notorious crime against humanity...this one needs to stay in LA, and definitely out of oil territory.
You gotta love TX for what it's worth, but that trial needs to remain within the legal region it affected.
I compare this to any small town alcoholic opining on his favorite judge, who inevitably shares his problem, so that poor town drunk will be a chronic soul-mate of his 'judge', maybe even joined by that judge eventually.
We don't need to subject any of our territories to an ultimate, long-term mistrial, then be forced to watch the proceedings on the media of choice, while the entire gulf will obviously never recover from this, not in our lifetimes...think about that.