We’ve been watching with curiousity the coverage of judges going on at AZ Judges Review, especially of Judge Crane McClennen, the only judge the Commission on Judicial Performance recommended not retaining. AZ Judges Review had the opposite opinion, and says the reason the Commission recommended not to retain him is because a few criminal defense attorneys wrote up bad reviews about him. Apparently Judge McClennen is an expert on trials, even wrote his own book that is used in law school to teach trial rules, and the criminal defense attorneys don’t like that. When all the trial rules are enforced, it’s more difficult for a judge to let their guilty clients off the hook. Court staff actually gave him high ratings, but the Commission didn’t bother to report that. So we’re giving Judge McClennen a THUMBS UP.
For another interesting post about AZ Judges Review, check out Liberty’s Apothecary.