State Bar Decision On Duber Complaint Disappointing

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Editor:

I was dismayed and very disappointed when I read about the State Bar’s decision not to take any action on Judge Duber’s complaint against a Gila County deputy attorney who had “stormed out of the courtroom” during a proceeding.

While I have no personal knowledge of the persons involved other than the Roundup report, it certainly seems to me that the behavior described at that event and the other times would (or should) “rise to the level of sanctionable conduct.”

I find that situation to be a microcosm of attitudes that have become prevalent today. We used to expect that children would throw temper tantrums, but adults were expected to have learned self-control and appropriate behavior. Now, apparently, almost any kind of disrespectful behavior goes.

Then, a few days later, the Roundup reported an episode between Judge Cahill and the county attorney’s office regarding a plea deal. Apparently, the county attorney wants to run the court himself, without the interference of a judge.

I think the judge’s role is crucial in maintaining a fair and effective system of justice. Without an empowered judge, and politics being what they are, the potential for miscarriages of justice in the service of ambition and advancement is clear.

Therefore I support Judge Cahill’s decision in the sentencing. I sincerely hope that Judge Cahill is not driven out of office by these power plays.

Marilyn Decker

Comments

Kim Chittick 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Ms. Decker, I have spent a fair amount of time in the courtrooms of both Judge's, Peter Cahill, and Robert Duber. I have also observed Assistant County Attorney Shawn Fuller in court.

Before I go any further, I will state unequivocally that I do not believe that ANYbody deserves respect simply by the office they hold. Their actions, behavior and comportment determine whether they are to be respected. In my opinion, neither Peter Cahill, nor Robert Duber is to be unilaterally respected. County Attorney Shawn Fuller, on the other hand, has always behaved with respect, restraint and professionalism. For him to have walked out of the courtroom, Mr. Fuller had to have been pushed beyond the brink of frustration, which after having observed both judges in action, I can fully understand.

Ms. Decker, have you ever heard the old sayings, "believe only half of what you read" and "take the media with a grain of salt"? I am appalled that you would actually write a letter such as you have and freely admit that "While I have no personal knowledge of the persons involved other than the Roundup report, it certainly seems to me that the behavior described at that event and the other times would (or should) “rise to the level of sanctionable conduct.”" Perhaps before writing a letter giving unqualified support and respect to the judges and finding the Attorney in the wrong, you should have spent some time observing each of them; then maybe you would be qualified to offer an opinion. However, simply reading a story in the newspaper does not afford you that qualification.

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Susan Imperatrice 5 months, 1 week ago

One thing you can believe is what you can hear for yourself. There is a full copy of the Bar Complaint Hearing available, I'm not sure why it is not posted with this story. To hear for yourself visit gila1019.com or try this link. Any Payson resident with questions can call me at 928-961-2700.

http://news.gila1019.com/the-unfounded-state-bar-complaint-against-chief-deputy-prosecutor-shawn-fuller/link text

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