If You’re Going To Insult a Judge, Do It Right

OK, so I was in a courthouse today (not facing charges) when I happened upon the 2008 Dallas County Bench Book, a judge-authored directory of how-to-stay-out-of hot-water in courtrooms across the region. In it, I found North Texas U.S. District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer’s admonishment:

Judge Buchmeyer feels strongly that criticism of judges need not be trite and/or hackneyed (such as “the judge is stupid,” or “that ruling was asnine”). He expects criticisms that are creative and imaginative, like these:

… If a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, then Judge is living life on the edge.

… I don’t think they could really put Judge in a mental institution. But if he were already in, I don’t think they’d let him out.

… During trial, Judge did the work of three men: Moe … Larry … and Curly.

 Just the same, I’d leave federal judges alone. But that’s just me.

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