Monday, March 28, 2011
I've had dealings with many law enforcement officers and agencies in my time . . . but I've never before heard of something like this! State Police in Connecticut have applied for a warrant to arrest a Superior Court judge . . . because she refused to sign a warrant they'd filled out to arrest someone else! They've accused her of "coercion and hindering a police investigation of an assault".
Surely it's a judge's responsibility (not to mention her right) to refuse to sign a warrant if she believes that it's not justified? I can accept that in a case of judicial misconduct, or where other aggravating circumstances exist, action against the judge might become necessary: but that usually happens after an investigation, and is justified by abundant evidence that the judge in question is way out of line. In this case, no such evidence has been publicly reported. On the other hand, if the State Police want to arrest the judge purely on the grounds that they believe their initial warrant was justified, and she refused it out of pique, or spite, or general lack of co-operation, that's a matter for the State's government and its Supreme Court. If necessary, they can remove her from office and/or impeach her - and/or do the same to any officers of the State Police who've overstepped their boundaries.
This smells to high heaven. Can any readers in the area shed any more light on the subject? If so, please tell us about it in a comment.