Jul 31 2008

Blount Today had excerpts of a public letter from Judge Mike Meares to David Black in response to a personal letter Black previously sent to Meares and also copied to Blount Today.

The full text of Judge Meares' letter is attached.

Another excerpt:

I believe in the principles and ideals of our Constitution and our legal system and I will do more than anyone else to bring those high ideas into practice. Almost every day now I read and re-read Canon 2 of the Judicial Code of Conduct and question myself about whether my actions will promote "public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary."

These are the values Blount County citizens and voters should seek in our judges.

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I'm even more perplexed

After reading the whole thing in its entirety, I'm even more perplexed about Blount Today's failure to print the whole thing, after printing the entirety of Black's rant.

Unless it is this:

I will no more apologize for that Order than I will for my decision to require the prosecution of the 202 defendants who hadn’t even been logged into either the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) or our county’s computers.

Maybe it gives them a guilty conscience about not covering THAT story. Sure sounds like something newsworthy to me. Exactly what crimes did 202 people get a free pass on?

"Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference." --Voltaire

And the Voters Get the Last Word

Isn't it wonderful that the citizens get to give Meares and Black the kind of feedback that simply can't be ignored?

Thank you David for standing up when it was contrary to your political beliefs, but essential to your Character. You are a gentleman who deserves the quiet respect of everyone.

Thank you Mike for vacating the office as soon as possible.

Best wishes to each of you in the future.

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