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PNJ endorses James Owens opponent for Public Defender, yet endorsed Wilson Robertson WTF?

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After the bull shit Robertson pulled to get his friend a job, the stoopid paper still endorses him for reelection but they wont endorse Owen's for PD, why the hell not? Why are Robertson's misdeeds less of an issue than James Owens?

http://www.pnj.com/article/20120722/OPINION01/307220012/PNJ-Recommends-Bruce-Miller-public-defender?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Opinion

PNJ Recommends: Bruce Miller for public defender

On his campaign website, Bruce Miller, the challenger for the position of Public Defender of the 1st Judicial Circuit, is quite clear why he is running and why he feels it is imperative that he be elected: “The current administration of James Owens has failed.’’

We agree.

Miller, who has served 11 years in the Public Defender’s office, is our recommendation to replace James Owens for this vitally important position. They will meet in the Aug. 14 GOP primary election. The winner faces no opposition in the November general election.

Miller brings many qualifications to the position, yet one thing is clear: James Owens, elected four years ago, has indeed failed the public in his role and does not deserve another four years, regardless of qualified opponent. In truth, this race is more about Owens’ complete failure than anything else. And that failure has been stunning.

Instead of bringing a sense of fiscal responsibility and professional accountability to the office, as he promised, Owens’ tenure as public defender will be defined by an editorial cartoon penned by the News Journal’s Andy Marlette: the promotional poster for the 1970s movie “Animal House.’’ Only in this case, it’s not the drunken Bluto and his frat brothers from Delta House, it’s the 1st Circuit’s Public Defender’s office.

But there was, and remains, plenty of evidence to support that editorial cartoon.

During Owens’ tenure, we have seen the hiring of an 83-year-old political ally in a job that requires little of him but to show up and drink coffee, at a salary of more than $80,000. Yes, retired Col. Bud Day is a war hero. But this isn’t about Bud Day, it’s about Owens and favoritism and a misuse of taxpayer money.

We have seen his right-hand man and high school football buddy, Tony Henderson, resign amid charges that he sought sexual favors from an ex-client. The FDLE is investigating.

It’s not exactly a good thing when the FDLE starts investigating the lawyers.

And this list goes on: An assistant who suggested a client leave the country if the trial started to go south. Another who modified the photo of a female prosecutor and passed it around a bar. And yet another assistant who cursed law enforcement who dared to ask him to lower the volume of music at a gathering.

This isn’t a law office. It’s a middle school cafeteria.

This was all done under James Owens’ watch.

Miller is up to the challenge to bring professionalism back to this office. He understands the important role the office plays.

We believe a solid, no-nonsense professional like Miller is needed to fix the Public Defenders office and we wholeheartedly recommend him.

Otherwise, we’ll be treated to a sequel no one really wants: Animal House II.

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I don't know much about Owens, but I do know that District 2 (?) voters need to vote out Robertson asap. Not only is he incompetent; he plays to the "Christian right".

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Floridatexan wrote:
I don't know much about Owens, but I do know that District 2 (?) voters need to vote out Robertson asap. Not only is he incompetent; he plays to the "Christian right".

District 1. I didn't vote for Robertson the first time. Well, I voted for him in the August primary so I could help defeat Mike Whitehead, then voted against him in the general election. Whitehead is running against Janet Holley this time around. What a fool..... My gues is he figures he has already served 12 years in local elective office and wants to try and get that extra 8 so he can retire on the County nickle. I hope he is resoundingly defeated.

In Holley's case, I hope the advantage of incumbency works for her. In Robertson's case, I hope it doesn't help him. I also think Ernie Lee Magaha needs to be replaced, so I will be voting for Pam Childers.

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Floridatexan

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It seems to me the game is rigged in the County Clerk's race, and that's a terrible shame. I didn't know Magaha was double-dipping, but I did know that he ran a tight ship for many years and went up against some pretty formidable corruption. I hate to see him go. I just wish there was another alternative than Pam Childers. It looks like I won't be voting in that race.

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Did you see the police statements of the girl Owens and Henderson allegedly raped? It was terrible!

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I believe that since the PNJ is having a feud with Bud Day that is the reason they are supporting Owens' opponent. Bud Day supports Owens, so it would not look to good for PNJ's reputation(or lack thereof) to be showing support for Owens.

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Ghost_Rider1 wrote:I believe that since the PNJ is having a feud with Bud Day that is the reason they are supporting Owens' opponent. Bud Day supports Owens, so it would not look to good for PNJ's reputation(or lack thereof) to be showing support for Owens.


No, Owens has had quite a few public defenders that were a huge embarrassment.One got arrested, one got fired for having all these liquor bottles in his desk,Henderson was trying to trade sex w/ clients and on and on. Both Owens and Henderson were investigated by the Justice Dept. Henderson had to resign and is still under investigation.

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Dreamsglore wrote:
Ghost_Rider1 wrote:I believe that since the PNJ is having a feud with Bud Day that is the reason they are supporting Owens' opponent. Bud Day supports Owens, so it would not look to good for PNJ's reputation(or lack thereof) to be showing support for Owens.


No, Owens has had quite a few public defenders that were a huge embarrassment.One got arrested, one got fired for having all these liquor bottles in his desk,Henderson was trying to trade sex w/ clients and on and on. Both Owens and Henderson were investigated by the Justice Dept. Henderson had to resign and is still under investigation.

I do not believe that it was a coincidence that the same day that Col. Day voiced his support for Owens that the PNJ would throw their support behind Owens' opponent, specially in light of the expose' they did on Col. Day a while back.

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You think that's the only reason the PNJ did not endorse Owens? That all the other stuff palyed no part?Col. Day works for Owens so why wouldn't he support him?

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Dreamsglore wrote:You think that's the only reason the PNJ did not endorse Owens? That all the other stuff palyed no part?Col. Day works for Owens so why wouldn't he support him?

For the same reason that not every deputy sheriff in the department support Morgan. I did not say that there were other things that did not play a part, just that I do not believe in coincidences and it certainly is no coincidence that the PNJ released their support for Owens opponent the very same day that Col Day backed Owens.

OH BTW, since I always vote absentee, I have already voted and sent it back in and yes I did vote for Owens.

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My gripe is, if they oppose Owens, then they should opposed Wilson Robertson also, as neither deserve to be reelected.

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Ghost_Rider1 wrote:
Dreamsglore wrote:You think that's the only reason the PNJ did not endorse Owens? That all the other stuff palyed no part?Col. Day works for Owens so why wouldn't he support him?

For the same reason that not every deputy sheriff in the department support Morgan. I did not say that there were other things that did not play a part, just that I do not believe in coincidences and it certainly is no coincidence that the PNJ released their support for Owens opponent the very same day that Col Day backed Owens.

OH BTW, since I always vote absentee, I have already voted and sent it back in and yes I did vote for Owens.

Well, I'll be cancelling your vote. There's no way I'm going to vote for a public defender that kept a bunch of slugs on board and who's best friend traded sex for legal representation.

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X PNJ Moderator wrote:My gripe is, if they oppose Owens, then they should opposed Wilson Robertson also, as neither deserve to be reelected.

I agree!

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Dreamsglore wrote:
Ghost_Rider1 wrote:
Dreamsglore wrote:You think that's the only reason the PNJ did not endorse Owens? That all the other stuff palyed no part?Col. Day works for Owens so why wouldn't he support him?

For the same reason that not every deputy sheriff in the department support Morgan. I did not say that there were other things that did not play a part, just that I do not believe in coincidences and it certainly is no coincidence that the PNJ released their support for Owens opponent the very same day that Col Day backed Owens.

OH BTW, since I always vote absentee, I have already voted and sent it back in and yes I did vote for Owens.

Well, I'll be cancelling your vote. There's no way I'm going to vote for a public defender that kept a bunch of slugs on board and who's best friend traded sex for legal representation.

Or mine cancels yours, so what does it really matter. We both exercised our right to vote and since between me and you we will have to let the rest of the voters have their say.

When I went to research Owens opponent, I could not find anything about him except the propaganda that is put out by his own people and I refuse to vote for someone that I know nothing about. I have only seen 1 campaign ad for him and I certainly did not garner anything from that.

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