Governor Kulongoski announced today that he has appointed Mary Mertens James to fill the vacancy on the Marion County Circuit Court bench created by the retirement of Judge Greg West on June 1, 2003. The appointment of Ms. James is effective immediately.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of two very impressive and highly-qualified women to the Marion County bench. I am confident that Judges James and Burton will be exceptional and fair-minded jurists,” the Governor said.
If by "fair minded" you mean upholding the rule of law... as dictated by Fidel Castro.
Governor Kulogoski's appointment has overturned the will of 61% of the Oregon voters. And while this do-nothing governor is out claiming that the "voters have spoken" when it comes to the state giving people permission to kill themselves but he can't even muster a tiny bit of indignation now that Oregonians have had their will trampled on and their private property treated as if government owns it and we are just renters.
I trust that our next governor, Jason Atkinson, will appoint different kinds of judges to the bench. Judges who won't throw out intiative results under the umbrella "equal protection" clause.