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Super Old Judges

Our second post today has David M Cantor, Phoenix DUI Attorney, discussing the issue of ‘Super Old Judges‘. Since Federal Judges have tenure and can serve until they choose to retire one problem arises: old age and senility.

David cites a recent article from Above The Law ‘What Is To Be Done About Super-Old Judges?’ where they discuss Judge Wesley Brown who will be 104 in June. While Judge Brown seems to still have his wits there are multiple stories where other judges are not holding up as well.
The Above the Law piece was written by David Lat who shares one of his experiences while clerking for the Ninth Circut:

On one occasion, a vote on whether to rehear a case en banc emanated not from the judge’s chambers account, but from Mary’s personal email account. Even more embarrassingly, it was written not on behalf of the judge or the chambers, but in the first person: “I vote YES to rehearing en banc.” A law school classmate of mine who was also clerking for the Ninth that year remarked, “I thought only judges did that. When did Mary get her presidential commission?

Another article from the Wall Street Journal Law Blog gives some stark and sobering statistics from ProPublica and Slate:

  • About 12 percent of the nation’s 1,200 sitting federal district and circuit judges are 80 years or older;
  • Eleven federal judges over the age of 90 are hearing cases—compared with four just 20 years ago;
  • The number of octogenarians and nonagenarians on the federal bench has doubled in the past 20 years.

David M Cantor give some anecdotal evidence of a Judge here in Arizona who has shown signs of senility to years. After more issues seemed to appear the Judge is now choosing to retire. However many Judges are staying on longer and longer and if they are senile how can we expect them to decide when they should retire?

One solution proposed by David and many others is to have regular mental health checkups to ensure that our Federal Judges are able to do their job effectively.

What do you think?

Rebuilding My Family in Recovery

Rebuilding My Family in Recovery: Addiction Survivors Discuss Mending Fences After Finding Lasting Sobriety

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The excruciating pain of addiction isn’t limited to the person who’s abusing substances — it extends to those closest to them, too. Families are often forced to watch helplessly while their addicted loved one spirals out of control. When a person is able to enter addiction recovery, repairing the damage caused by their substance abuse often doesn’t come easily.

 

Brandon is an addiction survivor who battled an opioid painkiller addiction for three years. We had the opportunity to talk to him about his journey to sobriety, the role his family played, and how he’s staying on the sober track today. Here’s some of what he shared with us.

 

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It wasn’t just that Brandon’s family knew he had a drug problem — it was that they’d truly watched him slip away before their very eyes.

 

“My whole life changed,” Brandon said of his substance abuse. “I wasn’t the funny, nice, sweet guy I had been. By the third year of using, people started piecing it together — I had lost 50 pounds. I had always been athletic, in the gym every day, two hours a day — but I wasn’t focused on working out anymore. I would lie and tell people I was trying to lose weight.”

 

Unable to stand idly by, his family tried reaching out.

 

“My immediate family started asking if everything was alright. My grandpa kept bringing up stories about people he knew whose kids or grandkids were on heroin. Finally, one day, he flat-out asked me if I had a problem with drugs — and if I did, to let him know and he would help me,” he recalled. “That talk got in my head for a little bit, and for a few months I slowed it down.”

 

Brandon’s parents finally sat him down and told him he needed help to get sober. Denying his problem while looking into the eyes of the people he loved most shook him to the core.

 

“I didn’t know what to say,” he admitted. “I was ashamed, embarrassed and disappointed. My little sister, who had always looked up to me, was crying.”

 

After a few days of soul searching, Brandon decided going to treatment was the right decision. On a whim, he booked a flight to California to check into a rehab facility. But his father knew how important it was to find the right program, so helped his son connect with an experienced counselor who helped Brandon weigh his options and feel more confident about entering treatment.

 

“He cared about getting me into the right place and really getting me help,” Brandon said. “So, I changed my flight and my plans and went to the Treehouse.”

 

His time in rehab helped him get to the root of his issues so he could get back to being the man he wanted to be. Now that he’s sober, he said his relationship with his family is a major motivation to stay clean.

 

“My main reason is my mom, dad, and sister. I’m so tired of disappointing them,” he said. “My sister is scared to be around me. I fell asleep behind the wheel with her in the car once, and she had to grab the steering wheel. She’s scared.”

 

He knows it will take time to truly fix his relationships, but is committed to making up for his past behavior.

 

“I’m tired of seeing my parents’ faces distraught. My mom — she’s just this bundle of joy, and to see her unhappy just tourments me,” Brandon said.

 

And sticking to his sober path isn’t just good for his relationships with his family, it’s helped him learn to love himself again, too.

 

“I’m not drained, my personality is back — the old me is back, and people love me,” he asserted. “I don’t want to go back.”

Nationwide Trend? Police Deleting Video Evidence


Today David M Cantor, Arizona DUI Lawyer, talks about a recent blog post from A Public Defender talking about a situation in New Haven, CT where the Police took the public stance of being okay with citizens recording an arrest. Unfortunately less than a week later they arrested a citizen for filming an arrest claiming obstruction of justice and then deleted the video evidence. David shares a story regarding a DUI arrest here in Phoenix Arizona with similar details. David asks the question of how widespread this practice of destroying video evidence is and wants to hear from you.

DUI in Huntington Beach? “Like” it on Facebook


As reported on AllFacebook.com David M Cantor discusses the recent idea to start posting DUI offenders pictures and information on the Cities Facebook page. As David explains the idea here is to publicly shame people from driving drunk but one has to wonder how far can we take this? Do we start posting when people are arrested for domestic disputes, petty crime offenses, lewd beahvior? Is this a modern day form of the shackles in the public square?

Shame Tactic: Huntington Beach May Post DUI Arrests On Facebook

Phoenix Thanksgiving and Winter DUI Task Force


Just in time for the Holidays David M Cantor, a dui attorney in Phoenix, talks about the DUI Task force in the Phoenix Metro area. Starting on Thanksgiving and continuing on for each weekend throughout December various Police departments in the Phoenix Metro area will be setting up checkpoints where suspected drunk drivers will be pulled over and checked for DUI.

David gives a number of good pointers from deciding after two drinks to not drive and the Rule of Eight. With the Rule of Eight you can easily remember the phone number for Yellow Cab in Phoenix: 480-888-8888. Memorize this and make it much easier on yourself this Holiday season.

He goes on to mention what to do if you do get pulled over for a DUI in Phoenix, Arizona:
DO:

  • Do Ask to speak with a DUI Lawyer in Arizona immediately!
  • Do show your drivers’ license, registration and proof of insurance.
  • Do ask to be released to obtain an independent blood test from a hospital.
  • Do behave courteously.

DON’T:

  • Don’t agree to take a Breath, Blood or Urine test until calling and talking with a DUI Lawyer in Arizona!
  • Don’t answer questions or agree to be videotaped.
  • Don’t take the eye test.
  • Don’t admit anything or take coordination tests.
  • Don’t try to talk your way out or be rude.

*These do’s and don’ts apply to most, but not all situations.

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