The Judiciary: The Judge Takes the Stand

Judge Irving Ben Cooper had heard himself called a temperamental tyrant who threw tantrums on the bench "like a baby in a high chair." One attorney testified that Cooper had berated her in court as "a crummy little lawyer from the crummy little Legal Aid Society." Another witness described his addressing a group of youthful defendants: "You are all punks." Confirmation of Cooper's appointment to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York was opposed by both the American Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers Association.


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