Lowering the Bench


Non-Weeping Anna Nicole Judge Busted For Pot

Previous reports in the Anna Nicole Smith case have focused on Judge Larry Seidlin, whose bizarre and often weepy judging behavior was so entertaining.  This week, however, the first judge to hear proceedings in that matter, Lawrence Korda, was also…


Behind Door No. 2, One Year in Jail

A judge in Brooklyn was reprimanded by New York’s Appellate Division this week for sentencing a man to 11 months in prison for acting as lookout for an armed robbery — not because the sentence was too harsh, but because…


Judge Queries Whether Defendant Wants a Piece of Him; Is Censured

Earlier this month, the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct voted to censure an Albany city judge for inappropriate conduct.  Actually, I guess they described it as "deplorable" and "utterly inexcusable," but you decide. The censure is based on two…


Judge Admonished About Cheering for Seahawks

Earlier this year I reported on an incident in Washington where a superior court judge had asked all those in the courtroom to shout "Go Seahawks" before being seated.  (As you may or may not recall, the Seahawks were in…


Lowering the Bar Cited as International Precedent

As many of you know, I have long had two primary goals for this enterprise: to provide some entertainment for myself and other attorneys (and friends of attorneys) slogging away at their various billing stations, and to be cited as…


Judge’s Mystic Dwarf Friends Identified

I previously reported on Judge Florentino Floro, a judge in the Philippines who was removed from the bench recently for acts as innocuous as fortune-telling, faith healing in chambers, and beginning each court session with a cheery reading from the…


“Da Vinci Code” Judge Encodes Message in Ruling

About a month ago, British High Court Justice Peter Smith ruled that Dan Brown had not plagiarized an earlier work ("Holy Blood, Holy Grail") when writing his best-seller (you may have heard of it), "The Da Vinci Code."  It turns…


Judge in Philippines Discriminated Against for Being Psychic

The persecution of the psychically gifted continues.  Judge Florentino Floro, who until recently presided over a jurisdiction in suburban Manila, was removed from the bench on "administrative grounds" because of prejudice against those who have the ability to see the…


Judge Apologizes for Pre-Sentencing Super Bowl Cheer

Judge Beverly Grant of Pierce County, Washington, is a big Seahawks fan judging by her call for a "Go Seahawks!" cheer by everyone in the courtroom as she took the bench last Friday.   When the first response was fairly tepid,…