You can look up workers' comp decisions by the Commission on the Industrial Commission website and read them. This appointee is not really qualified for the job of judging workers' comp cases. Yes, he is a lawyer, but he has only handled 4 workers' comp cases all the way to a Commission decision. That is not much experience. He is not qualified for the job from that point of view.
But hey, this is what happens when good working people vote Republican. They get totally screwed.
Mr. Poirier does not explain why he is a better candidate than the incumbent he is running against, Judge Martha Geer. Judge Geer has been an excellent judge and has all the qualities that Mr. Poirier identifies as being important for a judge on the Court of Appeals.
As an appeals referee in unemployment matters, he handles only one kind of law as a judge. The Court of Appeals handles every kind of law, except capital cases. Those go straight to the NC Supreme Court, so I am puzzled as to why the interviewer would ask a Court of Appeals candidate about capital cases, which he will never deal with at the Court of Appeals. Although Mr. Poirier points out his experience teaching the law to college students, it does not appear that he has any judicial experience in these other areas of the law. Again, Judge Geer has that broader judicial experience due to her time on the Court of Appeals, so she is clearly better qualified in that respect. I think Judge Geer, the incumbent, is the better candidate for this seat on the Court of Appeals. As a lawyer who occasionally has a case in front of the Court of Appeals, I have more confidence in Judge Geer than I will have in Mr. Poirier.
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