Is America a Police State? After many years as a practicing criminal defense attorney, Marc Victor decided to apply to become a superior court judge pro tem in Arizona. He was quite surprised when his application was approved. After being appointed he refused countless opportunities to cover court calendars he believed would contain predominately drug cases. As a principled libertarian superior court judge on the criminal bench, who refused to preside over victimless drug cases, he knew his time as a judge would be short-lived.
In his application, he disclosed that he was on the legal committee for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (“NORML”) as well as his associations with the Foundation for Economic Education, the Future of Freedom Foundation and CATO.
Determined to be honest and honorable, he decided to recuse himself on all drug-related cases. To avoid being accused of having a secret or illegitimate motives, he drafted a detailed six-page minute entry explaining the legal reasons underlying his anticipated recusal.
On what would be his first (and last) day he learned he had 7 drug-related matters on his calendar. He quickly arranged to have another judge handle these cases and he would take several non-drug cases in exchange.
After learning about Marc’s refusal to preside over victimless drug cases, the clerk e-mailed a copy of his recusal minute entry to her supervisor who forwarded it to the presiding criminal judge of the superior court. He was fired and told to leave immediately.
Today, Marc Victor is still a famed constitutional and civil rights lawyer. He is always on the news giving commentary about police corruption. If you care about freedom and I know you do, spend 30 minutes and get some chill bumps listening to what he has to say about the Police State.