THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 AT 7PM
BY JUDGE MICHELLE AHNN
& JUDGE FREDERICK WEISBERG
In Tough Cases, judges from all over the country write about the cases that proved most difficult for them to decide.
In Tough Cases, judges from different kinds of courts in different parts of the country write about the cases that proved most difficult for them to decide. Some of these cases received international attention: the Elián González case in which Judge Jennifer Bailey had to decide whether to return a seven-year-old boy to his father in Cuba after his mother drowned trying to bring the child to the United States, or the Terri Schiavo case in which Judge George Greer had to decide whether to withdraw life support from a woman in a vegetative state over the objections of her parents, or the Scooter Libby case about appropriate consequences for revealing the name of a CIA agent.
Others are less well-known but equally fascinating: a judge on a Native American court trying to balance U.S. law with tribal law, a young Korean American former defense attorney struggling to adapt to her new responsibilities on the other side of the bench, and the difficult decisions faced by a judge tasked with assessing the mental health of a woman accused of killing her own children.
Relatively few judges have publicly shared the thought processes behind their decision making. Tough Cases makes for fascinating reading for everyone from armchair attorneys and fans of Law and Order to those actively involved in the legal profession who want insight into the people judging their work.
“Tough Cases . . . provides an invaluable public service, as the judicial branch is perpetually shrouded in mystery. Even more important, though, several judges go further by shedding the self-serving, wholly unrealistic pretense that legal interpretation never confronts shades of gray.”
—Justin Driver, The Washington Post
Judge Michelle Ahnn was appointed as a judge in Nov. 2015 by Governor Edmund Brown. She currently presides over a misdemeanor calendar and trial court. From 1999-2001, Judge Ahnn worked as an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. Judge Ahnn moved back to Los Angeles and worked as a Deputy Alternate Public Defender from 2001 to 2015. In 2004 and 2005, she was a Lecturer at UCLA School of Law, teaching Criminal Trial Advocacy.
Judge Frederick Weisberg was appointed to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia by President Carter in 1977. From 1989 through 1995, he was the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division. From 1999 until his retirement in 2018, Judge Weisberg also served as the Chairman of the District of Columbia Sentencing Commission. As a Guggenheim Fellow, Judge Weisberg taught in the Sentencing Principles Seminar at Yale Law School from 1984 to 1986. He has lectured and taught at several other law schools, including annually at the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop.
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