When a Judge Second-Guesses His Ruling (Long After)

, New York Law Journal

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In his Ethics and Criminal Practice column, Joel Cohen of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, writes: We seem to think that once a judge puts pen to paper and finally decides a case, the decision is final in his own mind—there is no reverie; no compunction; no troubling self-doubt. But it isn't always like that, as shown by now-retired Justice Frank Barbaro's coming forward to seek to undo what he considers an injustice over a non-jury murder conviction he handed down in 1999.

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