‘Judge’ Drew seals it: She’s so much better than the rest of us, ya know
BENTON—The little lady who “made history” in the Second Judicial Circuit by being the only female ever elected by voters to the bench has just given the public another reason to make “history” again—by being the first judge (that we know of) thrown OFF the bench by voters after one term.
Melissa Drew has managed to get the file on her divorce from fellow attorney Bryan Drew sealed. That’s right; sealed, as in the public doesn’t get to see it. At all. Period.
Not like there haven’t been messy divorces in front of “Judge” (at this point we’re using the term lightly) Drew in her almost-four years on the bench. Not like there haven’t been people who have probably told her that there were at least certain aspects of their divorces that would probably do well to be kept from the public—perhaps things that an employer, children or even parents might find out about a divorcing person that could cause grief, consternation and considerable embarrassment—and may have made such a request…which she likely firmly and unequivocally denied.
No, that’s not something that’s available to the rest of us peons…but it’s sure available to a JUDGE.
And the upper echelon of our society and governmental/legislative wonder why us lower-class citizens are so constantly pissed off at them. Helloooooo….why is this judge allowed preferential treatment over those whom she judges?
While in Benton with some time on our hands this afternoon, we thought we’d tool on up a few blocks and check out files in Franklin County’s courthouse, which we don’t have much of an opportunity to otherwise do. The first one that popped into our heads was the Drew divorce, which was filed in February and which we only learned about in early July. We pulled the case number up on the public terminal and requested the file. The deputy clerks there tossed the number around for a few seconds, then came back with the answer that we couldn’t see it, and at first, they couldn’t even tell us why. They had to go to a higher authority to confirm what we already suspected: it was “sealed.”
When we asked them to explain “sealed,” they told us it was impounded per judge’s order.
We asked which judge. We were told it was Judge Kelly. We said there’s no such judge in the Second Circuit. We were told to wait, they’d get their circuit clerk, Donna Sevenski.
Donna, a very pleasant lady, advised that Judge Kelly was actually a judge from the 20th Circuit…out of St. Clair County, part of the triune (St. Clair-Madison-Bond) of counties that forms the “judicial hell-hole” of southern Illinois because of the rampant corruption there.
We realize that a judge, going through a divorce, would have to have a judge from outside the circuit hear the matter…but out of the judicial hell-hole of southern Illinois? Boy, they picked a winner.
To make matters worse, the file wasn’t impounded until Aug. 10…about four days after we put up a post announcing that the Drews were splitting, and that we intended to go examine the file. Gee, wonder what THEY’RE so scared of? It was open to the media all along…until WE took interest in it. Who says we’re just a raggy little paper that doesn’t have a lot of influence in southern Illinois.
So it appears that the voting public really needs to examine the ballot come November 2012…that’s when Melissa Drew is up for retention. The vote, as in the case with all bad judges (and most mediocre ones) should be NO on the ballot. Don’t leave it blank; don’t vote yes. In order to get rid of a judge, the vote must be 60 percent NO. Blanks on that vote give the “yes” votes a better chance, because believe it when we say that the high-and-mighties will be campaigning to retain ALL judges, as they claim it’s a “non-partisan vote” (which is crap…Drew ran as a Democrat, which is why she’s in there in the first place…because Brian Shinkle, former Edwards County state’s attorney, ran on the Republican ticket…and everybody knows why Shinkle isn’t a judge…but Melissa is because she’s NOT Brian Shinkle).
And if you have a divorce in front of “Judge” Drew, maybe you should have the cajones to ask her if she’ll impound your divorce file…because, after all, she had the cajones to ask to have HERS impounded (at least, we think she did…we can’t even learn who asked).
Of course, maybe that’s why Bryan is divorcing her.
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