The defendant, prosecutors, and defense lawyers have all become bit players.
The LA Times describes him as:
" … cantankerous, jocular, impatient and verbose …"
In law school classes and in the history of the Trump Administration he will be positioned and packaged as "the one" who declared that in themselves spending lavishly or having a lot of money were not crimes. He chastised the prosecution for harping on those things and told them to get back to the evidence.
In addition, he reprimanded eye rolls by lawyers.
Part of his aura is that he smoothly also makes fun of himself. Nearly 80, he does self-deprecating humor about his reduced hearing and other losses.
His major contribution to the U.S. legal sector may be the model he has created for riding herd on lawyers. They usually are the burr under judges' saddles. They have to be allowed to be vigorous in representing their client or going for a conviction of the alleged bad guys. However, they have to get the message from the judge that excess will not be tolerated. So, they should choose their shots wisely.
If new episodes for "Law & Order" were being made, a likely one would deal with how Jack McCoy planned to present a case before an Ellis kind of judge. The media would be rooting for the judge and McCoy would be risking his image. The wrong motion and he could become a laughing stock on the front page of a Manhattan tabloid.
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