Saturday, October 17, 2020

Tulsa Beacon: Don’t retain Judge Jane Wiseman

Don’t retain Judge Jane Wiseman

Judge Jane Wiseman, who is on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, will be on the November 3 ballot for a retention vote.

In Oklahoma, voters can retain or dismiss judges on the Oklahoma Supreme Court of Criminal Appeals and the Court of Civil Appeals. Those are the three appellate courts in the state. (District court judges are not subject to retention votes but people can file and run against them). All judicial retention votes and races are nonpartisan.

Since the judicial reforms in the 1960s, Oklahoma has not dismissed a judge during a retention vote.

That’s an amazing statistic.

Why do judges always seem to get two-thirds yes and one-third no in statewide retention elections?

There are several reasons. One is that the vast majority of voters know nothing of the judges who will be on the ballot. So people tend to vote yes on all of the judges or no on all of the judges. No one – especially the liberal news media – delves into the records of the judges up for retention. It’s almost impossible to find information about them on the Internet.

And most of all, no one seems to care if bad judges get confirmed every six years.

Six years ago in October of 2014, Wiseman conducted the first legalized homosexual marriage in Oklahoma. The U.S. Supreme Court decided to make law by forcing states to permit men to marry men and women to marry women.

Wiseman, an active progressive, married two women editors from the Tulsa World. Wiseman couldn’t wait to break down the barrier of prohibition against homosexual marriage and to help dismantle traditional marriage.

That moral plank has been removed and Wiseman was pleased to force Oklahomans – who had passed a constitutional amendment in defense of marriage – to accept homosexual marriage without the inconvenience of public consent.

Remember Judge Jane Wiseman on November 3. The Tulsa Beacon endorses a no vote for the retention of Wiseman.


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