The continuing saga of Judge Shirley Saffold, a.k.a. "lawmiss," and the comments left by that account on Cleveland.com took another turn recently. After subpoenaing the judge's computer, the Plain Dealer investigated other sites visited by Saffold and comments left under her alleged usernames on those sites.
The results don't look good for Saffold, who is looking less like a respected judge and more like a common internet commentariot idiot by the day.
Some choice examples:
Lawmiss called Asians "flat face morons" when remarking on a story about the Chinese volleyball team.
And a story about a racist remark against the president prompted lawmiss to rail against whites: "how can white men be christan's, it's impossible. Their nature is to be nasty, convining, and decietful. They lie, they cheat, and they steal. And, they do it in a suit."
Lawmiss on AOL also insults people based on religion.
After France proposed banning burqas, lawmiss wrote "yeah, they ought to ban them, and if the muslims don't like it, then go home. you can't see their faces, you can't tell if they're men or women and they're criminals. if they want to wear that crap, then they ought to stay in saudi arabia, where it's acceptable and they have no intention of blowing anyone up."
An article about Ellen DeGeneres prompted Lawmiss to attack gays.
"She's s dyke, and that's all she's competent at. She's no dancer. Nest think you'll know the gays will take over."
Stay classy, Judge Saffold.
The whole commenting debacle lends itself to two important discussions regarding Saffold, and that doesn't even count the debate on whether the Plain Dealer should have unmasked Saffold as the commenter 'lawmiss.'
First, we here at Scene love commenters. Stop by our stories, leave a comment, stir some healthy discussion, or just call us idiots. We love it all.
But understand at the same time that, like many well-reasoned individuals out there, we look at the comment sections of the stories we read, like those at Cleveland.com and other festering grounds of internet hate and banal commentary. And we wonder: Just who are these people who feel the need to say, "First!?!?", or, "LeBron is a good player," or other ultra-vanilla statements. Maybe we'd leave a comment on a story about Jimmy Dimora and the ongoing political corruption, but you won't find us in the comments section of a story about Justin Bieber or David Beckham.
But now we wonder no more. The person who does just that is Judge Shirley Saffold. According to the PD story:
Many of the lawmiss comments are innocuous remarks about the news of the day. Some criticize celebrities Paula Abdul, Tyra Banks, Charles Barkley, O.J. Simpson, Tiger Woods and Tavis Smiley.
Second, we're sure there's plenty of lawyers and convicted criminals out there who have passed through Judge Saffold's courtroom, and we're sure some of them are African-American or Asian or gay or lesbian, and they might wonder just what kind of fair shake they got in Saffold's courtroom. She's going to be keeping plenty of lawyers plenty busy.