TOUGH BUT FAIR….The judge in Scooter Libby’s perjury trial will be Reggie Walton of the federal district court in Washington DC. Here’s what the New York Times quotes one of his colleagues saying about him:

“You’re always going to get a fair trial with him,” Judge Lamberth said, “but if you’re convicted, he’s going to ensure you do adequate time to reflect the crime.”

Have you ever read a story in which anyone said anything different about a judge picked for a high profile case? They’re always tough (but fairminded!), well versed in the law, run a tight ship, and have earned the respect of defense and prosecution alike. Real paragons. But there must be some lazy, stupid, and widely detested judges on the bench too. How come they never get randomly picked for any of these cases?