OK, so I was in a courthouse today (not facing charges) when I happened upon the 2008 Dallas County Bench Book, aÂ judge-authored directoryÂ of how-to-stay-out-of hot-water in courtrooms across the region. In it, I found North TexasÂ 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.
Â Just the same, I’d leave federal judges alone. But that’s just me.