Law: A Panel Tries to Judge a Judge

A jurist is challenged for his blunt courtroom remarks

With an audience like this," said U.S. District Judge Miles W. Lord as he gazed around the courtroom, "I should make a speech. It's very tempting." But throughout the two-day hearing last week in St. Paul, the outspoken judge was uncharacteristically quiet. The reason: the subject of the proceeding was Miles Lord.

At issue was Lord's treatment of three top A.H. Robins Co. executives who appeared in his courtroom last February to sign a $4.6 million settlement of seven lawsuits involving the pharmaceutical firm's Dalkon...

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