Gibson’s Bookstore will host the Honorable Charles Benjamin Schudson on May 8 at 6 p.m. Schudson is a Wisconsin Reserve Judge Emeritus, an adjunct/visiting professor of law, and the author of Independence Corrupted: How America’s Judges Make Their Decisions. Nominated for the 2018 National Book Award, the 2019 Chautauqua Prize, and the 2019 ABA Silver Gavel Award, this book provides a penetrating view into the minds of judges.
With experience as both a trial and appellate judge, Schudson knows the factors affecting judicial decisions. With engaging candor, he takes readers behind the bench to probe judicial minds analyzing actual trials and sentencings – of abortion protesters, murderers, sex predators, white supremacists and others. He takes us into chambers to see judges forging appellate decisions about life and death, multimillion-dollar damages, and priceless civil rights. And, most significantly, he exposes the personal, professional, financial and political pressures that threaten judicial ethics and independence. Independence Corrupted is invaluable for students, lawyers, judges and all citizens concerned about the future of the courts.