Friday, May 23, 2008

In Re Carlsson (Cal. Ct. App. - May 23, 2008)

"This may come as a shock to you, Judge Peter McBrien (up in Sacramento County). But you can't walk out in the middle of a trial -- literally -- and decide the case on whatever evidence happened to have been already presented. I don't care how busy you are. Justice doesn't work that way.

So we're reversing you. And assigning the case on remand to a different judge. And while we first resolved the case in an unpublished disposition, we've now decided to publish it. So the slams on you now get to be read by everyone.

Think about that next time. As well as any other would-be Judge McBriens out there."

Justice Butz utters similar words.