Lowering the Bench


Convictions Reversed Due to Judicial Sleeping

In a dramatic reversal, the High Court of Australia has overturned the convictions of two men because the judge in their trial slept through much of the proceedings. An appellate court had ruled 2-1 that although the judge’s tendency to…



Americans Still Struggling With Pants

I'm back from Greece, without much to report in terms of legal developments there, at least during the last 2500 years or so.  Not that they didn't come up with some interesting stuff, like ostracizing unpopular politicians for ten years…


UPDATE: Judge Halverson Defeated in Primary Election

Embattled Nevada judge Elizabeth Halverson, who as you may recall has been under investigation for some time based on charges that she mistreated staff, improperly met with jurors, fell asleep on the bench, and so on, was soundly defeated in…



British Judges to Get New Attire; Fashion Critics Aghast

Earlier this month, a panel of British judges recommended a number of changes to the country’s judicial-dress requirements, which have been roughly the same for hundreds of years.  Wigs will no longer be worn in civil and family courts, and…


Judge Jumps the Gun on Declaring Defendant Guilty

The evidence against Joseph Nee, on trial for allegedly plotting a Columbine-style attack at his high school, seems to have been fairly strong.  Or at least you could infer that from the fact that the judge in his bench trial…



Pants Judge Ordered Out of Office

Reports last week that Roy Pearson would lose his job were confirmed on Tuesday, when the panel that oversees administrative law judges in D.C. had a letter hand-delivered to him at about 3:30 p.m., telling him to vacate his office…