D'Metria Benson Queen of the Texas Mandamus


D’Metria was re-elected.  Another chance, a fresh start!

Even a cursory review of appeals, interlocutory appeals and mandamae in the Fifth District Court of Appeals indicates D’Metria cannot change.

This website will be on summer vacation.

Certainly, enough information has been shared to make a difference.

Let’s see if it does.

Back this autumn with the naive and simple questions raised by

Williams-Yulee v. the Florida Bar


The concept of public confidence in judicial integrity does not easily reduce to precise definition, nor does it lend itself to proof by documentary record. But no one denies that it is genuine and compelling,” Roberts wrote. “In short, it is the regrettable but unavoidable appearance that judges who personally ask for money may diminish their integrity that prompted the Supreme Court of Florida and most other states to sever the direct link between judicial candidates and campaign contributors. As the Supreme Court of Oregon explained, ‘the spectacle of lawyers or potential litigants directly handing over money to judicial candidates should be avoided if the public is to have faith in the impartiality of its judiciary.’ In re Fadeley, 310 Ore. 548, 565, 802 P. 2d 31, 41 (1990).”

Roberts also addressed claims that the direct solicitation prohibition was essentially meaningless since judicial “The candidates could easily find out who had contributed and even write thank you notes to contributors.

“It is always somewhat counterintuitive to argue that a law violates the First Amendment by abridging too little speech,” Roberts wrote. “ . . . . The solicitation ban aims squarely at the conduct most likely to undermine public confidence in the integrity of the judiciary: personal requests for money by judges and judicial candidates. The Canon applies evenhandedly to all judges and judicial candidates, regardless of their viewpoint or chosen means of solicitation. And unlike some laws that we have found impermissibly under inclusive, Canon 7C(1) is not riddled with exceptions. . . . Indeed, the Canon contains zero exceptions to its ban on personal solicitation.”

Poll Finds Republicans and Democrats Agree

Campaign Finance Is a Disaster


You can always go to the county filings and review the donations.

But yes, this is a rotten, rotten system.

There are many, many law firms that have copies of this site as well, contrary to the terms and conditions found on the site!

Call them.  They have the list.

This vacation is for me, very real, and earned.


Ella Wheeler Wilcox from Poems of Purpose, 1916

To sin by silence, when we should protest,
Makes cowards out of men. The human race
Has climbed on protest. Had no voice been raised
Against injustice, ignorance and lust,
The Inquisition yet would serve the law,
And guillotines decide our least disputes.
The few who dare, must speak and speak again
To right the wrongs of many. Speech, thank God,
No vested power in this great day and land
Can gag or throttle. Press and voice may cry
Loud disapproval of existing ills,
May criticise oppression and condemn
The lawlessness of wealth-protecting laws
That let the children and child-bearers toil
To purchase ease for idle millionaires.

Therefore do I protest against the boast
Of independence in this mighty land.
Call no chain strong which holds one rusted link,
Call no land free that holds one fettered slave.
Until the manacled, slim wrists of babes
Are loosed to toss in childish sport and glee,
Until the Mother bears no burden save
The precious one beneath her heart, until
God’s soil is rescued from the clutch of greed
And given back to labor, let no man
Call this the land of freedom.