The Washington Post has this thoughtful article on US District Judge Ricardo Urbina who announced his retirement after thirty one years on the bench because he had no passion for punishment. The endless conveyor belt of sentencing hearings finally took its toll on the Judge, who meditates every morning to clear his mind and identify whatever lingering prejudices he may have before the day begins.
Rumpole says: we need more judges who agonize over sentencing hearings, not less.
Just 44 percent of Americans approve of the job the Supreme Court is doing and three-quarters say the justices’ decisions are sometimes influenced by their personal or political views, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times and CBS News.
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