My friend is a legal secretary and she’s seen a few cross-examinations. She explained to me that what makes high drama on TV–when the defense pulls out some evidence that the prosecution had no idea of–doesn’t result in a triumph of justice in real life. It’s called a ‘mistrial’.
So the Perry Mason moments are few and far between but Judge Sotomayor pulled one off.
You won’t see the Wall Street Journal quoted often on our site, but here it is…
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), seeking to discredit Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy, cited her 2001 “wise Latina” speech, and contrasted the view that ethnicity and sex influence judging with that of Judge Miriam Cedarbaum, who “believes that judges must transcend their personal sympathies and prejudices.”
“So I would just say to you, I believe in Judge Cedarbaum’s formulation,” Sessions told Sotomayor.
“My friend Judge Cedarbaum is here,” Sotomayor riposted, to Sessions’ apparent surprise.
Read the whole post. Perhaps Judges Sotomayor and Cedarbaum have some wisdom of experience that Sen. Sessions could learn from.