NYPost- In a first-of-its-kind rebuke, a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge with 25 years experience on the bench has been found unqualified by a Democratic Party screening panel — a move that will likely doom her chances for re-election this fall.
“She’s not the brightest bulb in the courthouse to begin with,” said one party source, explaining the Brooklyn Democratic Party Judicial Screening Committee’s decision last month to find Justice Laura Jacobson unqualified to run on the party line.
“They looked at her track record, and they found an abnormal percentage of cases were overturned by higher courts,” said the party source. “And when also factoring in she has a poor reputation, she was found unqualified.”
Said another party official, who like the others asked not to be named, “As far as we know, this is the first time in Brooklyn’s history the committee did not reappoint a sitting Supreme Court judge — it’s unheard of.”
But Jacobson is so disliked and considered so judicially mediocre that the committee found her unqualified, and then rejected her subsequent appeal.
I'm not sure I approve of the direction this mudslinging is headed in. Unqualified? Probably. Not the brightest bulb in the box? Patently false. Listen, I can definitively say that I don't want this woman - who was the first person that was so bad at being a judge that she was forced to have her brain scanned by a bunch of politicians - deciphering the innocent from the guilty and being directly responsible for anyone's future. That, however, doesn't mean she's dumb. In fact, I would argue she may be one of the smartest people to ever grace a bench. You know what takes a higher level of intelligence than upholding the law? Convincing a bunch of other people who also uphold the law that you are the best of the bunch and should be entrusted with the final say on important, life altering decisions for 2.5 decades. I'll take street smarts over book smarts any day, and the woman that finagled her way through a prominent, public career that she wasn't even fucking qualified for undoubtedly has them all. She may be a disgrace to her (now former) profession, but she's a hero to every person that's ever fudged a resume. The judge that lasted a quarter century in charge of a gavel without having a damn clue what in the hell she was doing with it just set the highest of standards for idiot savant-cy. She might not even know how to spell 'amendment', but she'll find a way to make you forget that she doesn't. She may not be allowed to preside over cases anymore, but - with that level of duplicity - she's got a hell of a future defending them.