Thursday, November 9, 2017

Can a Judge Radically Change his Philosophy?

The answer is yes. Consider the late Honorable Charles Halleck who moved from being a conservative firebrand to an outspoken liberal. From the Washington Post:

Charles W. Halleck, an outspoken crew-cut conservative who transformed into a bearded, bell-bottom-wearing progressive during a 12-year stint as a D.C. Superior Court judge, stoking the anger of prosecutors and police officers while championing marginalized groups such as gays, prostitutes and marijuana users, died Oct. 31 at a nursing home in Portola Valley, Calif. He was 88.

You can read more about his colorful life here.

His father was Charles Halleck, sometime majority and minority leader of the Republicans in the  House of Representatives. Though he was quite conservative on most issues, he championed civil rights in the 1960s.

The lesson: Don’t write off people with whom you disagree. People can change.


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