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Trading Lightning Bolts With Federal Judges

Have you ever tried to correct a federal court judge? You know, the ones with the lifetime appointment, and who are not subject to losing their job for anything other than perhaps their own mistakes? After grabbing a lightning bolt and tossing it at you, their response is something akin to, "if you don't like it, you know where to go" - and they're usually referring to up, not down.

In other works, accountable to virtually no one except the various circuits. And who holds them accountable?

Anyway, enough with my soapbox. Besides, not all federal judges are cantankerous. Some are actually nice (or hot).

My objection is not so much the lack of supervision over the federal judiciary, but more about a pair of cases from the Third Circuit.

Now, we lawyers are required to correct mistakes in the trial court. Sure, we can object, and argue the point, but I wasn't aware that Congress suddenly endowed us lawyers with the ability to actually tell a federal judge what to do.

That's like trying to herd cats, except these cats have big teeth.

I already speak up when I'm in court. Maybe now, I'll start throwing those lightning bolts back.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Saturday, July 24, 2004 at 10:17 Comments Closed (0) |
 
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