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This article is the first in an Expert Analysis series of book reviews from judges.
There is a wonderful sketch of Judge Richard Allen Posner drawn by the late Richard Levine. It shows the judge, dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture, kicking a human brain down a hallway. The judge is caricatured with a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses."
Because I am a Posner groupie holding the judge in extremely high regard and because I have written a lot about him, I suppose that is why Law360® solicited this review from the likes of me, a 70-plus senior United States district judge (with a big mouth). Whatever the reasons, I am privileged to provide it. Here goes.
While I will later give my own point of view, it is helpful to highlight several reviews. I know you, the reader, hate long block quotes, but this one from Publishers Weekly is worth reading slowly and carefully: