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Trials and Arbitration

Judging judges: The numbers can mislead

Judging judges: The numbers can mislead

As a practicing lawyer, I am keenly aware that the facts and circumstances of each particular case are considered by a trial judge when issuing a sentence. Publishing or exposing the outcome of that deliberative process, without providing proper context, will lead to misconstrued criticisms of our bench (“The public needs some way to judge the judges,” Feb. 13).

It will also lead judges, whether consciously or unconsciously, to consider the political or public response to their sentences, which is not where we want their minds to...