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Why did the Daily Beast censor this great advice?

Sometimes one bumps into a sheer mystery. Consider this piece I saw in the Daily Beast – about judges deciding cases where one of the parties is a company in which the judge has an investment, contrary to the (non-enforceable) court rules. … Continue reading

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Yet another reminder – from Gov. Christie this time – that “judicial impartiality” is a myth

Give this a listen, and ponder the question: why on Earth would Governor Christie of New Jersey want to replace his state’s judges? Why would he want to “remake the court in a more conservative image?” If the judges were … Continue reading

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Two singularities: of the black hole, and of the “due process of the law”

There are phenomenally interesting objects in the universe called “black holes,” astrophysicists tell us. They are tiny, but very powerful. They are former stars that instead of emitting light – like stars normally do – they suck light in; and … Continue reading

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Error vs. fraud: “wrong” decisions by judges vs. “non-judicial” ones

The members of the legal profession I talk to about judicial fraud invariably resort to the same histrionics. They spread out their arms, they roll up their eyes, they give their faces a somewhat painful expression, they sigh – in … Continue reading

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New York Times talks of “Unpalatable judges”

I don’t know how exactly they define those, but recently the editors of the New York Times used in their editorial the term “unpalatable judges.” The term was hyperlinked, and pointed to an article on which I also commented in the … Continue reading

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Why have Bernie Madoff and his associates gone to jail?

The news came that Madoff’s staff was found guilty, and would likely be serving time in jail. The question is, is it just? They were all scoundrels, and guilty as sin? So what? Let’s calm down and look at the … Continue reading

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A lesson in justice from the late Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church

I haven’t heard of the man before, and paid no attention when NPR announced the segment on the passing of “Anti-Gay activist Fred Phelps, a widely reviled figure… Phelps led the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Its members are … Continue reading

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Molested Hasidic boy’s story is testimony to bipolar, schizophrenic nature of judicial process

Here for a change is a story with at least a spec of justice in it – a highly convoluted tale of a Chassidic boy who told his father that he had been molested by a cantor (i.e. a leader … Continue reading

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2 official theories of why the press is not interested in covering judicial corruption – and 2 unofficial ones

The other day, I attended a book talk by two very brave journalists (and most vivacious ladies), Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker discussing their book “Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love”  in which … Continue reading

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Judicial inequality: US judges gave themselves the right to act “maliciously and corruptly” and to “see things” that aren’t there, yet deny Euadorian judges the same right

The alarm clock rang, I yawned and cussed and got out of bed and turned on the radio – and was suddenly fully awake. Apparently, according to the news segment upon which I hit – “U.S. Judge Sides With Chevron … Continue reading

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