Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Anybody But Teresa Carr Deni

A big problem with judges being elected positions is practically everyone who walks into the voting booth is a low information voter. I have no idea who I should vote for, but I know who I'll vote against.

A city judge who reduced a rape charge to "theft of services" in a case involving a prostitute assaulted at gunpoint was harshly criticized yesterday by the head of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni's handling of the case was an "unforgivable miscarriage of justice," said Jane Leslie Dalton, the bar association's chancellor. "The victim has been brutalized twice in this case: first by the assailants, and now by the court."

Dalton's criticism came just 28 days after the association recommended that voters Tuesday retain Deni for a third six-year term.