The Eclectic One

…Because labels are a poor substitute for thinking

Imagine that: A judge says it’s not his business to dictate election rules.

Posted by Bill Nance on November 26, 2008

I just caught this tidbit in the Dallas Morning News:

State District Judge Jim Jordan on Tuesday said legal questions over how best to conduct a recount in the House District 105 race should be addressed. But, he said, his court wasn’t the correct venue for it.

“I was looking forward to this case,” Judge Jordan said in ruling that only an appellate or the state Supreme Court has jurisdiction. “It has some interesting issues I would have enjoyed working with. And it has issues that need dealing with.”

Judge Jordan issued his jurisdictional ruling after hearing all the evidence and testimony in the case that centers around two hot-button election issues — straight-party voting and electronic voting machines.

It’s call judicial restraint. Something the U.S. Supreme court might look into.

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