“Judiciously Empathetic” Thompson Nominated to 1st Circuit
President Obama has nominated O. Rogeriee Thompson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. This is the same Judge Thompson, who, as Bob Kerr recently explained, “granted continuance after continuance as [Pocahontas] Cooley claimed various physical ailments or requested additional evidence…” in Cooley’s attempt to take over former-boyfriend Paul Kelly’s home. (Justin has written extensively about this case). In particular, the impression that emerges of Thompson is that of a judge showing a liberal amount of “judicial empathy” to Cooley and not so much to Kelly. As Justin detailed:
[Cooley’s] first ploy was to demand thirteen subpoenas for information — some of which actually proved to support the case against her, and all of which Judge Thompson granted at taxpayer expense. During one subsequent appearance in court, Cooley insisted that she was awaiting subpoenaed information from the Pentagon, a clear impossibility. At other times, she challenged the reality of Kelly’s deployment.
In December, she had the good fortune to fall on the way into the courthouse. In the intervening months, Ms. Cooley has appeared in court on a regular basis, each time finding ways to err in her attempts to prove that she is not physically capable of a hearing. While granting continuance after continuance, the judge has provided Cooley with further instructions on acquiring the proper doctor’s note.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kelly is living in his sister’s basement (without his dogs), awaiting his next chance, on May 29, to receive a hearing date at last. Judge Thompson rotates out of the county at the end of June, at which point she may either take the case with her or leave it for one of her peers — one more whim over which Kelly is powerless. Even more so is Thompson’s potential elevation to federal court a variable in his fate.
One wonders if Thompson’s recent finding that Kelly is in the right and that the home is indeed his own was prompted by word that she would, indeed, be so elevated.