RSS FeedFacebookSearch
Gary Younge
Judge claims age bias at 83

In his lawsuit Mr Opala insists he "enjoys good health and sound mental acuity" and was unfairly denied the "ceremonial duties" and higher salary that come with the top post. The salary hike amounts to $3,000 (£1,600), or less than 3% of his income.

The post of chief justice has rotated, every two years, among justices who have served at least six years. Under those rules Mr Opala should be next in line. But his colleagues changed the rules so that the current chief justice, Joseph Watt, could extend his term by two years.

Mr Opala was livid, alleging a plot between Mr Watt and the court's "young Turks" (the youngest is 52) to deny him his rightful place on the bench. "As a matter of history," says Mr Opala in his lawsuit, "state judges would not resort to federal court to settle their differences. In the last 20 years though a body of law has developed called employment law. It provides norms for hiring, firing, promotion and demotion."

But others regard the fact that he has taken the issue to court as grounds enough to bar him from the job.

"The court has an interest in ensuring that the role is filled by someone of exemplary judgment, temperament and related capacities," Deborah Rhode, a legal ethics teacher at Stanford told the New York Times.

"These do not appear in abundant supply in this particular case."

© Gary Younge. All Rights reserved, site built with tlc
 follow on twitter
RT @penvlaanderen: Vanaf 29 mei is Brussel drie dagen lang het toneel van het Asmara-Addis Literary Festival - In Exile. Op maandag 30 mei…
RT @sulaimanaddonia: A panel dedicated to writers & journalists around the world, and esp in Eritrea, who are being persecuted for their cr…
RT @PaulLewis: Thrilled to announce that the Guardian’s investigation team is expanding. We’re recruiting several new journalists, includin…
RT @sulaimanaddonia: So thrilled to announce our panels for DAY 1 of the AALFIE. On “radical interpretation of Europe through travel, mig…
Watch this space. @Lanre_Bakare is a real talent. https://t.co/nwbYqf7y7L
RT @guardianlive: Award-winning artist and filmmaker #SteveMcQueen, Tate Director @mbalshaw and sociologist Paul Gilroy will be in conversa…
RT @nyeusi_waasi: For 20 days, 8 African miners have been stranded more than 500 meters deep in a zinc mine operated by a Canadian company…
RT @sulaimanaddonia: Reminder: We have 80 FREE tickets for refugees/working class/Students/artists on low-income to attend our festival tha…
I’ll be talking to Steve McQueen, Paul Gilroy (⁦ @bungatuffie⁩ ) and Maria Balshaw (⁦ @mbalshaw⁩ ) about Year 3 on… https://t.co/urOZe6HFMj
© Gary Younge. All Rights reserved, site built with tlc