TITLE

Laying down the law

AUTHOR(S)
Hira, Nadira A.
PUB. DATE
June 2005
SOURCE
Fortune;6/27/2005, Vol. 151 Issue 13, p115
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents an interview with Milton L. Williams, Associate Justice in the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division in New York City. On my very first case as a criminal-court judge in 1977, I gave a young man a year in jail for car theft. Afterwards I had to sit in the robing room for 15 minutes; I needed to contemplate the immense new power I had. Now that I'm an appellate-court judge hearing both civil and criminal appeals, that power's even more palpable. But it's not mine--it's the power of the robe, the bench, the law. When a statute is ambiguous, you look for the intent of the legislature. And if there's disagreement and you are in the minority, you write a dissenting opinion. You can't let your personal feelings dictate your decision. Ultimately, what I consider most when making a decision is the impact our ruling will have on society.
ACCESSION #
17328732

 

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