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Connections: Is It Realistic To Expect Judges To Remain Apolitical?

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg touched off a national conversation about the behavior of judges when she harshly criticized Donald Trump. From all political sides, Ginsburg was criticized for abandoning the judicial code of conduct that requires judges not to voice political opinions. She later apologized.

We discuss whether it's realistic to expect judges to remain apolitical, and why it matters when they speak about political candidates. Our guests:

  • Mark Foti, chair of the Monroe County Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, and former public defender
  • Patricia Marks, retired Monroe County Court Judge
  • Jim Bowers, chair of the Department of Legal Studies at St. John Fisher College
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.