You probably will not be surprised to learn that William C. Thompson, presiding judge of the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, has not responded to my e-mail asking him to explain unlawful findings he made on my appeal.
You also will not be surprised to learn that Thompson won his third six-year term on the all-Republican court last week, even though he is demonstrably corrupt.
The good news is that Democratic challenger Kimberly Drake made a pretty strong showing, considering that she had limited financial resources. Drake's showing makes me think Thompson and his GOP cronies on the appeals court are beatable if Democrats can mount a strong fund-raising effort.
But back to my e-mail. Why would Thompson not respond? Well, interested readers might want to ask him. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's a sample of what you could write. (Feel free to cut and paste this. Just trying to be helpful.):
I am a citizen concerned about justice issues and would like to ask you about your handling of the Legal Schnauzer case--Roger Shuler v. Mike McGarity (Appeal from Shelby County Circuit Court, 00-1248), appellate docket number 2040161.
Your no-opinion affirmance in the case raises two simple questions:
* How do you affirm a trial court's decision to allow an amendment to complaint that was filed 65 days late, without seeking leave of court as required by law?
* How do you affirm a trial court's decisions to deny three properly executed and supported motions for summary judgment (MSJ) where the nonmoving party did not respond as required by law--and in the final two instances, the nonmoving party did respond at all?
As a taxpayer, I would like for you to explain these decisions. I'm sure you would agree it's important that citizens have confidence that courts are making lawful rulings.
I await your reply.
We'll see if you have more luck than I did in getting a response.
Meanwhile, my posts about Judge Thompson drew an anonymous comment from a reader who appears to be a member of the legal community. The comment reveals an awful lot about the sorry state of our judicial system, particularly the appellate courts.
I would like to share the comment with you and take a close look at its contents. That will be coming up soon.
(To be continued)