Updated: Oct 30
- Judge Candidate Sarah Black (D)
Perhaps someone should remind Sarah Black that she is not King Solomon and not imbued by God with His wisdom. Our forefathers rebelled against the despotism that she is articulating. Such arbitrary and capricious exercise of authority should never be placed in the hands of a judge.
Ms. Black is stating that her opinion on matters before the court carries the same weight as settled law or statute. It appears that she holds her ideas in highest esteem. Applying this to real disputes presents us with significant concerns.
Imagine a property dispute which is before a judge Black: Your neighbor’s fence is on your property. You object. He tells you that he is taking your property for a garden. You take him to court and a judge Black finds in favor of your neighbor because she thinks a garden is a better use of your property.
How do we apply laws that only exist in the minds of judges? If we allow judges to create law, we undermine the constitutions on which our security and livelihoods rest. Sarah Black has specifically articulated an intent to substitute her opinions for democratically-developed laws and regulations. Those who have so little understanding or respect for the principles of our form of government have no business on the bench.
We will be electing five Judges for our Court of Common Pleas on November 7. Among those running we have five candidates who, if elected, will NOT legislate from the bench. These are Judge Lou Mincarelli, Dave Black, Don Kohler, PJ Redmond, and Andy Rongaus. While they do not claim Solomonic wisdom, each will work diligently to apply the law as written intelligently and with measure for the Citizens of Chester County.
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: The Judgment of Solomon by Peter Paul Rubens - Print Boetius Adams Bolswert, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1951)