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Opening Arguments

What judge wants, judge gets

Don't you sometimes wish you had as much power as a judge? Grant County Superior Court Judge Randall Johnson says he has mold in his blood consistent with the mold in his courtroom, causing his health to deteriorate. So he's moving the court somewhere else temporarily and telling the county commissioners to fix the joint up:

Grant County Commission President Mark Bardsley said a state report from February concluded courthouse mold levels were not more than are found normally in the work place. Judge Johnson doesn't believe it. His letter criticizes county officials for dragging their feet to fix the courthouse.

"It's not a quick fix. We don't want a quick fix, that's a temporary fix," said Bardsley.

Bardsley said Grant County officials have agreed to get a nearly $2 million loan, but he estimates the work will take 8 to 12 months. 

So, there's no mold problem, but they'll spend $2 million to fix it anyway. It's hard to say no to a judge, up to the point where they get a DUI or lose their cool in somebody else's courtroom. In their courtrooms, they can be absolute dictators, and they tend to get their way outside the courtroom, too.


Harl Delos
Tue, 08/19/2008 - 7:56pm