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In Reply to: Re: I need a beer posted by TaterRed on May 09, 2011 at 21:32:42:
I think Tater has hit the nail on the head. As a judge who takes what I do seriously it saddens me to see a couple judges not only disregard their oath which is bad enough but to then insult the person who did the right thing and turn them in is inexcusable. What makes this even worse is their "Master Judge" status which (to me) is supposed to mean you're someone newer judges can look to for advice, suggestions and clarification of judging technique.
Maybe their recent celebrity went to their heads? I don't know them so I can't say. What does and has troubled me is the clear lack of stated consequences when it comes to violations. From everything I've read the only written consequence that applies is being removed from judging that event which was done.
I'm not a fan of retroactive rules so I'd not suggest writing one and then nailing them with it but it should be addressed for the future so it's clear what's at stake IF you decided to ignore your oath and should be a bit more strict for Master Judges. This becomes more important as the $$$ at these comps has grown. We're directly responsible for teams potentially getting (or not) thousands of $$$$ each time we sit so yeah, following the rules is important.
I do believe they owe a written apology to the person/people they offended but again feel they should not be told to do it. If they don't feel it's needed then forcing them would just be hypocritical and worthless. I do believe that they need to lose their article space in the Bullsheet for a while or permenently since they've shown they're in no position to give advice to others or be held up by KCBS as someone to admire or look up to Master Judge or not.
Just one judge's opinion.
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