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MEMBERS OF THE CALHOUN AND KALAMAZOO COUNTY BARS

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

Then the same judge sits in a court of chancery to try these other cases on the basis of justice and equity. Now, it seemed that Judge Littlejohn, whether sitting in the circuit court or in chancery, was always sitting as a judge in a court of equity. That is, in whatever court he was presiding, he always endeavored as we have said, to temper the severity of the law to the weakness of the criminal, with justice and equity, for he really put every man's case in equity, tried it slowly, got all the facts and clear evidence in the case, and held to them through all the conflict and arguments of the counsel on both sides. Instead of making law the stern, unfeeling, technical arbiter between man. and man. he strove to make it the benevolent interpreter and guide through the mazes of the trial.
An old member of the bar, noted for his bull dog tenacity in all his suits,, had asked the judge to charge the jury so and so. The judge replied, "I decline, sir, to charge the jury as you request. " Being still importuned by the lawyer to charge thus and thus, the judge, growing indignant at such persistent impertinence, turned to the lawyer, and, with a manner and emphasis that would have made any other member of the bar quail, retorted, "I tell you, sir, that I decline to charge as you direct. It is not in accordance with the law and the facts in the case. "

Michigan Bar


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