It's with sound reason most lawyers practicing inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse adopt a submissive stance with the four men and one woman who sit on the bench. Like all federal judges, these individuals have been appointed to their lofty positions for life by U.S. presidents and wield tremendous powers. But the judges aren't robots rendering identical rulings. Their mindsets and personalities—which vary greatly inside this stately, 10-story, Santa Ana federal building—can sway the outcome of important criminal and civil cases. Indeed, it's not rare when judges privately cringe at a... More >>>