The article last Sunday about Circuit Judge Joe Baker interviewing his son-in-law and a computer-consultant friend to help him decide whether to reduce a $2 million jury verdict against Disney Vacation Club Management Corp. to $1,000 misses the point.
If Judge Baker
is convicted of violating judicial ethics in his
upcoming public trial, it would be an irony indeed if, after Baker
has hired a lawyer to confront and cross-examine witnesses, the decision was based on private interviews outside the courtroom.
I have a feeling that his
lawyer would appeal and win a reversal as Judge Baker
was reversed when he
did private interviews.