Claiborne Judges Race Heats Up

The race for Division A Judge (Claiborne Parish) of the Second Judicial District (Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson Parishes) has gotten hot. In response to several weeks of newspaper advertising by challenger Ben Bleich, incumbent Jenifer Clason this week ran full page ads responding to Bleich’s claims.

Facts are Important

In his political ad about the first degree murder trial of Carl Sims, Judge Clason’s opponent made statements which he knows or should know are not true. Here are the facts:

FACT: Carl Sims was convicted of first degree murder, not second degree murder as he stated in his ad, a fact he should have known from the appeal decision which affirmed Sims’ conviction of first degree murder and his sentence, State v. Sims, 745 So. 2d 151 (La. App. 2 Cir. 1999).

FACT: The sequestered jurors, picked in Webster Parish and brought to Claiborne Parish, finished their deliberations at 10:00 PM on Saturday, September 26, 1999, after 13 straight days of trial and 18 hours of deliberations for the guilt (14 hours) and penalty (4 hours) phases of the trial, facts which are in the record of the Sims’ first degree murder trial.

FACT: After thanking and releasing the jury at the jury box, the judge was returning to the bench when Sims grabbed her hand and pulled her to him. Frightened because she thought he might be trying to kill her, she extricated herself quickly and returned to the bench, facts which are available from the people who were there.

FACT: Candidates for judicial office are prohibited from making false statements about their opponents in their campaigns for office.

Read the document by clicking this link.

Do you want an experienced judge or the candidate who can’t get his facts straight?

Who is Judge Clason’s Opponent?

He wants to be the judge for Claiborne Parish. He bought lakeside property in the parish on August 24, 2012. He has lived here two years but parish residents know very little about him. Here is what his sister said about him in a sworn affidavit submitted to the Ruston City Court in his lawsuit for injuries he received on March 17, 2004 during a bar fight in Ruston, LA:

“In her affidavit, Allyson stated that her brother, Benjamin Bleich, had a history of provoking fights, and being arrested for fighting in bars, and was intoxicated on the night of the fight.”

Bleich v. Brown, No. 41,170-CA (La. App. 2 Cir. 6/28/2006)

IF YOU BELIEVE CHARACTER COUNTS RE-ELECT JUDGE CLASON

Bleich responded with this:

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Here are Bleich’s earlier newspaper ads:

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Voters in all three parishes of the district can vote in the election.

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11 Responses to “Claiborne Judges Race Heats Up”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Kinda seem childish to me..

  2. Dan Burson Says:

    Both of those hypocritical clowns should not even be a judge.

    Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:21:07 +0000 To: dannymb52@hotmail.com

    • Anonymous Says:

      Dan, Have you ever responded in a positive way to any issue brought up on this blog. Try real hard and see if you can find something good in the world to focus on. It will do you good.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    It sounds as if Ben Bleich will do whatever it takes (even misrepresenting the facts) in order to get elected. Just look at his announcement letter in this same newspaper in April where he can’t stand on his own merit but chooses to attack Judge Clason. It’s shameful!

  4. sunrisesunset Says:

    Looks as though we have “politics as usual” here. I hate mud-slinging campaigns.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    We might be better off with what we’ve got,at least we know what Judge Clason stands for,no surprises.I don’t really care for all this mud slinging for it shows this mans way of thinking.Would he act like this if elected Judge?

  6. Wait-N-See Says:

    She’s been a State District Judge for a long time. She’s basically done what’s right. For some reason, he is making a lunge at trying to destroy her politically. In the end, she is probably going to beat the compound hell outta him. Then he will be practicing in front of her if he continues to represent clients within the district. If my livelihood was at stake, I wouldn’t hire him to represent me if she were to be the presiding Judge, and I feel for any client who he represents in front of her. I’m not saying that he is a bad lawyer, that’s just the way it is when a lawyer takes on a presiding Judge politically. If I’m wrong, then I’ll stand corrected. Just Wait-N-See.

    • Lord a Mercy Says:

      What he has to worry bout is whatz gunna be on her “Top Ten List” if she beats him!!!

  7. concerned Says:

    So is anyone going to get Ben Bleich to discuss his partnership with a child predator

    • Anonymous 2 Says:

      Agreed! All of that should be public record. If he is in business with a twice convicted child sex offender then he doesn’t use good judgement. It’s creepy how Ben Bleich has all those kids gathered around him on his website subtlety trying to pass them off as his kids and they aren’t. I bet he wished he hadn’t started the mudslinging months ago.

  8. concerned Says:

    checkout Ben’s career section
    http://judgepedia.org/Ben_Bleich#Career

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