We have justifiably high demands of judges. With their weighty responsibilities, it's not wrong to expect fairness, impartiality, a willingness to listen to both sides of an argument, and above all, a deep and intimate knowledge of the law. After all, lives are at stake in their presence.
We also want judges to carefully consider their words with sober, solemn care because there are real world repercussions to what they say. And if there's any doubt about that, look no further than Britain, where one judge's remarks in court — not even a ruling, just a comment — have sparked a backlash.