Judge of the Day

  • Defamation, Judge of the Day, Lunacy, Media and Journalism, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judge of the Day: Ernest B. Murphy

    Back in 2007, Judge Ernest B. Murphy won his libel case case against the Boston Herald. The Herald had reported that Murphy was soft on crime and, well, nobody puts Baby in the corner. But winning just wasn’t enough for Judge Murphy. After he won he sent two threatening letters to Patrick Purcell, publisher of […]

    27 Comments / / Aug 21, 2008 at 2:41 PM
  • Fashion, Judge of the Day, Religion

    Judge of the Day: Ashley McKathan

    Alabama state court judges: they love themselves some Ten Commandments. Just like Roy Moore, former chief justice of Alabama, Judge Ashley McKathan thinks the “higher law” has a place in the courtroom. Four years ago, the county circuit court judge had the Ten Commandments embroidered on his judicial robe. Presumably it’s a silent reminder, to […]

    111 Comments / / Aug 15, 2008 at 2:27 PM
  • DUI / DWI, Isn't It Ironic, Judge of the Day, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Videos

    Judge of the Day: Carlton Vines

    Judge Carlton Vines presides over traffic violations and DUIs in Chattooga County, Georgia. It’s a tiny county with a population of just over 25,000. The local newspaper, The Summerville News, has an ongoing investigative series examining the county’s drunk-driving phenomenon and growing number of DUI arrests. Unfortunately, Judge Vines has become a part of the […]

    11 Comments / / May 21, 2008 at 9:52 AM
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    Judge of the Day: James M. Brooks

    ATL honored a California trial judge, James M. Brooks, with Judge of the Day last June, when an appeals court ordered a new trial after he created a “circus-like atmosphere” in the original one. On Monday, the California Commission on Judicial Performance gave him the smackdown, issuing a decision and order imposing public admonishment [PDF]. […]

    14 Comments / / Apr 10, 2008 at 10:00 AM
  • Federal Judges, Judge of the Day, Religion, Texas

    Judge of the Day: Fred Biery

    Those Texans love the word of God. In 2005, they went to SCOTUS to defend a monument to the 10 Commandments that stands on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol. Hailing from San Antonio, U.S. District Judge Fred Biery is invoking the higher power in his judgment against a religious school’s right to join […]

    13 Comments / / Apr 8, 2008 at 10:10 AM
  • Gay, Judge of the Day, Lesbians, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judge of the Day: Jay Spechler

    The fabulous Monica Goodling — if you’re on Facebook, join her fan club — isn’t the only person being accused of anti-lesbian bias these days. From the Daily Business Review (via JAABlog):

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    Judge of the Day: Steven Servaas

    Michigan brings us today’s Judge of the Day, and there’s a shout-out to the University of Michigan… sort of. Rockford District Judge Steven Servaas never grew out of the middle school humor stage. Apparently, he likes to doodle on court documents and make jokes about chest size: The State Judicial Tenure Commission is trying to […]

    15 Comments / / Apr 3, 2008 at 1:15 PM
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    Judge of the Day: Marvin Arrington

    Judge Marvin S. Arrington, who has served since 2002 as a Superior Court Judge in Fulton County, Georgia, is profiled on a website called The History Makers. The bio describes Judge Arrington’s achievements as a pathbreaking African-American lawyer, politician, and judge — also described by the judge in his book, Making My Mark: The Story […]

    94 Comments / / Apr 1, 2008 at 12:35 PM
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    Judge of the Day: Richard Sasso

    Technically, this New Jersey judge is our Ex-Judge of the Day, since he retired in January for “health reasons.” He is accused of PUI (presiding under the influence), bullying people in his courtroom, and tearing up a go-go bar. Oh, is that unusual behavior for a judge? From NJ.com: The Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct […]

    24 Comments / / Mar 19, 2008 at 3:25 PM
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    Judge of the Day: Gary Hicks

    [Ed. note: This post is by Friday’s guest blogger, Kashmir Hill, who will be writing more for these pages going forward.] We are starting off the week reverential when it comes to Judge of the Day. Virginia Circuit Court Judge Gary Hicks is dedicated to cracking down on crime in and out of the courtroom. […]

    13 Comments / / Mar 17, 2008 at 8:10 AM
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    Judge of the Day: Thomas E. Stringer Sr.

    Move over, Eliot Spitzer and the Emperor’s Club. The St. Petersburg Times has a story on a Florida judge accused of stealing money from a New York stripper: Christy Yamanaka says she had sex with 2nd District Court of Appeal Judge Thomas E. Stringer Sr. three times during their 15-year friendship. She paid him rent […]

    13 Comments / / Mar 14, 2008 at 9:45 AM
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    Judge of the Day: J. Wayne Griego

    New Mexico is on a roll. It’s a relatively small state, at least in terms of population (#36), but it brings us two consecutive Judges of the Day. Our most recent Judge of the Day — or, technically, Ex-Judge of the Day — was John Brennan of Albuquerque, accused of choking his young girlfriend, while […]

    7 Comments / / Mar 13, 2008 at 12:40 PM
  • Crime, Judge of the Day, Old People, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Violence

    Ex-Judge of the Day: John Brennan

    Since yesterday, when the big Eliot Spitzer news broke, we’ve been on a bad-behavior kick here at ATL. So let’s keep going down that path. A tipster sent us a juicy story, with this intro: This is wild. And by wild, I mean INSANE… He’s 61. She’s 25. He likes booze, cocaine, and turtlenecks. How’s […]

    18 Comments / / Mar 11, 2008 at 1:15 PM
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    Judge of the Day: Bill Wilson

    We’re a bit surprised that Judge William R. Wilson, Jr. (E.D. Ark.) has never been our Judge of the Day. He’s a pretty colorful character. How many federal judges openly embrace the “L” word (as in “liberal,” not the other L word)? Or raise mules in their spare time? (Judge Alex Kozinski (9th Cir.) raises […]

    23 Comments / / Mar 4, 2008 at 5:30 PM
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    Judicial Hottie of the Day: George Schiavelli

    Judge George Schiavelli (C.D. Cal.), regarded in some quarters as a judicial hottie, is probably not feeling so hot right now. From the Los Angeles Times: A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury has ruled against a federal judge who was seeking $21 million after alleging that he was severely injured when he fell from […]

    25 Comments / / Feb 26, 2008 at 3:40 PM
  • Judge of the Day, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judge of the Day: LaLeshia Walker Alford

    Gotta love an elected judiciary. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: A Shreveport judge’s excessive use of prescription drugs led her to disgrace the judiciary by missing work, falling asleep on the bench, and at times talking gibberish to convicts, the Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled in a 7-0 decision that permanently removed her from office. […]

    69 Comments / / Feb 21, 2008 at 11:20 AM
  • Bankruptcy, DUI / DWI, Fashion, Federal Judges, Gender, Judge of the Day

    A Cross-Dressing Judge Hangs Up His Heels

    Or at least his robes. A quick update on a recent Judge of the Day, from Robert Ambrogi over at Legal Blog Watch: By all accounts, Robert Somma had been a top-notch U.S. bankruptcy judge since his appointment to the bench in 2004 and a top-notch bankruptcy practitioner for many years before that. The sense […]

    21 Comments / / Feb 20, 2008 at 9:15 AM
  • Bankruptcy, DUI / DWI, Fashion, Federal Judges, Gender, Judge of the Day

    Male Judge + DWI + Little Black Dress + Fishnets = Judge of the Day

    There are reasons to read the New Hampshire Union Leader even after primary season is over. Check out this great article: A Boston-based federal judge wore a black cocktail dress, fish-net stockings and high heels when police arrested him for drunk driving after he rear-ended a pickup truck last week, sources said. U.S. Bankruptcy Court […]

    15 Comments / / Feb 15, 2008 at 1:50 PM