Judge Anna Diggs Taylor will receive some of the same kind of treatment that Circuit Court Judge George W. Greer in Pinellas County, Fla, did during the Terri Schiavo saga.
Greer has been described as a "compassionate conservative" and a deeply religious man — yet he has become the radical anti-abortion movement's public enemy number one. He has been at the center of controversy for seven years now because the case involving Terri Schiavo happened to end up in his court. The New York Times ran a front-page piece on Greer the other day. This is a judge who has been forced to make some tough decisions. Throughout the ordeal, one never got the impression that his opinions were anything but carefully weighed and deliberated. He has always treated both sides with civility and respect. And although he must be frustrated over the Florida legislature's constant grandstanding over this issue, Judge Greer has remained cool and calm on the bench.
Randall Terry, an anti-abortion activist who has a very dark past (Read WOC for background) said that Judge Greer just wanted Schiavo dead. So I'm sure that's what we'll be hearing about Judge Taylor.
Greenwald has compiled some of the right wing vitriol directed at Diggs Taylor in his last update:
So, so far we have - (1) the Judge was appointed by Jimmy Carter; (2) the Judge is African-American and works on "civil rights" matters; (3) she is insane; (4) she does not take terrorism seriously; (5) this is a victory for the terrorists; (6) President Bush should defy the Order. That's a predictable enough beginning, but the smear machine is going to have to work a little harder, because that is not all that impressive of an attack so far. I recommend the Free Press profile -- read that and decide if her abilities and fairness can be legitimately demonized.
The Cowardly Lion, Hugh Hewitt calls her "the Ned Lamont judge." Funny how he urges Republicans to vote for Lieberman. He should listen to Jonathan Turley sometime. I believe Turley knows a bit more about the Constitution than he does. The Freepers wrote a song for Nancy Pelosi: "Nancy Pelosi, we plead…put on a burqa, please"
Here's more of the hate that Judge Greer had to endure:
via ST Peter's Times
Some of the hundreds of e-mails and letters he gets call him a "murderer." "Are you related to (Josef) Mengele, or just a student?" one man wrote, referring to the ruthless Nazi doctor. "The really difficult part of this job," Greer said, "is that you can't defend yourself."
The world knows so much about Schiavo's life, but little about the 63-year-old Greer. Greer, vilified by many religious protesters, is a church regular. He also is a conservative Republican in a state whose conservative Republican governor tried to overturn one of Greer's orders. "George is the religious right," said lawyer David Kurland, a longtime frien
"I think he's a little quieter, a little more reserved, not around friends but around other folks," said Ed Armstrong, a Clearwater lawyer and close friend. "I don't think he has enjoyed being in the spotlight."
Neither Armstrong nor Greer will discuss one thing few know about Greer: In 2002, the judge offered to donate one of his kidneys to Armstrong, who needed a transplant. Armstrong found another donor. "If the critics knew the man, they wouldn't say some of the things they do about him," Armstrong said. Greer said he is sometimes baffled by the more hateful criticism. He said his faith has not been shaken.
"What's so exasperating is that my faith is based on forgiveness because that's what God did," Greer said. "When I see people in my faith being extremely judgmental, it's very disconcerting." But he follows the law, he said. "There are no Ten Commandments out there," he said, pointing to his outer office. "My oath is to follow the law, and if I can't follow the law, I need to step down," he said. Critics who condemn him in the religious press, he said, "have nothing to do with my relationship with God. They can't affect it."
He accepts the security precautions, Greer said, as a necessary inconvenience. But he acknowledges that his wife worries...