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Too Old and Too Sick to Execute? No Such Thing in Ohio.

Ohio’s bungled execution of an elderly man shows that the death penalty is broken and barbaric. The famous appellate judge Richard Posner once wrote, “A civilized society locks up [criminals] until age makes them harmless, but it does...Show More Summary

Judge Posner Wants to Get Rid of Lawyers

Ever the lightning rod for controversy, former federal judge Richard Posner recently described his vision for lawyer-less civil trials. According to a Chicago Tribune piece, Posner would like to see real litigants go to trial like on Judge Judy. Not only would he like to see this, he believes......

Retired Judge Posner Benchslapped Back Over BS Benchslap

If judicial benchslaps were a literary genre, retired judge Richard Posner would be the Charles Dickens of benchslaps. From attorneys, to litigants, to other courts, if Judge Posner had an opinion, he made it known, regardless of hurt feelings or social sensitivities. However, in an interesting twist of fate,......

Judges vs. Bureaucrats

Slate is running a series of monthly dialogues between two of the nation’s most esteemed jurists, Richard A. Posner and Jed S. Rakoff. These conversations will be moderated by Joel Cohen, author of the book Blindfolds Off: Judges on How They Decide. Show More Summary

Will Some Lucky Pro Se Litigants Be Represented by Judge Posner?

Recently retired from the Seventh Circuit, Judge Richard Posner has indicated that he is interested in directly helping pro se litigants. The retired judge is rather vocal with his criticism of how the justice system is stacked against pro se litigants and has some ideas for systemic change. His......

Chief Circuit Judge Responds to Posner's Biting Criticisms

Fresh off the bench, Judge Richard Posner, or Dick, as Chief Judge Diane Wood calls him, has been stirring up some controversy on the court he used to serve. His new books explains his belief that pro se litigants don't get a fair shake in his former circuit, and......

10 Most Popular FindLaw Blog Posts Honoring Judge Posner

Judge Richard Posner is perhaps the most interesting judge in the world (quick, someone call Dos Equis). The popular and widely celebrated (by legal correspondents, reporters, journalists, and writers) jurist recently announced his retirement. After serving on the bench for decades, Judge Posner explained that he felt like he was......

Should a Judge Rely on the Law or His Own Common Sense?

Slate is running a series of monthly dialogues between two of the nation’s most esteemed jurists, Richard A. Posner and Jed S. Rakoff. These conversations will be moderated by Joel Cohen, author of the book Blindfolds Off: Judges on How They Decide. Show More Summary

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2 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

SUDDENLY RETIRED JUDGE RICHARD POSNER HAS BEEN DISHING IT TO HIS FORMER COLLEAGUES: In case you missed our "uncensored" interview with him, read it here. But the Seventh Circuit doesn't seem to want to take it anymore. Chief Judge Diane Wood has... Show More Summary

The Seventh Circuit Responds To Judge Richard Posner

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Chief Judge Diane Wood disputes Judge Richard Posner's claims about pro se litigants and cameras in the courtroom.

Judge Posner, Uncensored: ‘I Don’t Really Care What People Think’

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

The recently retired Richard Posner has lost none of his famous candor.

Retiring Appeals Court Judge Admits That He Couldn’t Care Less About Constitution

An independent judiciary helps protect us from tyranny. But it works better when judges take their jobs seriously, unlike recently retired federal appeals court Judge Richard Posner: “I pay very

Posner Thoughts Annotated: An Interview With Jack Metzler

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Can't get enough of Judge Richard Posner? There's a book for that!

Sidebar: An Exit Interview With Richard Posner, Judicial Provocateur

2 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

Retiring abruptly after 35 years on the bench, Judge Richard A. Posner says he will devote himself to helping people who cannot afford lawyers.

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The Backstory Behind Judge Richard Posner’s Retirement

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Judge Posner had some very specific reasons for his surprise retirement from the bench.

Richard Posner says he retired earlier than he'd intended because he "was not getting along with the other judges... about how the court treats pro se litigants."

He thinks pro se litigants "deserve a better shake," the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports.About 55 percent to 60 percent of the litigants who file appeals with the 7th Circuit represent themselves without lawyers. Very few pro se litigants are provided the opportunity to argue their cases in court. Show More Summary

Top 5 Awesome Opinions From the Bench of Judge Richard Posner

News broke at the end of last week that the fan favorite judge of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Honorable Richard Posner, was retiring. Here at FindLaw, we're big fans of the Pos -- after all, he's perhaps one of the most entertaining judges in U.S. history.......

“Utterly worthless,” “no better than a racket”

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

7th Circuit judges take carving knife to lawyers’ “footlong” class action settlement with Subway sandwich chain, after objections from Ted Frank [Lowering the Bar, earlier] Speaking of the Seventh Circuit, Judge Richard Posner, among the most influential legal thinkers and jurists of the past half-century, is stepping down. Show More Summary

Richard Posner, acerbic legal mind, retires from federal appeals court in Chicago

Judge Richard A. Posner, one of the nation's leading appellate judges, whose acerbic wit attracted an almost cultlike following within legal circles, is retiring after more than three decades with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Posner, 78, who stepped down effective Saturday,...

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