Tag Archives: courts

Judging the News

One thing my job has that most don’t is public scrutiny. Any member of the public can come by, sit down, and watch me work. My actions are reviewed by higher authorities where both affirmances and reversals are in the … Continue reading

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Voting Is No Excuse for Being Unreasonable

[Updated from the archives – a post to remind us how to treat one another reasonably on election day.] I’d been on the bench just a few years when I was given responsibility for administration of our courthouse. (It’s not … Continue reading

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Holocaust Remembrance Day – When Nazi Judges Ruled the Courts

[Holocaust Remembrance Day began at sunset last night and continues through today. Here is a post from the archives.] When Nazis Were Judges Judges, even the best of judges, sometimes make the wrong decisions. And then there are courts where … Continue reading

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When Courts and Church Collide and Divide

One of the first things we learned in law school was the difference between courts of law and courts of equity. Law courts in England applied strict rules of law to decide criminal matters or civil cases where someone claimed … Continue reading

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Courts, Due Process and Getting it Right

[From the archives] *** I have the only job Jesus ever explicitly prohibited: “Judge not.” (Matthew 7:1, Luke 6:37.) Yet every day I put on a robe (I call it my black muumuu) and sit on the bench judging. It’s … Continue reading

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Holocaust Remembrance Day – When Nazis Ran the Courts

[Holocaust Remembrance Day began at sunset last night and continues through today. Here is a post from the archives to help us remember.] When Nazis Were Judges Judges, even the best of judges, sometimes make the wrong decisions. And then … Continue reading

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Judges and Bribes

[From the archives.] *** I went into a convenience store near work today. I stop in for a soda once in a while, and usually share a greeting with the woman who owns the place. Today her husband was there … Continue reading

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When Nazis Were Judges

Judges, even the best of judges, sometimes make the wrong decisions. And then there are courts where the wrong decision is unavoidable because wrong decisions are part of the process. In Law, Justice, and the Holocaust (2009, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum), … Continue reading

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