The 11 defendants were due to appear in court on Dec. 3, 2004 on traffic charges but had mistakenly been directed to another courtroom. When they failed to appear in Sloop's courtroom even though two other judges and a bailiff advised him of the mistake, he ordered them arrested and jailed for failure to appear before him.
They made a mistake. It was not their fault. You knew that. And you had them arrested and jailed anyway?
Exactly who taught this judge law? Who believes that it was "an honest mistake" by the judge? Frankly, saying that he suffers from a medical condition that causes this ought to be reason enough to conclude that his conduct was knowingly bad: the best that can be said of it is that his failure to take medication is reckless.
My quotation from the North Country Gazette, for those wondering, is based on legal reasoning from someone who knows copyright law, rather than, presumably, the legal hacks who wrote the note at the bottom of the article. For those looking for further information on fair use, check this out. For those willing to tolerate silly notices like that, check out the North Country Gazette -- it has some interesting articles even for those like myself who are not interested in "joining" things.