Monday, July 15, 2013
Judge Tim Sulak Demands $15 Million Taxpayer Ransom
"Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted."
Eighth Amendment, United States Constitution
Cahnman's Musings spent the morning at the 353rd District Court of Travis County, Judge Tim Sulak presiding. We were there to observe the Travis County Taxpayers Union's (TCTU) lawsuit against Austin Independent School district (AISD) we've discussed previously. To quote Wendy Davis, we witnessed a raw abuse of power.
Judge Sulak ruled in favor of the district. That wasn't surprising. The outrageous part was the shackles Judge Sulak put on a potential appeal.
Judge Sulak ruled TCTU must post a $15 million bond ($15,000,000) to protect the district before an appeal could proceed. Obviously, TCTU doesn't have that kind of money. In other words, a Democrat judge made it prohibitively expensive for a citizens group to petition their government for redress of grievances.
On one level, this isn't surprising. Judge Sulak and AISD are part of the Travis County's progressive mafia (Sidenote: This is the same progressive mafia that is protecting Rosemary Lehmberg). On the other hand, demanding a fifteen million dollar ransom to allow a citizens lawsuit against a governmental entity to continue is (to our knowledge) unprecedented.
In announcing his ruling, Judge Sulak admitted that, even if he disagreed with it, TCTU made a reasonable case against the district. Judge Sulak's ruling was designed to protect AISD from having the case heard in front of judges who aren't in the pocket of big education. This isn't over....
Readers can contact Judge Sulak via his campaign Facebook page.
Update: More from Fox 7 Austin: