Judges and judgments in the news. Tom DeLay indicted. A new Supreme Court Chief Justice sworn in, effectively ending the chance for a Rehnquist Memorial Amnesty inspired by Biblical law. A Rosh Yeshiva resigns because he violates Jewish law (i.e., the law against homosexual activity).
In Israel, a convicted forger refuses to resign as a judge. She also destroyed court documents. (Am I missing something here?!) Judge Hila Cohen, at least you've got chutzpah. "Your hands are sullied with blood and your fingers with sin" (Isaiah 59), the Talmud (bShab 139a) assigns this verse to corrupt judges and court scribes.
The same Talmud page teaches that it is permissible to teach boorish judges a less sophisticated form of The Law. In other words, if you aren't educated, you are in no position to take advantage of the leniencies of the erudite. So, there is one law for the unlearned, like the "Bashkarians", and a more comprehensive law for Bnei Torah, i.e. scholars of rabbinic law. In jurisprudence, this is the difference between law for the judges and law for the masses. I wonder if it also might shed light on R. Moshe Feinstein's 1981 responsum on smoking, in which he argues that smoking is permissible because "The Lord preserves the simple" (shomer peta'im HaShem) but that Bnei Torah shouldn't get addicted or let their children smoke.
Finally, judgment will come for the Red Sox. Saved by the last game of the season, the Red Sox face the White Sox. Repent all ye sinners in Red Sox Nation, else we will be wearing white -- the pure color of the High Holy-Days -- this week.
May you be sealed in the book of life,