The Wall Street Journal quotes U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf who offered advice to young judges, as follows:
“It’s not your job to save the world. Do law, leave justice to Clint Eastwood.”
What a notion he has–that it is not a judges job to mete out justice–how (oxy)moronic!
Instead, the judge says that is for vigilantes like Clint Eastwood’s role in Dirty Harry (or perhaps Charles Bronson in Death Wish).
While I understand that the law is the law, you would think that a judge’s role is to not only ensure that it is applied evenly, but also that it is meted out fairly.
As it says in the Torah/Bible (Deuteronomy 16:20), “Justice, Justice shall you pursue.”
It is not enough for the “justice system” to enforce laws brainlessly, but the role of the judicial branch is to interrupt the law so that justice results.
What a contrast to even the bumbling inspector, Clouseau, in the movie, The Pink Panther, who knows “Yuri, the trainer who trains,” but some of our judges don’t seem to know that they are judges who sit in judgement.
So much for “jurisprudence”–but without any prudence!
Doing law, without pursuing justice is like dehydrated water in this picture–empty and good for nothing. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)