Reflections from the Bench
Reflections from the Bench

Chief Justice John Marshall, the nation’s fourth, served thirty-four and a half years in that role. Roger B. Taney, who succeeded Marshall, served for twenty-eight and a half years. The two are the first a...

Roger B. Taney: One Decision Makes a Legacy, Part I

Chief Justice John Marshall, the nation’s fourth, served thirty-four and a half years in that role. Roger B. Taney, who succeeded Marshall, served for twenty-eight and a half years. The two are the first a...

“Your Honor, I’ve made that motion before eight different judges, and you’re the first one to deny it.” As weak as this lawyer’s argument was from a legal standpoint, the implication was clear: You...

Today I learn, tomorrow I teach

“Your Honor, I’ve made that motion before eight different judges, and you’re the first one to deny it.” As weak as this lawyer’s argument was from a legal standpoint, the implication was clear: You...

Changes in laws and in everyday practices seem to crawl along in our court system, usually brought about by absolute necessity and occurring every decade or so. I discovered changes that I hadn’t known abo...

No gavel? Bang your stapler; and don’t file sandwiches

Changes in laws and in everyday practices seem to crawl along in our court system, usually brought about by absolute necessity and occurring every decade or so. I discovered changes that I hadn’t known abo...

active-retired judge, Claremore, Oklahoma...
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Roger B. Taney: One Decision Makes a Legacy, Part I

No gavel? Bang your stapler; and don’t file sandwiches

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