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"A Day in the Life of A District Judge" was first aired on Sunday November 17th 2013. Our Guest was Bill Graves, Judge of the District Court.
Our topics included:
- Discuss his recent Law Review article that relates to the Supreme Court’s decision applying the Bill of Rights to the States.
- Why he wrote it and why he is concerned about it.
- What he has found to be the intent of the first Congress in creating the Bill of Rights.
- What the Constitution says about the incorporation through the 14th Amendment of the Bill of Rights.
- How he explains the apparent change of thought the Supreme Court has engaged in in incorporating the Bill of Rights to be applicable to the States.
- He notes in the article he has some concern about the validity of the 14th Amendment, what that is based on.
- As a District Court Judge in Oklahoma County, he handles primarily if not exclusively civil cases.
- His preference between civil and criminal and why.
- His view about the wisdom of requiring Judges to run for election/re-election in their county.
- Potential danger or concern in Judges having to solicit political contributions (primarily from lawyers).
- How Oklahoma County’s system is running currently.
- Number of cases he might have at any given time and his ability to keep up with them without having assistance from a Law Clerk.
- If he could, the one change he would make to the system to make his job more effective.
Judge Graves, Mick Cornett, Kent Meyers