Thursday, April 24, 2008

Courtney Henry, Can We Really Trust Her?

It’s hard to get some answers from the candidates for the Arkansas Court of Appeals. You want to ask questions to discover this person’s character, what their beliefs and principles are without getting into specific issues. Of course, the election of judges is supposed to be nonpartisan, which further complicates questioning. The Court of Appeals doesn’t really address constitutional issues, mostly workman compensation and employment compensation appeals, but it could be the stepping stone up to the Supreme Court.
Still, we want to know if the judges we elect are going to follow and interpret the law or are they going to decide to legislate from the bench. Are they going to protect our freedoms as guaranteed in the Constitution or are they going to eliminate them? It has been the standard practice of liberals, when defeated by voters in the voting booth, to take their issues to court and get them to overturn the will of the voters.
These were the issues on the minds of the people present at the Washington County Republican Women’s forum, this Wednesday. I found it interesting that the candidates for the Court of Appeals, Courtney Henry and Ron Williams didn’t seem to disagree much with each other. The biggest difference between them was the experience. Ron Williams has been working as a lawyer almost as long as Courtney has been alive. He has had significant court experience while she has had none.
There was confrontation at the forum though. It was between Courtney and the moderator Mary Mann. Courtney kept answering questions saying that they were partisan and she couldn’t answer. She was starting to get a little hostile. Mary finally lectured Courtney saying that they were not asking political questions. They were asking questions about her judicial philosophy, was it conservative or liberal. Courtney has presented herself across NW Arkansas as a conservative so it was a bit suspicious that she’d get so confused about the direction of the questions.
Courtney has nothing in her back ground that would suggest that she is conservative. Just because she says so doesn’t make it so. The only thing we have is who she hangs out with and her voting record. Her family is Democratic with strong ties to the Clintons. She voted Democrat in the primary which means she voted for an extreme liberal who’d love nothing more than to have judges legislate from the bench. Based on this I don’t really believe Courtney when she says she’s conservative on judicial issues.
It was apparent by her speech and manner that she has had some training and grooming on how to appear before voters. I believe Courtney has ambitions to higher things then the Court of Appeals. I am not willing to place Courtney on the path to the Supreme Court solely based on her word that she’s a strict constructionist.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

How many juries are on the Court of Appeals?

As Williams has all that experience from Wal-Mart, why was Ron Williams fired from wal-mart? Why is Wal-Mart supporting Henry?

CAN WE REALLY TRUST WILLIAMS when his former employer does NOT?

Valerie said...

I'm glad you proved one of my points. Ron Williams has a past that you can critize or praise. You know who he is and what his principles are.

Anonymous said...

So, if you know his background so well, then tell me the reasons for him being fired.

Valerie said...

You have his confidential personnel records from Wal-Mart, spill all the gory details. But, wait, does it really matter? Liberals hate the evil Wal-Mart, so being fired from Wal-Mart should be a good thing.

Anonymous said...

That's kinda cute and dismissive all at the same time.

Let's see. . . tout 16 years of experience as your qualification for this job and . . . get fired.

You say that's a good thing. Do you mean that? Is that the true depth of your analysis on this issue? You seem to spend so much time analyzing everything only to dismiss the whole "get fired" thing?

http://www.eeoc.gov/press/6-14-01.html

Interesting. Combien, val.

Hardtack said...

Looked up the link, has nothing to do with why Ron Williams was fired from Wal-Mart. Yes, Wal-Mart did not fair well with this court case brought by the EEOC, but that is the way of court cases. One wins, one looses.

I hate to even start the list of people who have been fired from Wal-Mart. I expect that list is quite long, and am familiar with several that Mr. Sam fired because these individuals didn't live up to the standards that Mr. Sam espoused.

On a side note, Wal-Mart is the most sued company in America.

I was at the meeting, I have seen Courtney Henry's voting record. I also saw who was supporting her.

Valerie said...

Hardtack,
Thanks for going and looking. I wasn't going myself because I got really suspicious when Mr/Ms anonymous wouldn't write why Williams was supposedly fired. Let’s say my bullshit meter was ringing pretty loudly.

Anonymous said...

Courtney Henry is a liberal running in a "non-partisan" race. Anyone who voted in the Democratic Presidential primary would have to be a liberal or a non-thinking yellow dog...Either of which Henry is, I do not care to have sitting on the bench determining outcomes of such high importance.
A vote for Hillary! or Obama means you are pro death for the unborn, for more gun control=more criminals, higher taxes, more government control, less property rights, more government regulation, more enviromental controls, etc.

A liberal is a liberal is a liberal.....I don't care who has been hoodwinked into supporting her. Republican or Democrat they have to be liberal in order to support her or they have just been charmed by her twinkling blue eyes. She's a charmer no doubt, but then again so was Bill who wants to be the first, "First Lady's man'.

Ms Henry should be a conservative what with her having young children who might have to grow up under less desirable circumstances with less freedoms the leaders she voted for will no doubt try to impose upon us all.

This race and position is just a stepping stone for Henry to use. Just as Hillary! and Obama just wanted to be a US Senator. What a shame we no longer have people who quietly live their committments.

Anonymous said...

As someone who has worked at the Arkansas COurt of Appeals and the Supreme Court, you don't know what you are talking about. For one, the court of appeals doesn't do just "workers comp and employment comp." In fact, that is the only appellate court of general jurisdiction in Arkansas. The Supreme Court is a court of cert. The court of appeals handles constitutional issues all the time, however, the Supremes can accept cert on those cases if they chose. Your "freedoms ... guaranteed in the Constitution" reference is obviously referring to the federal constitution, an issue rarely heard by the state appellate courts.

Whether someone is a strict constructionalist or not is a complete non sequitur with regard to the state appellate court's jurisdiction.

Anonymous said...

I suppose that you'll need to trust Ms. Henry now.

Valerie said...

Huh! Just because the Democrat party scammed people into voting for her into office, we going to have to trust her? What kind of logic is that?

Anonymous said...

"Huh! Just because the Democrat party scammed people into voting for her into office, we going to have to trust her? What kind of logic is that?"

English major you wasn't, sweetheart.
Analytical? Nope, not that either.

Here's hoping you get a case before Ms. Henry, seeing as you've treated her fairly and all.

Anonymous said...

I know first hand as I witnessed Courtney's significant other "freak out" on his 4 month old golden retriever puppy for having an accident on the floor, leaving the puppy yelping in histeria as he then squeezed the puppy's mouth closed tight to keep her quiet!!!

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