WOMEN: Privilege of the Podium

Mrs. Margaret Harpstrite, a conciliation commissioner in Los Angeles children's court, happened to tell her boss, Judge Georgia Bullock, that an interesting case was on the docket: Actress Susan Hay ward and her estranged husband Jess Barker were coming in to talk over the custody of their children. "Fine," said motherly Judge Bullock. "Let me know when they come."

When they did, Judge Bullock hurried upstairs to have her picture taken with the Barkers. Mrs. Harpstrite left the room in tears. "She had to be in the picture," Mrs. Harpstrite cried, "so let her take the case herself. I won't...

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