One activity I always enjoyed with my father whenever I was home on vacation on a weekday was watching episodes of "Judge Judy". You could always count on her exploding with rage at some poor sap who is (a) an idiot (b) a sneaky but not sneaky enough liar and (c) someone who had never seen the show before and didn't know what they were in for. I have now been watching a lot of the show's cases on Youtube and it's a guilty pleasure.
One thing my dad and I agreed on despite our political differences was that Judge Judy should be on the U.S. Supreme Court if not for the fact that she wouldn't want to take the pay cut. (Note--Judy's bailiff makes more each year than our Supreme Court justices. And he should, since he has done far less to make a mockery of the legal profession than they have). Consider the possibilities of Justice Sheindlin:
1) Senators at her confirmation hearing being told that on their best day, they're not as smart as her on her worst day.
2) Top litigators from firms like Cravath or Skadden being told not to pee on her leg and tell her it's raining.
3) Opinions being written in ALL CAPS.
The more you think about it the more you realize it's not a bad idea. Judge Judy doesn't have any obvious political biases (at least none that show up in her "court" cases); she has plenty of experience as an actual court judge prior to having her TV show; she is basically free from scandal. Hell, FDR put a Klansman on the court (Hugo Black), and Eisenhower made a Chief Justice out of the guy who as California Governor happily rounded up Americans of Japanese ancestry to put into camps without trial during WWII (Earl Warren--which explains why he tried to repent as a bleeding heart afterwards. But screw that guy, he's still a bastard for that).
Let's hope the President reads this when the next vacancy comes up!
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