Kids-For-Cash Judges Denied Absolute Judicial Immunity

Shannon P. Duffy of The Legal Intelligencer offers this report:

Even the doctrine of absolute judicial immunity proved to be too weak a defense for the two disgraced former Luzerne County judges who are the leading figures in Pennsylvania's "kids-for-cash" scandal.
A federal judge has ruled that the pair -- Michael T. Conahan and Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. -- are immune only for actions they took in court or while ruling on cases, but that they can still be sued for their roles in an alleged conspiracy to take kickbacks from the owner and builder of a privately run juvenile prison. Conahan had also asserted a defense of legislative immunity, arguing that some of the allegations lodged against him stemmed from the funding decisions he made in his role as president judge.

Bizzaro World or Consolation Prize?

You decide.

False Rape and False Arrest

Law.com has this fascinating account of a woman who had been jailed for filing a false rape complaint.  Later her claim was proven truthful.  I had to call this case interesting, because the poor victim must have been completely traumatized.  Nevertheless, a hazard of working among the suffering is that one comes to view human suffering as interesting.  There's a balance.

If you allow yourself to get sucked into your client's problems, you'd have a nervous breakdown.  Unlike a client, a civil rights or criminal lawyer has dozens of clients.  That's dozens of traumas.  If you ignore the suffering altogether, you become jaded and thus less persuasive.  As David Hume recognized, all movement follows emotion.  If you don't care, where would you find the motivation to work?