The other day +Erik Tenkar posted this on his blog referencing this newspaper article on Peterson.
Clark and I have had our differences of opinion in years past, but I
genuinely feel bad for the guy for this. Every nutjob who ever stood
before him in court and lost, is now going to claim it was because Clark
was on the bench slaying dragons in his mind.
Clearly someone is trying to do a hatchet job on Clark here. He either
pissed someone off, screwed the wrong person over--intentionally or not,
or someone just wants his job, plain and simple. That's what's really
behind all this. They are using the nutjobs, from the paragraph above,
to make the stink from below.
And if there is nothing that a judicial branch of government hates more
than a stink on its reputation. It doesn't matter that Clark did
nothing wrong, technically. The appearance of impropriety is enough to
get the higher ups in judicial to put pressure on him to step down. We
have enough of that here, along with the nutjobs pressuring from below,
to get that pressure applied.
I hope Clark make it through this, but it will depend on how much stink
and pressure are generated, and how badly the guy who ordered the
hatchet job wants Clark out, and how much clout he has.
It's all politics and power plays. And that's a shame.
Edit to add: Don't read that much into his personal finances. In
divorces today it is common to have to claim bankruptcy to get out of
debt. You used to be able to refinance to do that, and also to get one
person off of the note, but with housing values shot to hell, that's not
usually possible anymore. Also, a second mortgage I would bet is part
of the dividing up the household assets as part of the divorce. There
may not have been enough liquidity to do so without it. Lastly, tons of
people who run their own businesses owe the gvt taxes. Expecially in
this economy, its hard to gauge how much to put aside, and if things
take a downturn, its easier to dip into the tax money and pay the rent
to keep the business going, hoping it will pick up and you can replenish
what you took, rather than to close up the business. What he owes
isn't a lot at all.
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