Bench Memos

“The Arrogance of King George”

In City Journal, Mark Pulliam provides a lacerating review of the “self-serving” and “mean-spirited” memoir of Ronald M. George, chief justice of the California supreme court from 1996 to 2011. (Pulliam’s well-informed take comports with my admittedly much more distant view of George.) As Pulliam sums it up, “George’s story is significant if only as an illustration of judicial hubris, of how power breeds arrogance, and of how a desire for respect from the establishment leads to activism from the bench.”


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