Judges don’t have to put up with litigants’ sniping in the media | The Hill

Perhaps President Donald Trump has crossed the line with his comments about court proceedings. Or perhaps he hasn’t. Let’s now consider the merits.

Regardless of this particular case, judges never have to put up with parties who publicly attack themselves, lawyers, witnesses or prosecutors with lies.

In criminal proceedings, the judges have a hammer to wield in the form of conditions of release. When the conditions are violated, the judge can take steps right up to locking the abuser in prison.

But it may be better to call the bully’s bluff instead.

Parties who attack judges for alleged bias can be put to the test. The judge assigned to a case can ask another judge to hold a hearing on whether the assigned judge should be disqualified. The new judge…Read More

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