Posted By Cliff Tuttle | April 16, 2017
I knew it couldn’t last.
Judge Richard Kopf, a Senior United States District Judge in Nebraska, is blogging again.
He shut down his long-time site,Hercules and the Umpire, a couple of years ago because court employees stated in a poll that they thought that the blog reflected poorly on the reputation of the court. He also created a few mild earthquakes when he ventured into the swampy ground of politics.
Yes, there’s a world of literary, artistic and creative endeavors that wouldn’t exist if we insist that people like judges refrain from coloring outside the lines. Or, as Craig Jarrow of Time Management Ninja occasionally observes, average is a polite synonym for mediocre.
So now, thanks to the restless imagination of Judge Richard Kopf, we have him contributing his thoughts on life and law in Mimesis Law, subtitled “New Fault Lines Website.”
According to the credits, Mimesis Law is a blog with various contributors. However, the link above contains only Judge Kopf’s contributions.
Here’s a sample of the wisdom and entertainment we might lose by muzzling the likes of Judge Kopf:
THE PROPER RESPONSE WHEN AN OFFENDER LAUGHS AT A JUDGE DURING SENTENCING
Oct. 28, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — “Ruling upholds extra prison time for felon who laughed during sentencing.”
Not often, but within the last week for example, a defendant has laughed at me during sentencing. While I have a flash of anger, I have never sentenced someone to a longer prison term because of such behavior. Why? ‘Cause I always think of the following incident.
I remember an obese judge in these parts whose docket consisted of a fairly large number of professional prostitutes. He tired of seeing one in particular. Thus, he sentenced the prostitute to jail rather than the customary fine.
The lady of the evening then responded, “You’re a fat fuck!” She added, “I suppose your’re gonna give me more time.”
The overweight judge paused. Then said, “No, madam, truth is an absolute defense!”
As judges, maybe, just maybe, we ought not to take ourselves so seriously. But, what do I know?
Richard G. Kopf
Senior United States District Judge
FOOTNOTE: as defined in Wikipedia
Mimesis (/maɪˈmiːsəs/; Ancient Greek: μίμησις (mīmēsis), from μιμεῖσθαι (mīmeisthai), “to imitate,” from μῖμος (mimos), “imitator, actor”) is a critical and philosophical term that carries a wide range of meanings, which include imitation, representation, mimicry, imitatio, receptivity, nonsensuous similarity, the act of resembling, the act of expression, and the presentation of the self.
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