Legal-Ease column: “Judges: thankless umpires”

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts headlined last week’s news as he presided over President Trump’s impeachment trial. Justice Roberts explained his role as being that of an umpire in a baseball game, calling balls and strikes. Nevertheless, some people disagreed with whether Justice Roberts should only be calling balls and strikes and other people disagreed with whether any particular pitch was a ball or strike.

Justice Roberts demonstrates the struggles that all judges (some courts, like the Supreme Court, refer to judges as justices) face daily.  Even though we may disagree with them, almost all decisions made by judges at all levels of our government are fair, impartial and well-thought-out.

Attention is often focused on judges’ political affiliations, particularly as to controversial cases.  However, most attorneys cannot discern a judge’s political affiliation by reading his or her decisions.

Read more about this in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: “Legal-Ease column: “Judges: thankless umpires”,”

Source:, “Legal-Ease column: “Judges: thankless umpires”,” by Lee R. Schroeder, February 1, 2020

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

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