DETROIT – On Tuesday, November 2, 2010, Detroiters will be asked to choose a talented, experienced man or woman to sit as Chief Judge of the city’s 36th District Court, where many criminal cases are heard.
Among those candidates is 53-year-old former Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings. On the positive side, she has had tons of experience in law enforcement–she had to have acquired such experience in order to become the police chief. Bully-Cummings even knows the law: she served a stint as a lawyer with the firm Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, according to the Click-on-Detroit website, between 1999 and 2002, when former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick asked her to be his Chief of Police.
One of my concerns about Ms. Bully-Cummings is that she has no apparent experience as a sitting judge. In order to effectively lead other judges, you should have at least a modicum of experience in this capacity in order to lead other judges. It’s kind of like the principal-teacher scenario. The best principals have also taught in their past. It makes them more understanding towards the plight of the population they are called to lead.
The other one of my concerns surrounds her association with the former Detroit mayor. Kilpatrick was involved in much wrongdoing, for which the mayor was convicted. He lied, he perjured himself. According to DetroitUncovered.com, she even lied for him to cover his tracks. She allegedly fired cops for speaking critically of the mayor, and she is accused of demoting them for investigating the death of a woman by the name of Tamara Greene, says the article.
These charges cannot be substantiated, and amount to gossip, unless they can be proven to be otherwise. I personally am not going to sit in on and execute judgment upon Ms. Bully-Cummings. I wasn’t there.
Being a former Detroiter myself, however, I do kind of have a dog in the fight. Although I no longer live there, I care about what happens to the town. Thus I must say that Ms. Bully-Cummings is not someone I would vote for, nor would I advise Detroiters to do so.
Have you ever met a Typhoid Mary? Have you ever met someone drama always seems to follow, someone trouble always seems to follow? Ms. Bully-Cummings reminds me of such a person.
What I could easily see happening is that, once she is elected, she could draw negative attention to herself by her very presence, whether she is actually guilty of any wrongdoing or not. Worse yet, she could draw negative attention to the office itself, and to the 36th District Court, severely compromising its ability to do the job it was created to do.
Now mind you, Ms. Bully-Cummings just might be able to overcome the first objection I raised about her. After all, in just two short years, a freshman senator from Illinois went on to become President of the United States. This man had no prior experience as a politician, except for his one stint in the Senate. Look where Barack Hussein Obama is today!
But Ms. Bully-Cummings may not be able to overcome the baggage she would bring in with her, having been so closely allied with individuals who all went down because of corruption. I could be wrong, and if she’s elected–I hope I am, for her sake as well as for that of the City of Detroit.
“She Is as Guilty as the Mayor She Worked (Lied) For,” Detroit Uncovered.com
“Ella Bully-Cummings Bio.” Click-on Detroit, March 24, 2010