Commentary: Trump, The Courts, The Constitution, Tomcats And Marriage Licenses

first_imgCommentary: Trump, The Courts, The Constitution, Tomcats And Marriage LicensesNovember 23, 2018  By John INDIANAPOLIS – In the summer of 2016, while the presidential campaign raged, I ran into a lawyer with impeccable Republican and conservative credentials at the Statehouse.We stopped to chat and the conversation, naturally, ran to politics.At one point, he shook his head and said he couldn’t support Donald Trump.John Krull, publisher,“For now, I’m just a Hoosier Republican. I can get behind the candidates here in Indiana, but not nationally,” he said.The breaking point, he explained, came when Trump attacked a federal judge, Gonzalo Curiel, who had the misfortune to draw a class-action lawsuit involving students who claimed to have been defrauded by Trump University.Trump claimed the judge couldn’t be impartial because he was “Mexican.” In fact, Curiel was born and educated here in Indiana.The facts, though, didn’t deter then-candidate Trump.“I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater. He’s a hater,” Trump said of Curiel in a speech.That speech appalled the conservative Hoosier lawyer.“When Trump attacked the judge, that was too much for me,” the lawyer said. “If you support the courts and the rule of law, you can’t stand for that.”Trump eventually settled the suit before Curiel’s court by agreeing to pay the aggrieved Trump University $25 million.I’ve thought of that conversation often in the past two years – generally when President Donald Trump has launched another attack on the courts or a judge.Those attacks have come often, because the courts have had frequent cause to curb the Trump administration’s assaults on liberty, due process and other enshrined American principles.This hasn’t happened because judges and courts “hate” Donald Trump.No, the president’s troubles with the judicial branch have occurred because, to use a great line uttered about a president from a much earlier era, Donald Trump “has about as much use for the Constitution as a tomcat has for a marriage license.”I’ve known a lot of judges in my career.The overwhelming majority take their jobs and their roles seriously. They could make a lot more money in private practice. They take their seats on the bench as an act of faith – an expression of their belief in the law and the law’s majesty.That said, they’re also human beings.They don’t enjoy being a blowhard’s political punching bag any more than the next person does.I’ve wondered since that talk with the lawyer when the judges were going to start pushing back against the president – and how they would do it.The moment came during Thanksgiving week.A federal district judge in San Francisco blocked the Trump administration from denying asylum to immigrants who cross the border illegally.“This was an Obama judge,” the president lashed out at Judge Jon S. Tigar. “And I tell you what, it’s not going to happen like this anymore.”That was too much for U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” Roberts countered in a statement. “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.”The chief justice’s public rebuke of the president was in many ways unprecedented.But, then, Trump’s conduct in office has been unprecedented.His attempts to undermine and defy the authority of the courts and the law have been more sweeping than anything Richard Nixon or Andrew Jackson – two presidents who also had strong authoritarian predispositions – ever contemplated. Time and again, this president has asserted that he is answerable to no one but himself and that he is above the law.Roberts’ rebuke was a long time coming but justified.It also had been predicted – sort of.Earlier this year, Judge Curiel ruled in favor of the president and rejected a challenge to Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.In his decision, Curiel noted the great political controversy aroused by the proposed wall and cited the legal reasoning of a “fellow Indiana native” who also was a judge.That fellow Indiana native?Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who was born in Elkhart.Hoosier lawyers – you’ve got to love them.FOOTNOTE:  John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.The City-County Observer post this article without opinion, bias or editing.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

2011 Flavor of Georgia

first_imgJam of Love is more than a business name for Emily Myers and Gina Bodell of Dunwoody: It’s a philosophy. Each jar of their traditional, all-natural jams are made in small batches and poured by hand. The duo’s Emily G’s Pear Honey Jam took top prize in the annual Flavor of Georgia food product contest Tuesday, March 22 at the Georgia Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta. Their jam beat out blueberry barbecue sauce, spicy pecans, coffee toffee, shrimp cakes, jalapeno tamales and coffee ice cream to capture the Grand Champion title at a ceremony led by Gov. Nathan Deal and Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black. Winners were selected in seven categories and were announced as part of Georgia Agriculture Day. The annual contest is conducted by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. “We are absolutely flattered to win this award,” Myers said. “There are so many great products represented here, and we are honored to win.”Pulling from their culinary backgrounds, Myers and Bodell were drawn to jam through trips to pick-your-own farms. “Three years ago we went to Washington Farms and picked way too many strawberries to eat, so we started making jams and had a lot of fun doing it,” Bodell said. Today, the pair makes 24 different flavors of jam ranging from Rhubarb Marmalade to Tipsy Onion and Garlic. Products can be found in more than 100 stores nationwide or purchased online at Pear Honey Jam was one of 21 products sampled and judged by a panel of food brokers, buyers and other food industry experts. Contestants were awarded points based on flavor, Georgia theme, unique or innovative qualities, commercial appeal and originality. Finalists were chosen from 89 entries from all across Georgia. “We typically see submissions from most of the major state commodities and have a broad representation,” said Sharon P. Kane, contest organizer and a UGA CAED food business development specialist. This year’s other final products included pork, Vidalia Onions and pecans as well as blueberries, milk and shrimp. “This contest is a way to develop food entrepreneurs and showcase their products,” said CAED director Kent Wolfe. “All contestants receive feedback from food industry leaders on packaging, ingredients and taste. And they have an opportunity to meet people who can help them grow their business.”Judges gave this year’s contestants the highest scores ever received at Flavor of Georgia. Scores were also the closest they’ve ever been in the five years of the contest. Only three to four points separated first place from third place in several categories. Category winners were: Barbecue and Hot Sauces – Kenneth Dasher of Hogwaller BBQ Sauce in Hoboken, Ga., won with Hogwaller ‘Blue Heaven’ Blueberry Gourmet BBQ Sauce.Confections – Beth Cleveland of Cleveland Organics in Fort Valley, Ga., won with Coffee Toffee. Dairy – Nicki Schroeder of High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet in Atlanta won with Caffeine and Cacao ice cream. Jams, Jellies and Sauces – Emily Myers and Gina Bodell of Emily G’s in Dunwoody won with Emily G’s Jam of Love: Pear Honey Jam. Meat and Seafood – Linda Whiddon of Dubberly’s Seafood in Savannah won with Sweet Savannah Shrimp Cakes. Other Products – Marco Martinez of 100% Artisan Foods LLC in Atlanta won with Jalapeno Tamales. Snack Foods – Beth Cleveland of Cleveland Organics in Fort Valley, Ga., won with Twisted Pecans. The people’s choice winner was Lauri Jo Bennett of Lauri Jo’s Southern Style Canning in Norman Park, Ga., for Lauri Jo’s Blueberry Pepper Jelly. Winners and finalists earn the right to have their products stamped with the 2011 Flavor of Georgia logo. “Flavor of Georgia is only a starting point for many of the category winners,” Kane said. She followed up with the 2010 winners and found that nearly 90 percent increased their sales and business contacts as a result of the contest. More than 80 percent experienced increased interest in their products, and 75 percent saw an increase in the publicity for their product. The annual food contest is sponsored by the UGA CAED in partnership with the office of Governor Nathan Deal, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Agribusiness Council, Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, Walton EMC and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Food Science and Technology.last_img read more

UW volleyball’s Caroline Workman to miss rest of season

first_imgSenior defensive specialist Caroline Workman will miss the remainder of the 2014 season after suffering a stress fracture in her left hip that will ultimately end her career, according to a statement from the team.An MRI Monday showed the results.The Los Angeles native saw increased court-time as this season progressed as a valuable member of the serving and back-court rotations. Workman recorded seven service aces this season, including a career-high two against Ball State in September. She played in 19 matches and recorded 37 digs.Last season, Workman missed the first 22 matches with a leg injury. After returning for five games, her season ended after falling ill in mid-November.Due to Workman’s senior standing, she will not be eligible to play again for Wisconsin. Fellow senior defensive specialist Kt Kvas is the likely candidate to fill the hole in the rotation.“It breaks your heart anytime a player’s career is shortened due to injury,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said in the statement. “Caroline has been knocked down a few times the past few years and has continually persevered and found her way back on the court – all with the typical positive Caroline spirit.  We are all happy that she will remain with the team and finish out her academic career as a Badger.”For her career as a Badger, Workman played in 83 matches with 30 starts. She finishes with 35 aces and 393 digs.Workman plans to graduate in May 2015 with a degree in life science communications.last_img read more