This three-part series was one of the first things I did upon starting the column. Many of the points I made here were ones the Editorial Board (understandably) was reluctant to make. And one reason I started the column was to say just such things.
The fact is, our judges can be a stumbling block to justice. They do and they are, far too often. These pieces scratch the surface a little.
- We lawyers know who the bad judges are. But professional discretion muzzles us, and ignorance stays the hand of the press. Belling the Cat (July 2004).
- A judge takes a drag on a joint and exhales an enormous controversy. Peccant Judges (August 2004).
- It is not a good thing that judges push litigants and counsel so hard to settle cases. The “Disappeared” Trial (September 2004).