Judge Barry G. Williams

The Circuit Court judge, who used to lead the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and for five years was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, handled complex and touchy matters with crispness and humor—plus a bit of curtness that signals his distaste for shenanigans. At one point he told lawyers on both sides they should craft arguments that were useful rather than ones that would “get the best media sound bites.” If ever a case needed a dose of sharp sobriety, it is this one.
Illustration by Alex Fine
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