On Mar. 29, 2006, Judge Barry Willett of the Jefferson Circuit Court denied candidate Jack Wood's motion to disqualify and remove the incumbent and another challenger from the judicial race in family court plus hit Jack with sanctions for filing a frivilous lawsuit. [For the record, Judge Willett did NOT use the words in the title from the old rock song."]
Judge Paula Sherlock and Rebecca Swope Atkins prevailed over Wood in this challenge over paperwork and not qualifications.
The BlueGrass Report had the blog scoop on this story (and should anyone scan in PDF the actual order and send it to me, I would be glad to post the link to it!). Here is an extract of the hearing from that posting entitled "Jennifer Moore Slays Another Republican In The Courtroom":
"Wood's motion and the arguments set forth in his subsequent supporting memorandum are completely devoid of any factual or legal merit. An indication of the absurdity of Wood's argument is that he claims that all petitions for nomination filed by every candidate for Jefferson County Family Court Judge fails to properly identify the office for which they seek office, in violation of KRS 23A.070(1)."
Judge Willett then ordered Wood to pay attorneys' fees and costs incurred by the Defendants as sanctions.
Remember that song - "Hit the road Jack, and don't you come back, no more, no more, no more, no more." Well, today Jack 'jumped the shark' and his campaign should have enjoyed its 15 seconds of fame as it goes "Down, down, down, into the burning ring of fire."
Although this was a frivilous motion, it could have presented an interesting (albeit implausable) twist as Judge Willett's decision if it had gone the other way may very well have put every candidate in the county (the state?) on the chopping block whether or not they were challenged. This numbering game came up in an earlier election but was not preserved. Well, there you have it today.
Here are links to our earlier postings: