American courtrooms are supposed to be arenas of impartiality. Of course, they don’t always live up to this ideal, especially when we hear of so many judges “legislating from the bench,” usually on the liberal side.
For a change, one judge has stirred up controversy simply by doing the right thing. He saw a lawyer doing something unacceptable in his courtroom and put his foot down.
According to Conservative Tribune:
Youngstown, Ohio, attorney Andrea Burton was removed from a Youngstown courtroom by Municipal Court Judge Robert Milich last week after refusing to take off a pin supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. (…)
Judge Milich said he wasn’t trying to interject his opinions, but rather to keep opinions from seeping into the courtroom and having inappropriate influence.
“A judge doesn’t support either side,” he said. “A judge is objective and tries to make sure everyone has an opportunity to have a fair hearing, and it was a situation where it was just in violation of the law.”
[T]he NAACP plans to see if the judge’s ruling violates Burton’s constitutional rights (even though a quick look through case history would show that it doesn’t) and community activists are up in arms.
The judge’s response is restrained within the scope of the law, but he brings down the hammer on this attorney in contempt of court:
She was found in contempt of court and sentenced to five days in jail, although the sentence is on hold pending an appeal. She’ll be allowed to stay out of jail so long as no other politically motivated pins or other statements show up on her clothing in the courtroom.
The lawyer’s supporters are trying to compare this political pin to a cross or Star of David. It’s an absurd argument, except for the fact that to “progressives,” identity politics are a kind of religion. Are we really certain the Supreme Court wouldn’t agree?
Credit: Conservative Tribune