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US Judge Michael Baylson of Philadelphia: Judge Roy Bean Wannabee


FYI: Judge Roy Bean was an infamous Justice of the Peace and saloon owner in Texas who called himself the "The Law West of the Pecos." Roy was also affectionately referred to as the Hanging Judge.


The state of Wisconsin presented Michael M. Baylson with a law license in 1964 after he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


President George W. Bush was duped into appointing Mike as a District Court Judge in 20022. Mike didn’t receive the appointment because he was the most qualified attorney in the Milwaukee area. He received it due to the fact that he had proven to be a reliable lackey for the local political hacks.


Mike was 63-years-old when Bush appointed him to the federal bench. Who was the moving force that persuaded Bush to appoint this senior citizen to the bench?


In April 2014, Judge Baylson told an assistant U.S. Attorney that his decision to send only one prosecutor to his court was “unacceptable” and he was going to “insist, require” that two more lawyers be added to the case. Baylson went on to say:


“I can order the government to do certain things, and that's what I'm doing.”


Once the media reported on Judge Roy Bean’s order to the U.S. Attorney, he backed off by laughingly telling the Philadelphia Inquirer that “I was expressing a wish or a desire, not a formal court order.” Obviously, Mike missed his calling as a Standup Comedian.


Federal judges are allowed to assume senior status after 10 years on the bench. They then are only required to work 10-hours-a-week while being paid for a 40-hour work week. Baylson assumed senior status after serving 10 years and 24 days as a full time judge.


And lastly, since Baylson is over 70-years-old and has served 10 years, he is now entitled to a pension paying 100% of his salary, which would be $199,000 if he retired in June 2014.


As we speak (ca. June 2014), Mike continues to sit on the District Court in Philadelphia.



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