|► Judge Michael Roith of Anoka, MN; arrogant, lifetime porker, Dufus|
Judge Michael Roith of Anoka, MN; arrogant, lifetime porker, Dufus
Judge Michael Roith has dedicated his insignificant legal career to porking out at the public trough. In 1984, then Governor Rudy Perpich was ill advised by local party hacks in the Minneapolis area to appoint Roith as a 10th District Court Judge. Prior to this appointment, Roith was employed as an assistant Anoka County Attorney and before that he was an assistant Hennepin Count y Public Defender.
On four occasions from 1986 through 2004, Judge Roith succeeded in duping the voters in Anoka County to re-elect him as a District Court Judge. However, in 2010 the voters wised up and sent Mike packing when they refused to re-elect him.
With the knowledge that no self-respecting law firm in the Minneapolis/St. Paul would offer him any meaningful employment, Mike decided to apply to the Minnesota Supreme Court for senior judge status. Senior Status (retired) judges are paid $350 a day plus travel expenses. This would be in addition to the pension Mike receives or is about to receive which will be somewhere around $6,500 a month.
Unfortunately for Mike, the Supreme Court refuses to appoint any judge to the lucrative senior judge position that was defeated at the polls, a fact well known to Judge Roith before he submitted his application. In denying Mike’s application, Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea told Roith in a letter that it would be inappropriate “to appear to circumvent the will of the electorate” and give him the position. (Star Tribune, David Chanen – 9/16/11)
University of Minnesota law professor Stephen Simon agreed with Chief Justice Gildea when he said, “The public decided a person shouldn’t be a judge. Therefore, why should the court ignore that? Otherwise, elections would be meaningless.” (Star Tribune, David Chanen – 9/16/11)
Mike the Arrogant Dufus
In his letter to Chief Justice Gildea, Mike had the chutzpah to say, “The reservoir of knowledge and experience I have amassed during my judicial career is a valuable asset to the citizens of Minnesota and should be lost to them.”
Clearly, Judge Roith missed his calling as a standup comedian. Patently, the voters decided he was a loser who did not deserve to remain on the bench.
I would suggest that Mr. Roith apply for a job as a greeter at Sam’s Club located on American Blvd. in Minneapolis. And if that doesn’t pan out he can enroll at the Minnesota Bartender’s School on University Avenue in Minneapolis.