“Worst Judge in America”?

by Ed Whelan

In response to my recent post on Judge Richard Posner’s appalling performance at a recent oral argument, a conservative appellate lawyer has e-mailed this comment to me:

I’ve been singing this tune for years. Posner is, bar none, the worst judge in America. He’s totally unprepared, irrational, and abusive. 

I’ve noted before that “a number of appellate lawyers who follow the Seventh Circuit have conveyed to me their astonishment at how sloppy Posner is as a judge.” I’ve had a similar assessment of what I’ve read of his off-the-bench work.