Former States Atty to Judges: I'm wishing you'd fall over dead.

Do you think this is going to affect his standing in the legal community? Two judges have filed recusals for hearing cases filed by Robert Chavis after he had some light criticism for them. Okay, so it wasn't light criticism. He was merely wishing for their deaths.

The Yankton Press and Dakotan originally reported it, and the Rapid City Journal picked it up (which is where I read it):

Two South Dakota First Judicial Circuit Court judges have recused themselves from hearing future cases brought forth by a former Yankton County state’s attorney after they said he left a voice message asking why they couldn’t “fall over dead.” According to a joint recusal filed by judges Arthur Rusch and Glen Eng, Robert Chavis left the message on the local circuit court voice mail Sept. 18 after the death of First Judicial Circuit Court Judge Lee Anderson.

Rusch and Eng state in the recusal they can “positively” identify the voice as belonging to Chavis.


Chavis apparently believed he was leaving the message with someone else, and after saying some derogatory things about First Circuit Court administrator Kim Allison, the transcript quotes him as saying: “(Judge Anderson) was a good guy, I’ll tell you what. He was a lawyer, and he has a little compassion, and he could recall what it was like to work his (expletive) off. The good ones die. Why can’t Eng or Rusch fall over dead, you know? I’ll tell you what, I have no idea. (inaudible) Why doesn’t Rusch fall over dead?”

Chavis was on vacation in Europe this week and could not be reached for comment.
I'll just bet he was on vacation. Read it all here at the Rapid City Journal.


Tru Major said…
It's more evidence of scary antipathy toward judges who hold down our vital third branch of government. The Bush administration adds frequent fuel to the hostilities.

So does this bode well for Amendment E?

People should be aware that, banking on this attitude and lack of civics lessons in our country, Ron Branson of N. Hollywood, CA has brought South Dakota's Constitution under attack. Ron Branson's strategy is to pick a state that is cheap and persuadable to wage his campaign. He claims that South Dakotans recently responded 3-2 that they will vote FOR a Constitutional amendment that would throw a monkey wrench into the balance of our 3 branches of government.

Branson picked the wrong state. South Dakotans are not gullible. See the discussion of the JAIL (Amendment E) and what it would require from our state and its taxpayers at, "Issues and Opportunities/Vote NO on JAIL."
petlover said…
The election is over. I hope Ron Branson and all of "ultra left wingers" took notice. Amendment E went down in in flames in the South Dakota election!!! South Dakotans aren't fools like the california amendment E supporters thought. Maybe the next time they can't get an amendment through in thier state they will think twice before trying to dispose of garbage like this in somebody else's backyard!!! Please keep your liberal politics outwest, we don't need it or want it here!!!

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