Editorial | For the Republicans: Randy Rosenbaum

Editorial | For the Republicans: Randy Rosenbaum

Judicial races in Illinois ought to be about judgment, experience and temperament.

As the March 20 primary election approaches, Republican voters in the six-county Sixth Judicial Circuit (Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie, and Piatt counties) have a choice to make between two candidates for their party's circuit judge judicial nomination.

They are Randy Rosenbaum, the former Champaign County public defender who was appointed by Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman to fill a vacant judicial seat, and local lawyer Sami Anderson.

The winner will face Democrat Chad Beckett in the November election.

The main difference between Rosenbaum and Anderson is easily understood and makes all the difference in the world.

Although a relative rookie as a judge, Rosenbaum is a veteran lawyer. Anderson has some experience as a lawyer, but is minimally prepared to become a judge by virtue of her relative youth and brief experience.

Frankly, in terms of qualifications, this should be no contest.

During his years leading the public defender's office, Rosenbaum was involved in a wide variety of legal matters, representing indigent clients in adult and juvenile criminal cases as well as child abuse and neglect matters.

Now that he's a judge, Rosenbaum has been presiding in family court, an entirely different kind of education.

Stacking Rosenbaum's decades of experience against that of a relative newcomer in private practice tells the tale.

It's no secret that Anderson's professional ambition is to become a judge, and that's certainly a worthy goal. But filling that important job requires good judgment, an even better temperament and wisdom that comes from years of experience.

That's why Rosenbaum was appointed to fill this seat as a prelude to running himself. That's why Anderson has not been appointed when she joined numerous other applicants.

One has the confidence of legal colleagues and the other does not.

That's not to say that Anderson might not someday make a fine candidate for an associate judge or circuit judge. But that time is not — and should not be — now. Rosenbaum is endorsed for the GOP nomination.

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justsaying65 wrote on February 28, 2018 at 10:02 am

In the last 5 1/2 years, the Sixth Judicial Circuit has appointed 18 Judges.  Of the 18 appointments, 15 have been male and 3 have been female.  In the last 5 1/2 years, the Sixth Judicial Circuit has appointed 8 Circuit Judges.  Of the 8 appointments, all have been male.  In Champaign County, a female has never been appointed as a Circuit Judge.  Champaign County has one female Circuit Judge and she had to run for election to secure that seat in 2004.  Retired Judge Dan Flannel was 36 when he was elected as Circuit Judge.  Judge Karl Koritz was 37 and was a licensed attorney for 9 years when he was appointed as a Circuit Judge.  Judge Jeff Ford was a licensed attorney for 8 years when he became a Judge.  Retired Judge Jack Delamar was a licensed attorney for 9 years when he became a Judge.  Retired Harold Jenson was a licensed attorney for 12 years when he became a Judge.  Justice Robert Steigmann was a licensed attorney for 8 years when he became a Judge.  Was any of this research done before concluding that Sami Anderson was different than the males who came before her?  With these statistics and the history of inequality on our bench, I am not surprised that Sami Anderson did not receive the endorsement of the News-Gazette.  

Mocha15 wrote on February 28, 2018 at 10:02 am

It seems interesting to me that the News Gazette (or the conveniently unidentified author of this piece) chooses to endorse Rosenbaum for a GOP nomination, when he is not a Republican which is well known and is evidenced by his 2016 pulling of a democratic primary ballot (which is not the first time he has done so, but is the most recent).  This endorsement is merely code for when trying to maintain the status quo of only appointing men to hold judicial circuit seats, the powers that be will stoop so low as to masquerade a Democrat as a Republican.  In the Judicial Forum, hosted in part, by the News Gazette, Rosenbaum, with all of his ""experience" stated that by the time a juvenile reached the Courtroom, it was too late for them.  As someone with "experience" one would think that Rosenbaum would know the difference between a juvenile court and and adult court as this is criminal justice 101.  Rosenbaum's appearance at the forum reads more like an interview for a public defender's position, not one of a judge, which after his failure to understand the basics of criminal justice, the basics that any freshman studying criminal justice would know, makes me think, he is not even qualified for that.  Rosenbaum's "experiences" are limited at best, at worst, based upon his own words at the forum hosted by this "endorser" reflects experiences rooted in mediocrity and limited understanding of the fundamental design of our judicial system.  But he is a man, which apparently trumps the facts that he is:  (1) A democrat; (2) Dishonest; and (3) Unqualified. http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/letters-the-editor/2018-02-27/rosenbaum-shows-lack-integrity.html

watersg9 wrote on February 28, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Interesting, Erika Harold was licensed to practice law the same year as Sami Anderson.  Yet Erika Harold is qualified to be Attorney General for the State of Illinois.  It appears there is a double standard being applied to Sami Anderson. 

Thewatcher wrote on March 01, 2018 at 10:03 am

I would question anyone that listens to the letter to the editor from Marvin Gerstein.  He has twice lost his license to practice in Illinois and was given court supervision for stealing from Schnucks.

Mr Dreamy wrote on March 02, 2018 at 8:03 am

TheWatcher, anonymous posters are not immune from libel laws. You better make sure your facts are straight or the discovery process of lawsuits will cause the NG to be forced to reveal who you are. Then the fun begins.

Check your facts, issue a correction if you see fit, or understand there may be consequences. 

Have a nice day.

Dan Corkery wrote on March 02, 2018 at 9:03 am
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To Thewatcher and Mr Dreamy:

According to the ARDC website, Marvin Gerstein is retired and no longer licensed to practice law in Illinois. 

During his legal career, the ARDC reports, his law license was SUSPENDED two different times (30 days in November 2002, and 60 days in November 2007). In 1991, he was censured.

Dan Corkery

managing editor


wykhb wrote on March 02, 2018 at 5:03 pm

Actually I think the fun really begins when your account is suspended for making consistent baseless threats, surely you checked the facts in the Terms Of Service Agreement when you signed up your sock account, and clearly you have disregarded that contract.  

I would say have a nice day, except I could potentially be sued for a fraudulent statement.  :-)

Mr Dreamy wrote on March 02, 2018 at 11:03 am

Mr. Corkery, Mr. Gerstein was not charged with Theft and placed on Court Supervision.

Times v Sullivan won’t protect you, since you know enough to research the ARDC you should know how to check local court records. Conscious reckless disregard for the truth, sir, is actionable.

Since you have weighed in, perhaps a cause of action should include you personally as well as the NG.

Dan Corkery wrote on March 02, 2018 at 1:03 pm
Homeboy wrote on March 02, 2018 at 4:03 pm

Well Mr Dreamy to paraphrase my kids Mr Corkery threw shade your way. I don’t know if Mr Dreamy is an attorney but if he is I hope he is never mine.

wykhb wrote on March 02, 2018 at 5:03 pm

Mr Dreamy comes screaming in, threatening lawsuits for everyone simply for expressing their rights to free speech, but fails to provide evidence that what was said is untrue. 

There is a difference between libel, speculation, and simple ignorance, so you are correct in stating that Mr Dreamy has zero credibility or common sense and should never be allowed to have any position of power over another person. 

To paraphrase more kids, Mr Corkery did indeed Pwn this person.

Also, this person is a moron, I will await my subpoena.  :-/

Mr Dreamy wrote on March 03, 2018 at 8:03 am

Mr. Corkery, I apologize. My research did not show Gerstein’s theft charge. You are right and I was wrong.

I am troubled when false accusations are thrown about. I rose in defense. I was wrong.

My apologies.