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The Boston Globe


Adrian Walker

Evidence of bias against black judges

For 10 years, Massachusetts judges have been quietly and anonymously rated by the lawyers who appear before them.

Jurists are rated on a broad range of issues, from their courtroom courtesy to their promptness in delivering written opinions. The lawyers’ ratings, delivered via anonymous questionnaires, are the state’s only formal system for judging the state’s judges, who are appointed until retirement at age 70.

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