Judges rarely change their minds. They often feel they can’t. When they put on their robes, they wrap themselves in a mythos of authority and certainty. They’re supposed to be distant, neutral and wise. They’re supposed to have all the answers. “Lawyers and litigants project infallibility onto judges,” (NOT THIS LAWYER says Rumpole ) says Jeremy Fogel, a federal judge in Northern California who directs the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, which provides training for every new federal judge that addresses the formidable social expectations that come with the job.
The NY Times article, which is a lengthy and thoughtful examination on judges and judging, sent to us by an alert reader, is here.
A Picture speaks a thousand words:
These pictures and this tweet went viral over the weekend:
|This is how you arrest a black man for selling loose cigarettes.|