published Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Judge Bales

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The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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OllieH said...

Uh... apparently, neither.

February 22, 2011 at 1:42 a.m.
alprova said...

For those who are seeking a little background on this cartoon;

http://timesfreepress.com/news/2011/feb/20/lawyers-decry-judicial-abuse/?politics

I was in the dark on this one too.

February 22, 2011 at 7:11 a.m.
OllieH said...

This story first broke several weeks ago. Clay even drew a cartoon about it back then-

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/jan/08/judicial-ethics

On the front page of this past Sunday's newspaper, there was a lengthy follow-up story to the ethics charges that included several other complaints about Judges Moon and Bales. One of the claims by the attorneys quoted in the piece was that Judge Bales didn't seem to have a firm grasp of the law.

If this cartoon was a mystery to anyone out there, I would suggest that you subscribe to the printed edition of the newspaper. Not only would you have something to read over your morning cup of coffee, but you might find yourself reading stories that might not have escaped your attention on a web site.

As much as I value the news sources I can find online, I still prefer ink on paper. I really couldn't imagine starting the day without a real, old fashioned newspaper.

February 22, 2011 at 10:55 a.m.
alprova said...

Ollie, please forgive my complete and utter ignorance on this one. From the comment count, I'd say that I'm hardly alone.

At the time the referenced cartoon was posted, I was very sick and there were many days over the six week period during all of December through mid-January, that I could not even drag myself to the computer. I missed quite a bit during those six weeks.

I tried the home delivery for the paper once and grew tired of reading wet, dew soaked newspapers, so I choose to pick one up at my local Mapco on any day that I venture out of the house while in town.

This is a story that escaped my attention twice. Why?

Who cares about a group of lawyers accusing each other of being ignorant to the law? There's a bunch of them in Washington doing the same thing on a daily basis.

February 22, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.
hambone said...

Regardless of how little we know about the background of this cartoon. You know who will link it to Obama!

February 22, 2011 at 2:44 p.m.
acerigger said...

Bales and Moon, the judges of choice for the Tn. Wildlife Resources Agency! If the TWRA hauls you in front of either, you are Guilty! I speak from personal experience,although I managed to get a conviction overturned on appeal,it still cost a lot of extra money. The fact that they had insufficient evidence made no difference to Judge Bales.

February 22, 2011 at 4:18 p.m.
youngdem said...

It's worth noting that David Bales never tried a case in Hamilton County before he was elected to Sessions Court. He owned a chain of Fantastic Sam's salons and was Chair of the Hamilton County Republican Party. That is enough to qualify you for the bench, apparently.

February 22, 2011 at 8:19 p.m.
moon4kat said...

Clay Bennett is, once again, clever, amusing, and right on the mark.

February 22, 2011 at 11:40 p.m.
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