Lifetime Ban from MT Cup Issued to Judge
(AP) 25 October 2004
Pat Judge of Helena is a known offender of Montana Cup course confidentiality rules. Twice in the past month Judge has been apprehended in Great Falls on the 'Cup' course. On the first occasion Judge befriended and swindled an unsuspecting race official who divulged classified information to Judge about the layout of the race course.
On Sunday, Oct 24th, Judge's second known offense was reported after he was caught far out on the course at the hour of dawn with two unknown female accomplices. It was reported that Judge looked to be studying every curve, mound, and rise on the course.
Judge’s trespasses were clear violations of the home-course-advantage rules of the MT Cup, and they helped race officials tag Judge as a repeat offender with little or no chance of reform. The MT Cup Jury of Appeals was convened in a special emergency session to decide a fair and just solution to Judge's digressions, and a lifetime ban for him was the result.
Judge will now be restrained from setting foot within 100 meters of any past, present, or future MT Cup course. He will also have 300 hours of MT Cup community service, and he must produce restitution to the Great Falls team for their losses associated with his unethical conduct.
In an attempted plea bargain, Judge was offered, but refused, clemency in exchange for the identity of his two female accomplices. Judge stated "I did not have sex with those women."
Outstanding in-depth coverage! The New York Times will be calling. - Peter Dan Sullivan
Wow! That's serious. I was just trying to call Pat Judge and couldn't reach him. Now I know why. I wish Judge would have contacted me sooner. I could have convinced the court that Judge is a has-been, who couldn't possibly gain an advantage by viewing the course. Furthermore, because he is generally an incoherent, some might say, "checked-out" vagabond, he didn't even realize he was outside, let alone on a course of somekind. The fact that two women accompany him anywhere, I think, is to his eternal credit. - Cameron Hardy
I've known he was a rascal for a long time. - John Zombro
Finally, justice is done. But you must hand it to Judge for his allegiance to the opposite sex, despite his other transgressions, particularly against the HCA rule (Home Course Advantage). – Eric Jones
It's about time! He is very sneaky. - John Hartpence
Burn him at the stake! - Jeb Myers
When I agreed to host the MT Cup I thought I could put my trust and confidence in the people who have been associated with it for many years. Little did I suspect that I was just being set-up so one individual could gain an unfair advantage. I was there. I had to witness the whole ugly scene. I'm devastated. I feel so used, so dirty. I need a shower. - Bob Boland, Co Race Dir.
Hey now, Bob, we bought you a pizza! What are you complaining about? – Pat Judge
I love it! We haven't laughed this much in a long time! – Jacquie Maillet, Co Race Dir.
Studying military satellite photography of the course is still okay, right? Otherwise Mark Slater is in big trouble. – Craig Kenworthy
Judge’s rebuttal Line of Defense #1: Character Witnesses
"Clearly the person accompanied by two women on the course could not be [Pat]!" - Dale Bickell, high school chum
"Pat is a wonderful human being who would never do anything wrong!" - Carol Judge, Mom
am not a crook." - Richard Millhouse Nixon
Defendant challenges petitioner to produce any evidence whatsoever that the
course is in any way confidential. On this year's entry form, for example,
the "Course" section simply states: "5 to 8k challenging cross-country running
over rough terrain with turns, steep hills, and possible mud/snow crossings.
Spiked racing shoes not recommended."
Note that unlike previous years, the silly phrase "It's a secret!" is distinctly absent. Similarly, no such silliness exists now, nor has ever existed as part of the official Montana Cup Rules.
Defendant notes that Mr. Hunt, the responsible party behind these outrageous allegations, has himself personally inspected each and every Montana Cup Course prior to race day, since the event's inception twelve years ago. While the collective running community is greatly appreciative of Ray's many contributions to the theory and practice of running in Montana, there must be some reasonable limit on the "privileges of authorship" that Ray is allowed to confer upon himself in his capacity as "Judge, Jury, Executioner, and All Powerful Poobah for All Things Montana Cup." Where are the checks and balances? Where is the separation of powers? We've all tolerated his personal preferences and affectations for years -- that races be marked in KILOMETERS rather than the customary (and actually useful) unit of the MILE -- that awards be "cash or usable goods only," simply because Ray hates plaques -- that runner's finishing higher than 7th place for their team cannot endlessly enlarge Butte's already hefty scores. But must we now also accept a system that demands adherence to an unstated, nonexistent, and unjust rule that applies to everyone but the Butte captain? Should we shred the 14th Amendment to the Constitution? I think not!
So what is it then, that would drive a man to go to such desperate lengths to deprive another of his basic right to pursue happiness and Montana Cup glory, to slander his character and defame his reputation, to clog our court system with frivolous litigation? Could it be fear? I think so!
Final Thought: Montana Constitution, Article II, Declaration of Rights, Section 9. Right to know. "No person shall be deprived of the right to examine [stuff] or to observe [other stuff] except in cases in which the demand of individual privacy clearly exceeds the merits of public disclosure."
Helena's Women and Sports Committee Releases Results of First
It is apparent that the only fair resolution to this dispute is: 1. Make Judge run the course blindfolded.
2. Reduce Ray's penalty setting authority to disputes such as whether Zombro in fact took two donuts from the food table, instead of the allowed one. By the way, I understand Banovich has bootleg copies of "How to run the Montana Cup" videos for sale. - Craig Kenworthy, recovering lawyer
Okay - so how long is the course, anyway?? And what are its details????? – Marc Golz
Judge Ruling Reduced After Controversial Appeal
(AP) 29 October 2004
Helena -- On the eve of the Montana Cup cross country meet, Helena's rick Judge successfully appealed to Montana Governor Judy Martz's Office for reinstatement of his right to set foot on all Montana Cup cross country courses.
Backed financially by Karen Powell, a founding member of Helena's mysterious underground Women and Sports Committee, Judge enlisted a strong team of crack lawyers to push his appeal through to the Governor in time for Judge to participate in this year's Montana Cup race on Saturday in Great Falls.
Martz, known for taking a hard-line Republican stance during her term as Montana's Governor, surprised many on hand at the capital when she issued a quick ruling, that largely favored Judge.
Capital Hill regular Jeff Thomas commented, "For the Governor to overlook rick's history of Green Party politics in her ruling is really astonishing. Let me be the first to praise the Governor for her impartiality in this decision, especially consider the timing of it all in relation to the elections".
Although the Governor did not completely overturn the original ruling against Judge, a high-ranking Republican Party official, who spoke under conditions of anonymity, acknowledged party-wide fear of public backlash directed at Republicans in next Tuesday's elections. In an apparent attempt to sway public perception of Governor Martz's controversial ruling, the gubernatorial Press Secretary released the following statement.
"Governor Martz has weighed the evidence presented in Mr. Judge's appeal, and she has ruled in a way that protects the basic human rights that are guaranteed to all Montana citizens. Governor Martz wants to make it perfectly clear that Mr. Judge's political background, although misguided, had no bearing on her decision.
"Mr. Judge freely admitted that he gained an advantage over other runners by practicing the course in an attempt to gain glory, and the Governor feels that this type of behavior is perfectly acceptable. For that reason, Governor Martz has ruled that Mr. Judge may run the Montana Cup, but she felt that the other sanctions against Judge were appropriate, and the Governor did add one more penalty to Mr. Judge's punishment.
"The Governor reiterated the earlier ruling that Mr. Judge must pay restitution to his victims and that he must perform his hours of Montana Cup community service. The Governor also declared that the letters P, A, and T be dropped from Mr. Judge's first name, so that he will be known only as rick Judge from this day forward."