Judge Richard A. Posner, whose restless intellect, withering candor and superhuman output made him among the most provocative figures in American law in the last half-century, recently announced his retirement.
The move was abrupt, and I called him up to ask what had prompted it.
“About six months ago,” Judge Posner said, “I awoke from a slumber of 35 years.” He had suddenly realized, he said, that people without lawyers are mistreated by the legal system, and he wanted to do something about it.
The immediate reason for his retirement was less abstract, he said. He had become concerned with the plight of litigants who represented themselves in civil cases, often filing handwritten appeals. Their grievances were real, he said, but the legal system was treating them impatiently, dismissing their cases over technical matters.
“These were almost always people of poor education and often of quite low level of intelligence,” he said. “I gradually began to realize that this wasn’t right, what we were doing.”
(Did I forget some thread circa 2005 where we speculated about the most unlikely possible futures -- including this, Trump becoming president, **** like that? A thread that maybe some bored godling decided to use as a template?)
I would like to give you several thumbs up re your point of view, and thanks for explaining it.
I was only momentarily at Abuzz but remember the name massagato. Sounds like a good name for a bad dog... except that I tend to like dogs.