Retired judge Frederic Block dishes on what happened the day Segal-san testified against the Gambino Crime Family.
I told him that he had to be more responsive: “Listen to me, I don’t have any experience in martial arts but I have other powers here. Just listen to the question and answer it.” I then took an early lunch break “so people can cool off a little bit.” When he came back into the courtroom for continued cross-examination, his tough-guy image was totally shattered. He brought two red shawls with him and asked me if he could place them over his lap to warm his chilly knees. The audience laughed.
The above quote is an excerpt from Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge.