Justin Burr's mysterious crusade against sitting judges

Hat-tip to NC Policy Watch for exploring this nonsense:

More than 100 judges with thousands of years of combined experience could be wiped from the North Carolina bench by a bail bond agent who has served less than a decade in the General Assembly, and no one really knows why. Many judges learned of their potential unemployment on Twitter last summer when Rep. Justin Burr (a private bail bond agent by profession) unveiled his surprise judicial redistricting plan. They’ve been trying to figure out what’s going on ever since.

“It’s stressful because it’s created this cloud of anxiety since June about what are they going to do next. Do I have to move? What do I have to do?” said District Court Judge Robin Wicks Robinson, who serves New Hanover and Pender counties. “There is a powerlessness feeling and feeling of anxiety that overwhelms.”

Understand, double-bunking at such a high rate does not happen by accident, it requires a design. An intentional effort to create a new batch of judges in a system that is already crushed under poor funding and a growing caseload. And it should come as no surprise that the people who will suffer the most under this plan are on the low end of the economic spectrum:

Another impact likely to be felt by residents across the state is less access to the court system. Judicial divisions in the new maps would be cut from eight to five, which means some judges – and some of the people they serve – would be required to travel longer distances to court. Travel is already an issue in some current judicial districts. Davis says that people don’t show up to court in her district because they can’t afford to or don’t have the means to drive several counties over.

“If we have to schedule a juvenile hearing in Dare County for a child that’s in Vance County from a low-income family, there’s no way that family can even get there,” she said. “We’re in eastern North Carolina; they don’t have the resources.”

Her colleague, District Court Judge Eula Reid agreed and said the first judicial district has been working for years to improve access to the courts for the communities they serve – all that could be undone if the new judicial maps are enacted.

Don't expect somebody who profits off the misery of the poor to even consider the costs of travel. Or any other costs, for that matter.

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