Look into my Crystal Ball
Apr 21, 2016
When I was a (younger) kid many moons ago, I remember going to the county fair. One of the booths housed Madame Mousee (pronounced Moo Say). The thing that caught my attention was her crystal ball. Didn't understand the cards or palm reading but that crystal ball really captivated me. As I stared at it, the ball started to glow and Madame Mousee told me that for $3, she could tell my future. Sure, why not. 10 minutes later (and $3 poorer), she told me the "spirits" told her that I was destined for greatness, that I'd meet the girl of my dreams, and that I'd die a rich man.
All that for $3? Not too shabby. On reflection, I did meet my dream girl and have two great kids (they think I'm a great daddy). Two out of three ain't bad. What was cool is that Madame Mousee really had her shtick together. Look into the ball and pull out the future. Wouldn't it be great if you had a crystal ball, say, before you went to court? Yeah, and maybe the crystal ball could tell you what the judge might do or might like you to do or what the judge really doesn't like? OH, MAN, would that be awesome or what!?!
Turns out, there is a resource at the Riverside County Law Library that acts like a crystal ball for judges in California called the Judicial Profiles. Created by the good folks at the Daily Journal, the Judicial Profiles are bibliographic exposes on judges here in California. They detail where the judge went to school, where (and in what fields) s/he practiced law (if s/he did practice law). It talks about what the judge likes people to do and not do in court. Heck, remember Lance Ito from the O.J. Simpson trial? He's in there, too, and his bio is little over two pages. He looks as bright and cheerful in his bio as he did on television (which is not such a good thing).
Anyway, your local county law library is full of surprising things that can help you get you where to need to be. So, why not come on in and let us help you find what you're looking to do (or get out of what you're already got yourself into, as the case may be).
Bret is a Legal Research & Instructional Services Librarian at our Main Library.