The Nonsense Stops Here

The story is told of the time Martin Luther King's widow Coretta Scott King was waiting to testify in a criminal case before Judge Norma Holloway Johnson. The judge sent a U.S. marshal to bring Mrs. King into the courtroom, but he returned alone, saying the civil rights matriarch needed another 10 minutes to prepare herself. Johnson, jabbing her finger in the air, responded quickly: "Martin, I'd give another 10 minutes. Her, I want here right now."

The tale may be apocryphal, but it captures the no-nonsense style of the judge who will play a key role in shaping Kenneth Starr's...

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