Sad news reaches us this Sunday evening: Judge Robert Deehl has passed away at age 87.
The Herald Obit is here.
Judge Deehl was a judge for over fifty years in this circuit. He brought to the bench a wonderful blend of common sense and wit.
One insignificant episode stands out in our minds. We were sitting in county court decades ago when a case was called and a older gentleman approached the bench. He was charged with soliciting an undercover officer posing as a prostitute.
"Weren't you here last week on the same charge?" Judge Deehl asked.
"Yes sir, I was" the defendant replied.
"Well, what do you have to say for yourself?" Judge Deeehl asked.
"I guess Judge, I just fall in love too quick for my own good" the defendant replied.
When the laughter in the courtroom, led by Judge Deehl died down, he asked the prosecution to give the defendant a break, which they did.
The Captain reported that the DBR interviewed Judge Deehl recently:
Deehl was recently interviewed by the DBR and had some things to say about being a judge. He did not like the fact that there are many judges now with no previous trial experience. "You need more trial lawyers, ...., to sit as judges, because they know what's going on".
He also warned judges against taking themselves too seriously. "Everyone tells you how wonderful you are when you're a judge. Some of them believe it. They think they can walk on water".
Judge Deehl was a nice man who served this community with dedication and distinction. He came from a time and a place when the practice of law in this town was a bit slower and more genteel. He has been and will be missed.
See You In Court.
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