"You can’t even wear a breast cancer awareness ribbon in a court room because it creates undue bias" do you have any sources, cause i cant find any
n. the power of the judge to make decisions on some matters without being bound by precedent or strict rules established by statutes. On appeal a higher court will usually accept and confirm decisions of trial judges when exercising permitted discretion, unless capricious, showing a pattern of bias, or exercising discretion beyond his/her authority.
- Berner v. Delahanty
- Because the courtroom is a nonpublic forum, Judge Delahanty’s decision to limit the Plaintiff’s wearing of the political button need only be; (1) reasonable in light of the purpose which the court serves and (2) viewpoint neutral. See Cornelius v. NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund Inc., 473 U.S. 788, 806, 105 S.Ct. 3439, 3451, 87 L.Ed.2d 567 (1984).
- “A courtroom is not a debate hall or a gathering place for the public to exchange ideas; it is a forum for adjudicating the rights and duties of litigants.” Kelly v. Municipal Court of Marion County,
It doesn’t actually matter what it is, if the judge determines that the pin worn creates an undue bias that prevents a neutral viewpoint. It’s entirely likely that not all judges do it, but in my personal life I’ve experienced such examples. While anecdotal, it still conveys the body of the point.