Judge Sasser was associate with Tharington-Smith

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  1. ncsu95

    ncsu95 New Member

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    So Judge Debra Sasser was an associate with Tharington-Smith before becoming a judge. Should she have recused herself from this case? The plaintiffs attorney was her former boss...could that possible show bias?

    I disagree completely with the ruling, but I'm shocked to see she was a former associate with the firm.

    And here are 2 seperate items proving this:

    http://family.ncbar.org/Newsletters/Archived+Newsletters/Downloads_GetFile.aspx?id=4466


    And then look what her name links to in this yellow pages ad:

    http://www.trueyellow.com/attorney/Raleigh/NC/Page1/show.asp
     
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  3. SleuthyGal

    SleuthyGal Former Member

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    If this was really a problem, then why didn't the defense request Sasser to recuse herself or, alternatively, challenge her being the assigned judge to hear the custody case? The defense attorneys may not see the conflict-of-interest imagined here.
     
  4. ncsu95

    ncsu95 New Member

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    Maybe the defense attorneys weren't aware of it.
     
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    cygnusx1 New Member

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    Or they planned to use it on appeal.
     
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    SleuthyGal Former Member

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    So they were willing to risk it in case the decision went their way but they held off and will now raise it as an issue since they lost? I wonder how that would play in the higher courts?
     
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    ncsu95 New Member

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    I seriously doubt they knew. You honestly don't see this as a potential conflict of interest?
     
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    SleuthyGal Former Member

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    You don't think the defense attorneys do their homework and know the background of each judge? If I were a client of such a law firm that did not do their due diligence I would consider them incompetent.

    BTW, Judge Debra Sasser was elected 11/04 and her term expires this year (11/2008). District court judicial terms are 4 years.
     
  9. Topsail Girl

    Topsail Girl Michelle Marie Fisher Young - Justice !!!

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    See my siggy line NCSU95 - If they didn't know then it's their own fault. Not to mention the fact that many many many judges were once attorneys - no big deal.

    ETA it doesn not mean that as a judge they can't rule correctly and fairly.
     
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    Topsail Girl Michelle Marie Fisher Young - Justice !!!

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    Amen Sistah - that would be the first thing you'd do in my opinion. You hear lawyers say it all the time - "I don't like this judge" We need to wait for "the right judge". This applies to simple things like traffic court and complex issues like child support. Day in and day out those words are spoken to some client by some lawyer and you can bank on that.
     
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    ncsu95 New Member

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    Would you guys have issue if she used to work for K&B (and this isn't a setup for saying you'd have issue because it would indicate she was a moron....it's a serious question).
     
  12. Just the Fax

    Just the Fax Justice For The Fisher's

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    You actually think this is an issue ?
    How many times each week do you think she sees a former colleague from T-S sitting at a defense or plaintiff table ? She is sworn to uphold the law.
     
  13. SleuthyGal

    SleuthyGal Former Member

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    The lawyer I hired for my traffic ticket talked about knowing the various judges and how each one tends to interpret the law and what their hot buttons are. If a traffic lawyer does their homework, then K&B darn well better!
     
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    Just the Fax Justice For The Fisher's

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    Moot point....this firm is too sleazy to interest her.
    However, if she did....absolutely no problem.
     
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    Oh JTF...don't you know it's all a conspiracy to take away the defendant's constitutional rights in this case? I bet they have a secret handshake they all use--you know--that special T/S handshake, along with the judge. Laws/schmaws! Let's not let any of that get in the way of a good conspiracy. You know Stubbs used to be a judge at one time! I bet that's why they won the case...it's a favor for ex-judges. Shhhhhh.
     
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    Hmmm...so its offensive to refer to Alice Stubbs as "Nancy Grace", but it is OK to call BC's counsel "sleazy".
     
  17. ncsu95

    ncsu95 New Member

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    et tu, SleuthyGal?
     
  18. SleuthyGal

    SleuthyGal Former Member

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    I don't think the judge is involved in a conspiracy. I'm sorry I don't support that theory.
     
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    ncsu95 New Member

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    I didn't say she was...I said I feel like it is a conflict of interest. You don't think it is possible that she might feel a little bias towards her former employer?
     
  20. SleuthyGal

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    I don't, no. But her feelings are besides the point; she took an oath to uphold the laws. She knows her decisions can be overturned if her rulings are not based on those laws. The legal community is a small one. People have worked at different law firms. Prior prosecutors sometimes become defense attorneys. Attorneys are appointed judges (or run for a judicial seat). This is not an uncommon occurrence.
     
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    Fair enough. I'm shocked by her ruling though.
     
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