Sunday, December 02, 2007

Judge Cassell leaving the bench

Cassell is truly great man
Deseret Morning News, November 26, 2007, at __.

U.S. District Judge Paul Cassell is the perfect case study on what a judge ought to be. At every turn, on the issue of sentencing, he disagreed with the law, but instead of doing as he pleased he followed the law while pointing out its flaws. And finally he decided to leave the bench to pursue advocacy (instead of doing so from the bench).

I have followed Cassell's career since he argued the case of United States v. Dickerson before the Supreme Court (dealing with the continued viability of the Miranda decision; he lost) and will continue to do so. He is a great man from whom we younger attorneys can learn a lot. I wish him continued success.