Virtual Meet the Authors: Tough Cases
Trial judges wrestle with their most challenging cases.
Thursday, October 29: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Judge Russell F. Canan, Judge Gregory E. Mize, Judge Frederick H. Weisberg and Judge Reggie B. Walton discuss the toughest cases they have ever had to decide.
Tough Cases: Trial Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made. Judge Russell F. Canan, Judge Gregory E. Mize, Judge Frederick H. Weisberg and Judge Reggie B. Walton are co-editors and contributing authors to Tough Cases, a collection of thirteen stories written by trial judges from around the country about their hardest cases. In addition to Judge Canan’s, Judge Mize’s Judge Weisberg’s challenging cases in the Superior Court, some of the cases received international attention: the Scooter Libby case by Judge Reggie Walton, the Elián González case in which Judge Jennifer Bailey had to decide whether to return a seven-year-old boy to his father in Cuba after his mother drowned trying to bring the child to the United States, and the Terri Schiavo case in which Judge George Greer had to decide whether to withdraw life support from a woman in a vegetative state over the objections of her parents.
Tough Cases demystifies judicial decision making and gives the reader a ringside seat as to how trial judges wrestle with their most challenging cases.
Judge Russell F. Canan is a Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Judge Canan chaired a committee studying wrongful convictions was the former Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division. Before joining the bench Judge Canan was a criminal defense lawyer and a co-founder of the Southern Center for Human Rights.
Judge Gregory E. Mize serves as a senior judge on the D.C. Superior Court, a judicial fellow at the National Center for State Courts, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown U. Law Center.
Judge Frederick H. Weisberg is a Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Judge Weisberg chaired the District of Columbia Sentencing Commission and was the former Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division. Before joining the bench Judge Weisberg served on both the trial and appellate staff of the Public Defender Service.
Judge Reggie B. Walton is currently a Senior Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and was a judge on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Prior to serving in his current position, Judge Walton served as a Judge on the Superior Court for the District of Columbia, was The Associate Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Executive Office of the President and the Senior White House Advisor for Crime.
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