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The crying judge: Compassion does not equal bias | Marcel Strigberger

Tuesday, September 04, 2018 @ 10:23 AM | By Marcel Strigberger

B.C. provincial court Judge Monica McParland presided over a sexual interference case recently. She found the accused guilty. The defence lawyer moved to have the judge recuse herself from continuing on the basis of bias as the judge during the reading of a victim impact statement supposedly showed emotion as she allegedly cried.

The first question is can a judge show compassion? Enter Providence, R.I., municipal court Judge Frank Caprio.

His verdicts, loaded with compassion, have gone viral on social media. Judge Caprio, 80 years old...