Judges are statistically more likely to be stricter in their rulings as their lunch time approaches due to low glucose levels.
In 2002 a Painesville man was ordered by a judge to stand with a live pig next to a sign that read “This is not a police officer,” after the man referred to an officer as a pig during their confrontation.
US District Judge William Alsup learnt Java in order to better judge the Oracle vs. Google case.
There is a judge in Ohio who has sentenced people to spend a night in the woods alone (animal abandonment), be homeless for 24hrs (stealing a Salvation Army kettle), and stay silent or listen to classical music for a day (noise complaints).
In 1988, Texan judge Jack Hampton sentenced a man for 30 years for killing two gay men instead of life requested by the prosecutor. He justified it by stating “I put prostitutes and gays at about the same level … and I’d be hard put to give somebody life for killing a prostitute.”
In 1971, a woman petitioned a Judge for permission to sterilize her “somewhat retarded” daughter. Without a hearing, evidence, or representation for the daughter, the judge granted permission. The daughter later tried to sue the judge, but the Supreme Court voted 5-3 to grant the judge immunity.
A Pennsylvania judge was accepting bribes totalling $1 million for sending people to prison. 4,000 convictions have been overturned.
In 2012 the voters of Cook County in Illinois once again voted to keep a clinically insane judge on the bench. Judge Cynthia Brimm has had multiple hospitalizations following courtroom psychotic breakdowns and refuses to take her prescribed anti-psychotic medication.