A Haunting in Wyoming

By on October 27, 2010

Jackson Hole, Wyo.-America’s current political landscape is tumultuous, to say the least. The conservative right accuses the liberal left of endangering our country’s political freedoms, and vice versa, and worrywarts from across the political spectrum anxiously pull out their hair, fearing that fundamentalist Islamic terrorists pose an imminent threat to our country.

CoverLeadWeb

It’s true that democracy in America is being threatened, but the greatest threat comes not from outside the borders of these “united” states – which seem as divided as they have been at any time since General Lee fought General Grant – but from within. And that threat: low voter turnout.

Sure, a higher percentage of voters went to ballot boxes across the nation in 2008 than in any presidential election since the 1960s, but take a look at voter turnout for general elections, and the political landscape looks as dreary as the setting of a Cormac McCarthy novel. Voter turnout in general elections has dropped from a high of nearly 49 percent in 1966 to an average of 37 percent since 1990.

The Center for Voting and Democracy notes that voter turnout rates for general elections in the United S. of A. are “substantially lower than in almost all established democracies; turnout is 70-75 percent in Canada and well over 80 percent in most other democracies.” The Center also attributes low turnout to “disengagement from the system because of perceived effectiveness of voting in changing policy decisions. As a result ‘established’ democracies with free elections usually have higher turnout than other states.”

So the question we face as Jackson Hole residents, Wyomingites and Americans on November 2 is this: How are we to sustain a vigorous democratic system, one we uphold as the lodestar for democracies the world around, if we are unwilling to participate in it?

The JH Weekly interviewed dozens of political candidates running in this election, and many of them were asked about the importance of voting in local and state elections.

Kiley Campbell, the Republican candidate for county coroner, said, “The power is still in the people, and if you want something out of your government, it’s incumbent upon you to participate.”

Campbell’s Democratic opponent, Brent “Doc B” Blue, sees local elections as “a true opportunity to be involved in how the world around us operates.”
Incumbent County Attorney Steve Weichman appealed to people’s inner nag, saying “If you don’t vote you can’t complain, and complaining is one of our most cherished gifts as American citizens.

Sandy Shuptrine, a candidate for Teton County Conservation District, is no stranger to public elections, having served four terms as a Teton County commish. She says voting in general elections is what democracy is all about.

“But it takes a little work to vote responsibly,” Shuptrine said. “Voters need to read about the candidates, listen to them. They need to investigate a little bit. It’s important for people to think about what they want their community to be and find the best candidate who will help do that.”

Jackson’s chief executive, Mayor Mark Barron, said that our local votes can have the most financial impact, given that local politicians levy many of the taxes that we pay: they control property taxes, food – and lodging – taxes, and sales tax.
After providing that response, Barron gave the most succinct and straightforward explanation for why we should all vote on Nov. 2: “It’s our responsibility.”
– Benjamin R. Bombard

Camenzind says a decade as mayor will be too long
This year’s mayoral race shapes up to be growth verses no-growth. Both sides will say they cannot be entirely defined by the labels, but community perception and campaign rhetoric leading into November 2 seems to indicate Jackson residents will be asked to decide their next mayor based on the quantity and quality of buildings between city limit signs.

The challenger, Franz Camenzind, says the Town of Jackson has grown too big and too modern for his tastes. The economic slowdown may have caught incumbent mayor Mark Barron in the middle of an untimely spending spree – vacant shops and restaurants, along with frozen construction sites, are evidence of Jackson’s mounting growing pains – but putting people back to work has never been more important to voters.

“We’ve been lucky to have some great financial years when we maybe spent too much in some places and not enough in others,” Camenzind said. “Some people feel they have been left behind in all the development. We need to get rid of [Planned Mixed Use Developments] and maintain our viewsheds.”

Barron asks, if not town, where? “If we truly care about wildlife in Jackson Hole then we have to provide mixed-use density in the Town of Jackson,” Barron said. “I continue to support smart growth principles.”

Camenzind, who spent 13 years with the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance protecting the area’s environment, says he doesn’t have a problem with building per se, it just needs to be done smarter.

“Let’s put a stop to the big buildings and concentrate on smaller buildings built locally for locals. Bigger buildings are a detraction from what Jackson Hole should be. Many of these bigger buildings are built and financed and owned by out of town people. I just don’t see what the benefit of these projects is,” he said.

Camenzind also said he wants Jackson to reflect the look of the people who founded the town. Camenzind wants to make Jackson look different from every other town in America. Aesthetically, he feels the architecture used should reflect the people who founded Jackson. “Preserving the historic look is in our best economic interests for the future,” Camenzind said.

Barron pointed to the success stories behind every two- and three-story building.
“I was a strong supporter of Center for the Arts,” Barron said. “It’s one of the biggest buildings in Jackson, but it is a world-class nonprofit that provides education and entertainment opportunities for the community and is a nationwide draw.”

Barron continued, “We have 200 nonprofits that are being housed in commercial zones. Many of them deliver great environmental services.”

Another source of friction between the two candidates is spending. When Barron took office in 2002, the Town of Jackson began its biggest growth spurt ever. Soon after fending off his only rival in eight years – challenger Mike Lance in 2008 – Barron has watched building permits fizzle to a trickle and declining revenue sap the Town’s budget. One perceived mammoth holdover from the glory days is the Home Ranch project.

The 3,200 square foot public restroom is expected to cost $3.4 million. One million dollars will come from the Special Purpose Excise Tax awarded to the Town in 2006, $500,000 will derive from a grant from the Wyoming Business Council, and $1.7 million is in grant money from the National Scenic Byway Program.

“The Home Ranch could be a real good, successful enterprise without spending $3.4 million, Camenzind said. “We should be trying to get the fiscal situation in town straightened out a little bit. All capital projects coming in should have a maintenance budget attached to them.”

Camenzind has also been critical of Barron’s eight-year run as mayor, speculating that one could get too cozy and develop lazy habits in office that long.
“It’s just human nature and tendency to fall into patterns of friendship and ways of thinking,” Camenzind said. “One of the reasons I left the Alliance, quite honestly, was I was losing my imagination, my creativity. I see patterns of comfort [in the mayor’s office].”

Barron pointed to his accomplishments.
“If you wonder whether I am sitting on my hands, look at the energy reductions we have accomplished with the 10 by 10 initiative,” Barron said. “Significant fuel reductions and other successes are not just blowing smoke; they are real, meaningful actions.”

Barron also said his energy efficient measures are sound fiscal policy that will ultimately generate savings in the face of declining revenues. “I will also continue to work with the Jackson Hole Land Trust and Teton County Conservation District to maintain open space and good environmental stewardship,” he said.
– Jake Nichols

TALE OF THE TAPE:
Mark Barron
Google or Bing: Google
Instant replay in baseball: No, though I do support the umps huddling together and getting the call right.
Last good movie: Secretariat, Wall Street, The Town, Red.
Last bad movie (and can you walk out on a bad movie or are you the type that has to see it through to the bitter end?): I tend to remember the good things in life. I can’t remember the last time I walked out on a movie.
What’s on your iPod right now: Young Dubs, Dire Straits, Rolling Stones, Black Eyed Peas.

Franz J. Camenzind
Google or Bing: Google
Instant replay in baseball: Yes, but not on balls and strikes.
Last good movie: Salt. That was a high-energy movie. But, in general, in Jackson, my movie is outside.
Last bad movie (and can you walk out on a bad movie or are you the type that has to see it through to the bitter end?): Untouchables. (Mentions the infamous bat scene.) Life is too precious to spend time on a bad movie. I walk out.
What’s on your iPod right now: Van Morrison, Townes Van Zant, Warren Zevon, Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle, Bruce Cockburn, James McMurtry.

Jobs, economy drive race
The Town Council race features four candidates after two seats. Both Melissa Turley and Bob Lenz are finishing up their inaugural four-year terms and are seeking reelection. They are challenged by two real estate brokers – Michael Pruett and Ray Elser – with extensive experience on the Town Planning Commission.
Jobs and the economy were of concern to the challengers. Lenz has always championed slow-to-no-growth with sidewalks and Turley wants a vibrant community that bikes to work.

“People see all these rentals in the paper and think the affordable housing issue is not important or over,” Turley said. “But we should not back peddle now. That’s something I bring to the Council. I am by far the youngest, with a young child, and the decisions I make are based on those things.”

Lenz is interested in preserving the character of downtown Jackson … as long as its residents are. “It’s your town, it’s your money,” Lenz said. Obtaining land for the START Bus and keeping the Home Ranch a parking lot not a development site are two of Lenz’s priorities.

“We have a whole new world in front of us,” Elser said. It’s about jobs right now. How do we get people back working? Why is the main concern affordable housing? Not to make light of affordable housing, but more people are worried about putting food on the table.”

Pruett calls himself a skilled negotiator who “knows how to listen and how to be firm without being adversarial.” He supports the Town As Heart concept and is ready to help move the economy forward. – Jake Nichols

TALE OF THE TAPE:
Melissa Turley
Google or Bing: Google
Instant replay in baseball: Don’t watch baseball but just got a TV.
Last good movie: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Last bad movie (and can you walk out on a bad movie or are you the type that has to see it through to the bitter end?): Date Night – it wasn’t awful but it wasn’t good. I can walk out on a movie.
What’s on your iPod right now: Norah Jones, Jack Johnson, and Puff the Magic Dragon (I have an 18-month-old).

Bob Lenz
Google or Bing: ?
Instant replay in baseball: No.
Last good movie: Secretariat.

Last bad movie (and can you walk out on a bad movie or are you the type that has to see it through to the bitter end?): Eat, Pray, Love. That was a lousy movie. I can walk out but I usually see it through to the end.

What’s on your iPod right now: Oldies. Music that has a melody with words you can understand and verses that make sense.

Ray Elser
Google or Bing: Google, but I do use Bing sometimes.
Instant replay in baseball: No.
Last good movie: True Grit.
Last bad movie (and can you walk out on a bad movie or are you the type that has to see it through to the bitter end?): Anything with Steven Seagal.
What’s on your iPod right now: George Strait.

Michael Pruett
Google or Bing: Google
Instant replay in baseball: No.
Last good movie: Lonesome Dove.
Last bad movie (and can you walk out on a bad movie or are you the type that has to see it through to the bitter end?): The Watchman. I usually stick it out.
What’s on your iPod right now: Country and Christian music.

Out of left field, Blenkinsop challenges Weichman
The race for Teton County attorney could be one of the most hotly contested votes this election season. The fact that it’s even a bipartisan contest is something of a surprise.

The day before the August 17 primaries, it looked like incumbent Steve Weichman (Rep.) would run unopposed in the general election. Then this Greg Blenkinsop guy comes out of left field and grabs the Democratic spot on the Nov. 2 ballot thanks to a grassroots write-in campaign.

Blenkinsop served 10 years as the Teton County public defender before departing to take a short-term position in Sweetwater County. Like a kung fu student after months of rigorous training at the Shaolin Temple, he returned to Jackson in April and now finds himself challenging Master Weichman, a 14-year incumbent whose career with the County attorney’s office stretches all the way back to 1989.
Reflecting back on their careers, Blenkinsop and Weichman both demonstrate their admiration and enthusiasm for American jurisprudence. Blenkinsop said the most satisfying case he ever tried before a court was that of Randal Cosgrove in 2008. Cosgrove was accused of trying to murder his soon-to-be son-in-law in 2007. With Blenkinsop and Traci Sampson as his attorneys, a jury acquitted him of the charges.

In a recent phone interview, Weichman demonstrated a lawyer’s keen appreciation for the power and lasting impact of one’s choice of words. He spoke slowly, deliberately, as if he were reading the words off the page as he wrote them down in finely structured cursive.

Asked to recall the best case he ever tried, he named the trial in May of Stephen Westmoreland, who was accused of illegally shooting a grizzly bear. Weichman was the prosecuting attorney in the case. Though a jury delivered the guilty verdict he sought, Weichman expressed his sympathy for Westmoreland, saying, “People didn’t understand what a great member of the community he was, and how hard this whole thing was.”

“It’s a case I never wanted, that’s for sure. But I feel like justice was done,” Weichman said.

Get to know your future county attorney
Both Weichman and Blenkinsop are fans of the discontinued TV courtroom drama “Law and Order.” Weichman said the show was “the most realistic reproduction of the heart and soul of the criminal justice system.”

Blenkinsop said his favorite thing about being a lawyer is interacting with people both in and out of the court. “I love being in the courtroom and I love being challenged in a fast-paced environment, working with people from all different backgrounds,” he said.

As for Weichman, he enjoys the words of appreciation he says he’s received from likely voters, whom, he says, have validated his mission as County Attorney to be “the guy does not have a big ego, really cares about people, and works hard.”
When he’s not working, Blenkinsop says he can usually be found reading the news magazines Newsweek, Time and, his personal favorite, The Week.
Asked what he does in his free time, Weichman said he either spends time with his wife and daughter or heads off to the mountains, with a fly rod or an ice axe in hand, although he gave that answer in the stead of another deeply humanistic response that he asked remain confidential. Suffice to say that if you knew and believed that answer, you’d be inspired and would hold the guy in much higher esteem.

They said it …
Blenkinsop: “[U.S. Supreme Court Justice] Sandra Day O’Connor had a common sense approach and was very willing to think about things from everyone’s perspective and cross party lines. I really did admire her.”
Weichman: “I don’t have a favorite [U.S. Supreme Court Justice]. I am alternately pleased and upset with all of them. They are men and women of unbelievable commitment and intellect, and collectively they are the ultimate standard of justice and the application of the rule of law.”
– Benjamin R. Bombard

Blue aims to break family’s hold on coroner
When I joined the JH Weekly team back in July, I was asked to find a subject for my first cover story. I can’t quite remember how the Teton County coroner’s primary election first caught my attention, but I do remember my initial reaction to that discovery: What the hell does a coroner do?

Turns out a coroner declares the cause of death when people in Teton County die violently, suddenly and unexpectedly, or when their death is suspicious or unattended by a physician. They transport the body to the morgue, arrange for autopsies to be conducted and they bear the unenviable responsibility of contacting the deceased’s relatives.

(Shameless self-promotion: If you’re looking for a more comprehensive job description, check out my article “A Case for the Coroner,” which can be found online at jhweekly.com.)

A coroner, I initially assumed, must be a particularly macabre individual to want to confront death with any frequency. But after talking with the five candidates competing for the position in August’s primary election, they all came across as unexceptional in their strangeness. The $40,000-a-year paycheck for part-time work that comes with the position probably figures into the decision of some who run for coroner.

This year’s primary election is the first time in 20 years that Bob Campbell’s name won’t appear on an election ballot for Teton County coroner. That’s because after serving five terms in office, he abandoned the position in August under rather ignominious circumstances. However, this year’s ballot will still bear the Campbell name, as Bob’s son Kylie emerged as the Republican challenger to the Democratic candidate, local physician Brent “Doc B” Blue.

And don’t ask why the race for county coroner is a partisan one: the candidates themselves couldn’t offer a convincing explanation.

On paper, Blue is the stronger candidate. He’s been a medical professional for 25 years and currently practices family medicine at the Emerg-A-Care clinic. He also sits on the Teton County Board of Health.

Kiley Campbell, an evidence technician for the Jackson Hole Police Department, has gained knowledge of the position as a deputy coroner, so he comes with some experience. But after much research into the responsibilities of the office and how it is performed elsewhere, I’m convinced that a medical background is integral to the proper performance of the job.

Get to know your future coroner
In his personal time, Blue is an avid aviator, a passion he developed as a child growing up in Louisville, Kent., next to an airport. He owns three airplanes, and he recently finished building an experimental airplane called the “Blue Bear.” It would follow that Blue’s favorite dead people are Orville and Wilbur Wright, the godfathers of human aviation. The Doc has a soft spot for Italian red wine, Barolo’s from Italy’s Piemonte region.

Kylie Campbell has a common guilty pleasure: bacon. He’s a Scotch enthusiast, both of the aged alcoholic drink – he prefers a 12-year-old Glenfiddich served up at Ignight – and the historic traditions of his ancestral homeland. If given the opportunity to BS with a dead person, he’d want to chat about family history with Archibald Campbell the 2nd Earl of Argyle.
They said it …
Blue: “I think people deserve to know how a loved one or friend died, to know the true and exact causes based on more than off-the-cuff opinions.”

Campbell: “The person in the coroner’s office needs to take the time to investigate suspicious deaths. It’s important to have a good investigator in there.”
– Benjamin R. Bombard

Fitness matters for county employee
Just one question: have you thanked your county clerk today? There are lots of reasons to be thankful for this person. If you have ever applied for a marriage license, bought a vehicle, benefitted from an establishment holding a liquor license, played bingo, or received a birth certificate, you have a county clerk to thank. He or she is the person responsible for issuing licenses and maintaining county records among other things. They even hold an important role in this election, being responsible for voter registration and the filing of documents from candidates. The best way to thank your Teton County clerk this November will be to inform yourself, choose the best candidate and go out and vote!

For someone whose job sounds like a lot of paper pushing, Sherry Daigle really loves her work. Daigle is currently Teton County’s clerk and hopes to hold onto the position following the coming election. In a recent phone conversation, Daigle sounded alert but relaxed and laughed easily, all good signs that she wasn’t sleeping on the job but actually quite engaged. Answering my questions with unexpected enthusiasm, Daigle insisted that the position of county clerk is not as monotonous as it sounds. Every day is different, she says. There is such an array of issues that even something as mundane sounding as issuing vehicle titles keeps her on her toes.

Being able to stay on ones toes, as it turns out, is literally in the job description. A search for county clerk job descriptions brought up an amusing requirement for physical fitness that included the ability to sit, stand, walk, have fine motor skills and occasionally lift up to 10 pounds. Although Daigle doesn’t have time to go to the gym, she says that she maintains her fitness by keeping up with her two children, one in high school and the other in fourth grade. Daigle, who grew up in Jackson Hole, also gets regular cardio workouts by engaging in the typical Jackson Hole lifestyle of boating, swimming and hiking.

Ask Sherry Daigle’s philosophy towards work and you will receive a simple and honest answer: if your heart isn’t in what you are doing then you can’t do your best so it’s time to move on. Daigle’s heart is in the right place at the Teton County clerk office and she hopes to be around for a long time.

Kyle Burson isn’t the kind of person who looks for the spotlight, so the behind-the-scenes work of a county clerk, he figures, might be right up his alley. Being county clerk, however, was never part of his dream. As a young man growing up in Michigan (for those wondering, he is a Detroit Pistons fan), Burson dreamed of more heroic lines of work as a policeman or fireman. Life took him in a different direction. Twenty-three years ago, he landed in Jackson and today he is employed in marketing and sales. Currently, Burson runs the in-store demos at a local Jackson grocery store. He says that his marketing experience will give him the knowledge necessary for this next big pursuit as a county employee.

When asked about his rigorous cross-training fitness regiment in anticipation of the new job, Burson says that he is trying to spend more time on his red 21-speed cruiser. Though he holds no gym memberships, he also trains by taking advantage of Jackson’s summer outdoor sports offerings. Winter finds him mostly at home as winter sports have never been to his liking and he now considers himself too old to learn to ski.
– Katherine Pioli

Five Candidates vie for three spots
Even though five candidates are vying for three open seats on the Board of County Commissioners, there is a chance all but one could win a spot.
Paul Vogelheim (R), Hank Phibbs (D), and Ben Ellis (D) are all seeking reelection to the Board. They are challenged by Scott Anderson (R) and Peter Moyer (R). If the primary results are any indication, the race will be razor close.
A total of 4,190 (43 percent) registered Democrats turned out in August. Registered Republicans showed up in better numbers, sending 5,369 (65 percent) to the polls for the primary. Given that discrepancy and the fact that Ellis and Phibbs ran unopposed on the Democrat ticket it’s difficult to draw accurate conclusions from the primary results but Ellis and Phibbs received 1,386 and 1,356 votes, respectively. The lowest vote-getter to move on to the general election on the Republican side was Anderson with 1,797 votes.

Vogelheim led all GOP nominees with 2,490 (35 percent) votes, followed by Moyer (1,910; 27 percent), and Anderson (1,797; 25 percent). Ellis and Phibbs were nearly a dead heat in their beauty pageant.

Then there’s Leland
County Commissioner Leland Christensen (R) is running for a state Senate seat this election. If Christensen should win, he will be vacating his seat mid-term. The process for choosing his replacement gets messy.

According to County Attorney Keith Gingery, candidates can submit their name to the Republican Central Committee for consideration as Christensen’s replacement. The Committee will choose three candidates to be voted on by the Board of County Commissioners. Whether Christensen will have a vote on this is uncertain.
“If [Christensen] resigns early, let’s say as soon as he knows he wins the Senate seat, the existing board, minus Leland, could be asked to vote on the new commissioner,” Gingery explained. “If he resigns right before January 11, when his new position would officially take effect, then theoretically the new board would be tasked with voting in his replacement.”

One scenario would be Ellis and Phibbs carry the vote on Nov. 2 for the Democrats along with Republican incumbent Vogelheim, leaving the GOP with two remaining, unelected candidates who would likely throw their hat in the ring with, perhaps, primary washout Morris. Would the Board simply choose the highest vote-getter from the general election, choosing the will of the people? Or would the commissioners play favorites and choose someone they know and feel they could best get along with? The voting Board would be comprised of three Democrats and one Republican deciding which Republican they want to carry out Christensen’s term.

It’s also possible one or neither of the Democratic candidates gets reelected, leaving the GOP scrambling for an additional candidate in January. Could Capt. Bob finally win a political position even if by default? – Jake Nichols

TALE OF THE TAPE
Scott Anderson (R)
My experience on the Town Council gives me a good insight into the relationship between the Town and County. I think voters want less spending, lower taxes, and smaller bureaucracy.

Peter Moyer (R)
At the County level, I believe voters will look to more of a “can do” attitude in revising our Comprehensive Plan to reflect broad community values, and more prudent fiscal oversight.

Paul Vogelheim (R)
A number of folks have said that I’m a good and active listener and willing to ask lots of questions – challenging the status quo. I’m not trying to please all. But I will listen, work hard and use my common sense to make the best decisions I can.

Hank Phibbs (D)
Phibbs grew up in Casper and has been an attorney in private civil law practice in Jackson since 1972. An outdoors enthusiast and active conservationist, he has been on the boards of Wyoming Outdoor Council, JH Conservation Alliance and Greater Yellowstone Coalition.

Ben Ellis (D)
He works as an environmental and economic consultant for non-profits, private clients and public agencies. His focus on sustainable living extends across his public, professional and personal life. He and his family live off the grid, in an energy efficient home built in part with reused materials.

The race without a campaign
There are a couple bogey spots on the back of your Nov. 2 general election ballot. You’ll be asked to retain two of Wyoming’s Supreme Court Justices, Justice Barton Voigt and Chief Justice Marilyn Kite, a Teton County resident. But how the hell are you expected to make an informed decision about those votes?

Of course, you could just pass over the vote for Supreme Court Justices, but then you’d be disenfranchising yourself of an opportunity to contribute your two cents to the makeup of the highest court in Wyoming.

Since 1972, justices on the State Supreme Court have been chosen for an eight-year term by the governor based on the recommendations of a nominating commission composed of both lawyers and lay people. They must then stand for a public retention vote in the first general election held at least one year after their appointment. In 1992, Justice Walter Urbigkit became the only Wyoming Supreme Court judge not retained by public vote. It’s particularly difficult for citizens to make informed votes in retention elections because justices are barred from campaigning for reelection.

Justice Kite holds the distinctions of being the first woman to serve on the Wyoming Supreme Court and the first female Chief Justice of the court. The five Justices select from amongst themselves a Chief Justice to serve a four-year term. That selection is typically based on seniority. Kite assumed the role of Chief Justice in July, succeeding Justice Voigt, and she’s facing her first retention vote since being appointed by Governor Jim Geringer in 2000.

Kite is former partner at the law firm of Holland & Hart at its office here in town. She has made fair and equal access to civil justice the focal point of her time on the court. She serves on the court’s Access to Justice Commission, an especially important committee given a report released this month that ranks the U.S. the worst of 11 developed nations in terms of providing judicial access to its citizens, worse even than some developing countries.

In a judicial advisory poll conducted by the Wyoming State Bar, 92-percent of attorneys who appeared before Justice Kite in the past two years are in favor of retaining her. According to that poll, attorneys ranked her knowledge of the law, the clarity of her opinions, attentiveness, courteousness and industriousness better on average than the four other Supreme Court justices. In fact, she scored better than all of her peers in every category but one.

Voigt was appointed to the court in 2001. During his five-year term as Chief Justice, he helped reshape the state’s drug court system, drawing a clear line between executive and judicial involvement in those courts. He shares Justice Kite’s concerns about equal access to justice, saying, “What good is a right to a trial by jury if no one can afford a jury trial and it takes three years to get in front of a jury?”
Voigt’s retention is supported by 80 percent of attorneys appearing before him, this despite the fact that he scores lower on average than his peers in the Wyoming State Bar poll, especially with regards to his politeness in court.

The results of the Wyoming State Bar polls – which include all justices serving on Federal, Supreme District and Circuit courts – can be found at tinyurl.com/29rc5ek.
– Benjamin R. Bombard

Comments

comments


About Benjamin Bombard

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply