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|Traylor will be missed|
Justice Chet Traylor's decision to retire from the Louisiana Supreme Court effective May 31 most likely will be met with mixed emotions.
The business community and conservatives in general will miss him. Liberals and plaintiff's attorneys most likely will applaud Traylor's decision to retire.
Since his election to the Supreme Court in the fall of 1996 to represent the 4th District, Traylor has served as a voice of reason and understanding on the state's highest court. His rulings in most cases in which business interests were pitted against plaintiff's lawyers were right on the money, meaning Traylor obviously understands the obstacles businesses encounter to grow and prosper in a state as litigious as Louisiana.
Traylor has been friendly to the law enforcement community, too.
A former trooper with Louisiana State Police, Traylor exhibited long ago—back when he was a district court judge—that a victim's rights far outweigh the rights of criminals. At least that's way it should be.
We suspect Traylor's rulings in law enforcement cases were somewhat influenced by his stint as an assistant district attorney in the 5th Judicial District, the same judicial district where Traylor served as a district court judge before his election to the Supreme Court. As a district court judge, Traylor narrowly was re-elected years ago largely because of his no-nonsense approach toward conducting court.
It goes without saying that we were saddened to learn Traylor has plans to retire from the bench. His conservative views will be missed, especially by the business community. We'll miss his easy going manner, too.
Yet, we do not fault Traylor for moving on. After all, he is no young man any longer. He's 63 years old, but he's young enough to make a mark in pursuing another career practicing law in the private sector.
Traylor, though, should feel no remorse about leaving public service. He's given the better part of his adult life to serving the people.
And Traylor has served the people well.