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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

My Kind of Judge (Or I Do Hope You Placidly Comply with This Vague Request)

From Roll Call (subscription required).
“Wanted: High-school dropout, bouncer at a porn theater, or bartender needed to serve on a California Superior Court. Background in presidential impeachment a plus.”

Maybe this is what California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s (R) ad for his newest nominee to the Orange County Superior Court looked like, because he found all of those attributes in former Rep. Jim Rogan (R-Calif.). The Governator announced last week that he intends to appoint the 48-year-old former Congressman to the bench Oct. 1. ...The highlight of Rogan’s Congressional career was the time he spent as a House manager during the impeachment trial of former President Bill Clinton.
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Rogan, who now works for the firm Preston Gates & Ellis in Irvine, Calif., was not available for comment, but the colorful former lawmaker described his autobiography to Roll Call in 2004 as “about what it was like to grow up as the illegitimate son of a convicted felon and mother on welfare and food stamps, who became a high-school dropout, bouncer at a porno theater, bartender on the Sunset Strip, bartender at a Hell’s Angels biker bar and going from that to ending up in the law, in politics and ending up as a Republican after starting out as a Democrat.”
News story here. His autobiography, "Rough Edges: My Unlikely Road from Welfare to Washington", here. Selected text from his book: "Fleabag...whipped out a switchblade, clicked it open and lunged at me" and "Joanne placidly complied with this vague request by raising her tank top and thrusting forth her bare breasts." Unfortunately, he sucks on drugs. And I don't mean in the Paris Hilton way.