Law: Challengeable Judges

A cardinal principle in criminal law is that either side of an action can challenge, without offering a reason, a certain number of jurors. All 48 U. S. States accept this principle. But some U. S. judges are as objectionable as some U. S. jurors, and hitherto the only way a lawyer could avoid trying his cause before a judge he disliked or distrusted was to prove prejudice on the part of the judge or to switch his case to some other court on jurisdictional grounds.

This week in California a unique law takes effect which amends this state of affairs, permits...

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