Monday, Aug. 6, 2007 | Once again, Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Barton has ruled City Attorney Michael Aguirre’s arguments against the lawfully granted and contracted pension benefits are, well, legal. Mr. Aguirre’s latest foray into novel legal theory just doesn’t stand the test of time in this case and the city is too late in its attempts to extricate itself from its obligation. Judge Barton rightly ruled, in common sense brilliance, a year is a year and not four years as Mr. Aguirre would have the court apply a legal LEAP-CALENDAR to his filings. His logic, I was just elected, a pathetic attempt, makes no sense either.
While it’s true the Legislature and governor has altered the statue of limitations of this law, our society has never applied changes to its laws retroactively. I think we did away with that when we declared independence from England. Alas, I have no doubt Mr. Aguirre will appeal Judge Barton ruling, wasting more time and money. Hopefully, the 4th District, will bring personal sanctions against him should he attempt to carry on with this charade.