Appeals Over Sleeping Judges Studied
Posted May 2, 2007 11:55 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A sleep researcher has examined 15 cases of judicial sleepiness, finding that 10 resulted in retrials and up to five forced judges off the bench.
Researcher Ronald Grunstein, a professor in Sydney, Australia, suggests monitoring judges for sleepiness on the bench, Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog reports.
His study, posted by the blog, concludes the media takes a punitive approach to sleepy judges without recognition of possible medical causes.
Grunstein notes that other participants in the judicial system—namely, jurors—may also be vulnerable to sleepiness.