The title to the post links to the NY Times articles on the sartorial splendor of Judges.
The greatest Judge we ever met, and he really is the dean of all trial Judges in the US- a Judge's Judge if there ever was one, was Jack Weinstein of the Eastern District of NY. He often didn't wear his robe in court. And when he sentenced a defendant, he normally got off the bench and sat down at a desk on the level of the defendant and issued his sentence and looked him right in the eye and explained why he thought the sentence was just. Judge Weinstein is now on senior status we believe. And for federal practitioners in NY, his "Weinstein Korn and Miller" on Civil Practice and Weinstein on Evidence with Berger, was the bible for federal evidence and civil procedure.
Perhaps it would be a good thing for our Judges to wear their robes a little less and keep their ego in check. You're all one election away from going back to work.
John Conolly Trial: The former FBI agent on trial for the murder of the Miami Jai alai executive is slow going before Judge Blake. Probably a good trial to poke your head in on and take a peek. Of course we can't because everyone is looking for us, but if anyone wants to be our in court eyes on the case, we'd love the help. Plus it's a great case.