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Friday, November 11, 2005

Cobb Campaign Kickoff

I've been told that Sue Bell Cobb will officially announce her entrance into the race for Supreme Court Chief Justice on Tuesday. Of course it's been assumed that Cobb will be the Democratic standard-bearer in this race for months, but her efforts have largely been behind the scenes.

I'm told that Cobb's announcement will be at 9 am on Tuesday (Nov. 15) in the State Supreme Court building.

The next shoe to drop in the Chief's race will be Tom Parker's decision. He's been expected to challenge appointed incumbent Drayton Nabers for the GOP nod, but has not publicly announced his plans.

The Chief's race is shaping up to be one of the more interesting races of 2006 with the three presumptive candidates (Nabers, Parker, Cobb) each having a realistic chance at success.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Judge Cobb will give Nabors a run for his money, assuming that he survives a challenge from Parker. Parker is probably having the same trouble deciding whether to run that he has trying to decide cases. Almost a year after taking the bench, he has yet to author an opinion of the Court and he is clearing cases off his docket at less than half the rate of the next closest justice.

6:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cobb is just a pawn for the trial lawyers and aea. how could anyone not see this for what it is? the democrat party has been owned by them since graddick got screwed. And, democrats have gotten their just desserts ever since. didnt ms bell get an appointment from wallace soon as she passed the bar? well, that says it all. wallace never gave anyone anything unless they bought it. I wouldnt vote for a wallace thug if my life depended on it. she is whats wrong with alabama. I challenge anyone to find a single case she handled as an attorney because she never practiced a single day of law in her life. she is no different than siegelman. dont be fooled

8:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some say Parker promised the folks that paid off his campaign debt that he would not run for Chief

11:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Parker has written multiple opinions, some receiving national recognition. His opinion in Ex parte GC, for example, has inspired a law review article at one law school, was added to the family law curriculum of another law school, and was part of what the Associated Press called a "history-making" decision.

8:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read carefull: He has yet to author an opinion of the Court. His handful of rant-filled dissents and special concurrences could have been written by any first-year law student at an unaccredited law school. He is failing miserably to do the job that the voters elected him to do and ought to be investigated for failing to fulfill his obligation to actually work for a living. He is a disgrace, plain and simple.

5:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A previous comment refers to Parker's dissenting opinion in Exparte G.C. That decision is a good example of what Parker's brethren think of him. Justices Bolin and Smith in their concurring opinions make a special effort to excoriate Parker's idiotic dissent.

Parker is an embarrassment. He is not doing the work that he is being paid $150,000+ of our tax dollars to do, and in the three or four decisions that he's actually written in the past ten months, he shows a fundamental ignorance of what the law is supposed to be about.

6:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very true. To quote Parker and his evil master Darth Moore: "Amem!"

11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The political bias in the above comments is laughable. Speaking as national debate champion (i.e. quite familiar with logical fallacy and proper argumentation), I feel I must respond to a particularly errant argument, which includes a logical fallacy that happens to be a pet peeve of mine.

"His handful of rant-filled dissents and special concurrences could have been written by any first-year law student at an unaccredited law school. He is failing miserably to do the job that the voters elected him to do and ought to be investigated for failing to fulfill his obligation to actually work for a living. He is a disgrace, plain and simple."

This is called ad hominem; attacking the person rather than the argument.

The point to which you were responding, if I may remind you, was the claim that one of Justice Parker's opinions has inspired a law review article at a law school, was added to the curriculum at another, and received national attention. While this claim was not a direct response to the original comment, it at least showed a clear alternative criteria -- quality over quantity -- which would seem to be preferable to most people in choosing a judge or justice.

To respond to this, you could have, 1.) brought up evidence to the contrary, and show that the claim is false, 2.) produced more (i.e. a great number) of law reviews and journals that condemned his opinion as misguided, or 3.) shown how other Justices have received greater attention and praise for their opinions.

Now, I'm not nearly familiar enough with the issue to know whether either of the above arguments could be made, but for now, Parker's supporter's argument is clearly unrefuted, and superior to your (thus far) unfounded attack.

3:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

modus tollens, er modus ponens? which is oh great debate champ?

5:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like we got Parker's law clerk commenting on this blog!

5:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the beautiful thing about american democracy is we dont need debate rules. foolish consistencies are the hobgoblins of small minds accd to emerson. I dont think Parker has a mind at all. I dont think roy moore has a soul (he pawned at satan's gate).
If Cobb was serious about winning she would run against this fool parker. I am a democrat and will vote for nabors because he cant be bought, he is a christian(not the evil roy moore devilchristians) and he is a legal scholar.
for too long we get judges like butts who are idiots and use politics not the rule of law to decide. Im afraid Cobb, being a wallace family owned person, will be influenced by politics, not the rule of law.

9:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, debate champ! (By the way, I was also a college debater, and a pretty good one). Your critique of my earlier post shows the weakness of your argument that Parker is anything other than a buffoon. (Oops, another ad hominem). One of the things that I learned in debate was to get your facts straight. You failed to refute (or even respond to) the statement that Parker is essentially stealing his considerable state salary by failing to do the work assigned to him. As it stands, it is undisputed that he has failed to write a single opinion that has garnered the votes of even two of his fellow Justices and he has not authored a single opinion that has any legal precedential value. Perfect example: His opinion in Ex parte G.C. (dealing with grandparents' rights) is the only DISSENTING opinion from an 8-1 ruling. I find it pretty hard to believe that a DISSENTING opinion could be considered "history-making" (even by the AP), or serve as the basis of a law review article at any reputable law school. I noticed you didn't name the two law schools that you claim have embraced Parker's lonely opinion. Parker's opinion, by the way, concluded that an unfit father who had never spent 24 hours alone with his own son had superior custody rights to the grandparents who has raised the child "because God, not the state, has granted parents the authority and responsibility to govern their children."

10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cobb has never had a real job. she has been a judge since she was sworn in. wallace held the judgship for her until then. Nabors, on the other hand clerked for justice powell on the U.S. Supreme court, has been a lawyer, a law partner in his firm, general counsel to an fortune 500 company and CEO of that same company.
Cobb kinda pales in comparison huh?
I wonder who is behind her, because it is senseless for her to ruin herself like this. Alabama is lucky to have a statesman like drayton nabors offer himself for public service. Cobb on the other hand has been at the trough her entire life. She needs to grow up and go find a real job. maybe she can take george wallace jr. with her. Those people are what it wrong with Alabama. I hope others can see this as clearly as i can

5:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mindless cheerleading for Nabers is no better than silly support for Cobb. Before you lift your pom-poms, please get your facts straight. Nabers clerked for Hugo Black, not Louis Powell.

11:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would also be a good idea to learn how to spell the name of the candidate you support: It's "NabErs," not "NabOrs".

7:14:00 AM  
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