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March 28, 2005

Let's Be Honest: You Need Judges To Ruin This Country On Your Behalf

If not them, who?:

Former Manhattan judge Bruce Wright, who earned the enmity of the police union and others in the 1970s with his controversial bail policies for minority and low income defendants, has died. He was 86. [H]e was perhaps best known for his policy on bail, which prompted the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association to dub Wright "Turn 'Em Loose Bruce." The judge was adamant that his imposition of low bail was simply upholding the Eighth Amendment, which states that "excessive bail shall not be required."

The native of Princeton, N.J., first created a furor in 1972 when he released a man charged with killing a police officer on $500 bail -- a figure another judge boosted to $25,000. Two years later, he released without bail another suspect accused of the attempted murder of a police officer.

That same year, Wright was transferred to Civil Court -- a move the judge fought, suing to return to Criminal Court. He was transferred back in 1978, and quickly created another controversy by releasing without bail a suspect accused of slashing a police officer's throat.

Tipster RCL has come to praise Wright, not to bury him:

We must always remember, whether aiding and abetting cop killers or starving disabled women to death, judges and their rulings are never wrong.

Judges: lawyers who couldn't hack long hours and competitive careerism and so joined the good-enough-for-government-work civil service.

Is there anything they can't do?

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