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These men and women in robes are seen as wise and noble--above reproach in their decision making. But is that true? Today’s quotes are about judges and the role that they play in the justice system.

“Absent scandal, a federal judge can serve for decades on the bench, underscoring the importance of appointing judges who have a proper understanding of their constitutional role.”
-Paul Weyrich

“Judicial abuse occurs when judges substitute their own political views for the law.”
-Lamar S. Smith

“Judge: a law student who marks his own papers.”
-H.L. Mencken

“Thieves for their robbery have authority
When judges steal themselves.”
-William Shakespeare

“Judges rule on the basis of law, not public opinion, and they should be totally indifferent to pressures of the times.”
-Warren E. Burger

“Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.”
-Francis Bacon

“But I do believe this--I believe that fundamentally, society is headed in the right direction or wants to head in the right direction, and I think judges have an obligation to try to help it head there.”
-Judge Mills Lane

“But one way or another, judges perform a very vital function in our society. They have a risky job and they are entitled to security.”
-Arlen Specter

“Judicial judgment must take deep account of the day before yesterday in order that yesterday may not paralyze today.”
-Felix Frankfurter

“Judicial review has been a part of our democracy in this constitutional government for over 200 years.”
-Ron Kind

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