Saturday, March 18, 2017

Wingate whalloped.

Lawyers have complained for years that U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate's docket moved slowly- if at all at times.  Such tardiness caught up with Judge Wingate as the Chief U.S. District Judge prohibited Judge Wingate from accepting new cases until his caseload is in order.  The order is posted below.





34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shut my mouth!

PittPanther said...

So Wingate gets "punished" by not having to take on new cases? Wish my job was so inviting. "Take your time, Pittpanther. We're going to give extra work to everyone else. No problem."

Anonymous said...

I can't believe he got appointed during the Reagan era.

Anonymous said...

Wingate has garnered a reputation for being fair but perhaps too deliberate i.e. slow. It's a shame that Judges who have gained a reputation for being unfair or biased do not get the treatment in the Clarion Ledger that Wingate got. The blaring front page headlines would make some believe he was caught taking bribes or in bed with a prostitute rather than being corrected for procedural speed. Makes you wonder what's really important in to the CL staff.

Anonymous said...

After YEARS of tardiness and complaints!?!? Then the other judges are punished by taking on new cases while he sits on his arse?

Anonymous said...

Rewarded for laziness. Now I can say it, after years of practice before him, he just isn't that smart. imho

Anonymous said...

It's embarrassing that it took this long for the judges to act.

Anonymous said...

Does 8:33 really dismiss the inaction of this clown as being 'too deliberate'? As if the man is really giving careful, considerate thought to these cases that have languished seemingly forever. Really?

Something is amiss with this man's mind and his ability to use it if he can't move along. Justice was never meant to grind to a halt.

Anonymous said...

I once had a late afternoon hearing scheduled before him, along with about 10 other attorneys in the case. He had just finished a jury trial when we arrived for our hearing. Instead of starting our hearing on time, he spent hours giving a civics lesson to the jurors about how government works, how the court system works and the role of judges and juries, and his personal contributions to the community, etc. while we attorneys cooled our heels in the courtroom. He finally concluded his civics lecture to the jurors and started our hearing at about 7:00 pm. Needless to say, we were all unhappy with his disrespect for us attorneys and our clients who, of course, were billed by the hour while we sat through his public service jury education lecture. The jurors didn't look very happy with the delay either. They wanted to go home, I'm sure, just like everyone else. He is a decent judge but can't seem to get focused and moving on the matter at hand at the time set by the Court. Maybe this will wake him up.

Anonymous said...

He needs to retire imo.

He clearly doesn't want to complete the tasks given.

The 5th circuit sanctioned him not long ago and removed him from some cases involving the state/Hood.

Wingate's response?

Blamed his staff.

Go retire...and that goes for Barbour and Lee as well.

Anonymous said...

This is the judicial equivalent of segregating the "slow kid" without making it appear as though one is segregating the slow kid.

Let's Wrap This Here Thang Up! said...

Possibilities:

1) He is senile
2) He has forgotten his role
3) He is infatuated with himself
4) He actually thinks he is a scholar
5) He is stoned

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with the decision but it is an unfortunate situation. I have been one of the Attorneys forced to sit through the pontificating and time wasting speeches. He has always disregarded the costs and delay his conduct imposes on the parties. This is primarily a failure of his personal lack of organization and procrastination, and attributing the problems to his staff is clearly false and a dishonorable thing to do. To those fussing, he's an Article III judge... This is about all they could do to address the problem. Some relief for litigants but the downside is he will start issuing slapdash poorly crafted decisions to try to catch up.

Anonymous said...

He should have been a college professor so he could give long speeches and talk about how smart he thinks he is to 18 ur olds.

Anonymous said...

9:02 am

No he won't.

He can never catch up

Bill Dees said...

7:16 - Lee and Barbour are already "retired" ie: Senior Status.
8:09 - None of the 5 you listed. You wouldn't say that if you had ever practiced before him.

Anonymous said...

8:09 here, Bill Dees. Since you aren't particularly fond of my five choices, perhaps you have one or two you'd like to offer?

I've '(n)ever practiced before him' since I don't practice. That doesn't stop one from observing human behavior and offering suggestions as to its causes.

Anonymous said...

I've never practiced in his court but I'm no fan of L. (Gorola) either. If you ask me they all have issues and frankly are in the boat. I should include the AG's office, the ethics commission,the US Attorney's office. I serious waste of tax payers money.

Anonymous said...

Wingate got his appointment in a political deal, dems got a black federal judge in Mississippi, and Reagan got some political plum in return.

Having briefly practiced before him years ago, I agree that he is frozen molasses slow, but he is not a "bad" judge as far as figuring out what the law is. I think the prestige of getting the appointment under those circumstances also enhanced the "Czar Complex" that nearly all federal judges go through, but his has never worn off.

Behind the scenes, Wingate will be urged to soon take senior status and will be given very few cases after he does.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, this has been going on for 20 years.

Burke said...

A procrastinator with a virtual lifetime appointment. What could go wrong?

Anonymous said...

He was Thad's choice at the appointment.

Anonymous said...

Yes, and when he takes Sr. Status, we can all be thankful that Thad is there to make the replacement, not the idiotic, racist McDaniel.

Anonymous said...

Although Thad is our modern-day Punchinello (look it up), I doubt we can blame THIS on HIM!

Anonymous said...

So, if I'm to believe all the posters here, a man of his obvious intellect and popularity MUST have some sort of internal response to this admonition. What do you think it is? How might he view this? Will he rail against it? Will he feel vindicated by the lessening of his duties? Will he understand what's happened or care? Will he think the higher authority for taking his burdensome workload?

What? What?

Anonymous said...

11:22 If you are going to call out a federal judge at least spell his name correctly.His Cuban heritage helped get him his life time on easy street.

Anonymous said...

He does what he does because he can. No one can do a damn thing about and he knows it. People, especially judges and some attorney take on this mind set because, in their mind, everyone is beneath them.

Judges should be shown the necessary respect in the court room. Outside the courtroom they shit between two shoes just like the rest of us and deserve nothing more than any of the rest of us do.

If this pompous wind bag isn't doing his job he should be taken off the bench. He would never make it the corporate world.

Anonymous said...

What would happen if a lawyer (or someone else) were to stand and ask, "Can we move along here and get to the matters at hand?", during one of his dissertations? Or maybe even precede the question with, "Your honor, with all due respect to the court...."?

Anonymous said...

I do not know Justice Wingate very well but have had some business dealings with him in the past few years. He is an intelligent, well spoken man, but as previously stated, does enjoy talking about himself to an extent, as many successful people tend to do. I remember I arrived at his home one morning at 8 a.m. and he told me he had court at 9, so he needed to leave soon. That was fine, my visit only required about 15 minutes, max. Well, at 11 a.m. he was still talking to me, and I finally had to tell him I had to leave. His secretary, or whomever keeps up with his schedule had called several times, I assume to try to get him to court. So I guess the entire courtroom just had to wait on his arrival as he wasted everyone's time. Again, on a personal level, a very nice man, but doesn't seem to be in a hurry to get anything done.

Anonymous said...

Wingate makes fair decisions when he finally rules, but his inability to move a case forward is unprecedented in the federal court system. Since he cannot be fired (lifetime appointment), the only way to help the people disadvantaged by his tardiness (litigants appearing before him), is to reduce his case load.

The problems created by his tardiness are one of the few things all attorneys on both sides always seem to agree on.

Everyone ends up wasting time and money because of his delays.

I bet the unnecessary legal fees necessitated by his delays total in the millions of dollars, if not more.

Anonymous said...

The real joke here is that he blamed his staff for the delays.

As a federal district judge, your staff consists of your secretary and three kids straight out of law school who write what you tell them to write, when you tell them to write it. The judge alone is responsible for setting deadlines and keeping the wheels turning.

The only way Wingate's staff slow things down is when he introduces them like the starting lineup of the Chicago Bulls before every hearing and trial.

Anonymous said...


To: 3;44 on March 19th.

What a perfect description of Thad.

Anonymous said...

No one in the state has the balls to stand up to this pompous windbag and tell his old ass to go to work or step down.

Anonymous said...

8:09 AM March 19, 2017

6) He is Donald Trump

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