Ryan D. Nelson, former general counsel for a nutritional-supplements firm, was just named to the bench of the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. Judge Nelson has no prior experience as a judge. He does, however, have plenty of court time. That time came as a result of his 28 speeding tickets as well as tickets for running traffic lights and stop signs, skipping auto inspection requirements, not registering his vehicle, and failing to carry proof of insurance. He was clocked going 100 mph in a 75 mph zone. The good judge is also amphibious. He was cited for failure to register his boat and to carry sufficient life jackets for the passengers on his 18-foot boat.
As one Idaho judge who handled two of Judge Nelson’s tickets (one for going 77 mph in a 35-mph zone), “You hope the person who is wearing the robe is going to follow the law.”
James V. Grimaldi and Alex CORSE, “Very Swift Justice: Judge Tangles With Traffic Court,” Wall Street Journal, October 20-21, 2018, p. A1 at A9.