By Richard G. Kopf
When a trial judge like me gets a high-profile case, the sphincter tightens. Visions of Judge Lance Ito and the O.J. murder case dance in the mind like demented sugar plum fairies on meth. Taking the suggestion of the editors of the Bulletin, herewith is a short piece on how great lawyers saved my bacon in a case that made the New York Times editorial page and ultimately the Supreme Court. That case is Gonzales v. Carhart. While I was ultimately reversed when the Supreme Court changed its mind about whether legislators were required to consider the health of women when regulating abortions, I avoided becoming a punch line for late-night comedians. Here is the short version of how the lawyers from both sides saved me and, far more importantly, how they aided the cause of justice.
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How Extraordinary Lawyers Saved an Ordinary Trial Judge from Mucking Up an Extraordinary Case
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