Anyone who has followed Virginia’s political blogs for the last few of months is aware of former Commonwealth Conservative publisher Chad Dotson’s appointment to the bench for Virginia’s 30th judicial district.

His swearing-in ceremony was yesterday, and both Steve Minor and Brian Patton were on hand.

And I know I’ve said it before, but congratulations, Big Guy. I’ll still keep that “Dotson for AG” yard sign handy though…just in case.

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9 responses to “All Rise”

  1. Anonymous Avatar

    That’s all we need – another conservative judge.

  2. Norman Leahy Avatar
    Norman Leahy

    It’s not all we need. But it will certainly help.

  3. Anonymous Avatar

    I doubt that.

  4. James Atticus Bowden Avatar
    James Atticus Bowden

    Cute exchange above as opposed to “What is 200 liberal judges on the bottom of the ocean?”

    “A good start.”

  5. Ray Hyde Avatar

    Isn’t the first requirement for a judge that he is supposed to be impartial? That is, NOT bring any baggage to the bench?

    Don’t we have enough agenda driven dogma without having it made case law?

  6. Anonymous Avatar

    Amen, Ray Hyde.

    Dotson may have made it to the bench in the 30th Judicial District but that’s as far as he will go – due largely in part to the “baggage” he made for himself while he was blogging, IMO.

    I don’t hold any personal disregard for Dotson, but I must say I was surprised by his appointment given the partisan nature of his posts.

    hmmmm….maybe we should move towards a system of electing judges…NOT!

  7. eraserhead Avatar

    Congrats to Chad, an honorable man bringing a strong resume to the bench.

    I would rather have a hundred Chad Dotsons, individuals who wrestled with the top issues of the day in a public forum, serving as a judge, than one “stealth” jurist who never left a footprint.

  8. James Atticus Bowden Avatar
    James Atticus Bowden

    Ray and Friends: A judge should be impartial ruling under the law. As opposed to making up the law or ruling over the law.

    The judiciary is the third POLITICAL branch of government. (SS 201/201 American Government – first college course I taught)

    They are supposed to be the weakest, but they are the strongest because of the abject failures of legislatures and executives to do their constitutional duties at every level of government.

  9. Anonymous Avatar

    Mr. Hyde, a General District Court judge hardly makes case law.

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