A Tale of Two Judges
June 15, 2016
Groupthink dictates different treatment of “judicial independence.”
Judges usually manage to stay out of the news, but two of them in California have been getting lots of national attention lately: U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego, and Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky. Both judges have been criticized recently for making bad rulings, but the reaction to this criticism has been quite different. In one case, the commentariat frantically circled the wagons in defense of the judge; in the other, a veritable lynch mob has formed as critics jockey for position to see who can condemn the judge the loudest. Is a double standard at work? Let’s take a look.
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