The Judiciary: A Sergeant's Reward

Though all my law is fudge, Yet I'll never, never budge, But I'll live and die a judge! —Trial by Jury, Gilbert & Sullivan

His legal background is not exactly fudge, though it notably lacks the hard center of juridical experience to be expected of a federal judge. That deficiency has never budged Francis Xavier Morrissey from his deep-seated ambition to win a life appointment to the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts.

Last week, over strong, longstanding protests from the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association and the chief judge of the court involved, Morrissey,...

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