The following editorial appears Monday in the print edition.
Justice Sanders’ outburst was hardly judicious
Yelling ‘Tyrant’ at the short-timer attorney general isn’t the best way to express a difference of opinion.
State Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders may not have violated any judicial canons when he yelled "Tyrant! You are a tyrant!" at the U.S. attorney general during a speech last week in Washington D.C.
But he sure violated the rules of common sense and courtesy.
Sanders’ voice is clearly caught on tape, as is Attorney General Michael Mukasey’s startled expression. Mukasey later fainted – it’s not believed to be related to Sanders’ outburst – but he has since recovered.