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Judge accidentally resigns on April Fools’ Day

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A Texan civil court judge, who had only been appointed a few months ago, was the butt of his own joke this April Fools’ Day when he resigned from his distinguished post — by accident.

Texan media outlets reported how Bill McLeod, newly-elected in Harris County, made a public online announcement, reportedly on Facebook, that he was running for the state’s Supreme Court not realising that by making this known he was triggering an automatic resignation under the Texan constitution.

Article 16, Section 65, of the state’s constitution clearly reads:

“If any of the officers named herein shall announce their candidacy … for any office .. other than the office then held, such announcement or such candidacy shall constitute an automatic resignation of the office then held.”

It appears that this is no hoax — local media reported the sorry saga, describing it as “a major ‘oops’ moment”, and Bill McLeod declined to comment. The whole hoohah is going to be discussed among county commissioners next week to decide what to do now.

Judges in the US have to be elected rather than appointed: McLeod, a Democrat, won his election last November after winning 55% of the popular vote. Harris County includes Houston, the fourth largest city in the US.

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11 Comments

Anonymous

The election of judges seems insane.

Anonymous

‘It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.’

Anonymous

It is an inevitability given the increasing politicisation of judges.

We can either go back to judges avoiding politics, or we can politicise their appointment.

But having political judges without any accountability is not sustainable – it’s tyranny.

Anonymous

Give tyranny a chance.

Anonymous

We should elect judges in the UK.

Remove public school elites and professorial douchebags.

Make them stand on a manifesto about how they will treat offenders.

Bring back hanging!

And vote Corbyn! Tax metropolitan elites and redistribute their wealth around the rest of the UK.

Concerned 3rd party

Night I suggest you go easy on whatever it is your smoking.

Ano

Elect judges and you will end up with trump. They are not just appointed. They go through rigorous selection exercises and role plays
The govt and ministers produce sentence guidelines which they have to follow

Anon

Role plays?

Ano

Elect judges and you will end up with trump. They are not just appointed. They go through rigorous selection exercises and role plays
The govt and ministers produce sentence guidelines which they have to follow

Irritated Yank

“Judges in the US have to be elected rather than appointed”

There are very many jurisdictions in the US where judges are elected rather than appointed, but this radical oversimplification is wrong. When it comes to judicial appointments, there are many systems in the US: federal, each of the 50 states, Washington DC, and any local selection systems which might differ from broader state-wide systems.

Unless you are SURE you are talking about federal law, it is a mistake to ever describe US law as singularly being one thing or another.

Content Brit

Sort your shite legal system out then you mug

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