March 29, 2005
Judge Greer's Assignment to the CaseTopics: Legal affairs
To clarify some questions that have been posted and repeatedly raised on how such a "friendly" judge to Michael Schiavo got assigned to the case, there is less conspiracy that most people imagine that was involved. Judges, when put on the bench are assigned to a particular areas of law. Some judges are criminal, some are civil, some are probate (like Judge Greer), some do family law, and so on. This particular case because of the issues involved as I understand them, fell under probate court.
There are probably a handful of judges that do probate, so that whittled the number that could be assigned down significantly. From there, cases may be assigned by the head judge (or other designated mechanism) usually be assigning the case (if unique) to the judge who has the best competency to deal with the case. Because of Judge Greer's significant involvement in the "right-to-die" movement, this fell right into his well-known competency. I'm not sure how many other judges have such views or competency, but I have heard the court as a whole is very much aligned with "right-to-die" views.
In the end, it was more a matter of coincidence that a sympathetic player was already on the court and likely to be assigned the case as opposed to some conspiracy to get him assigned. As a disclaimer this is how I understand the process to work in general, it may be lacking in the way it works in Pinnellas County as I have no specific knowledge of that court.
Posted by john at March 29, 2005 7:11 PM
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