“The appellate remedy is constrained by both process and perception. It is constrained by process because the standard used by appellate courts to review trial level findings is highly deferential and generally only reviews the trial record for clear errors or abuses of discretion. Plus, even if an error is raised, appellate courts may determine that error is harmless. Thus, as long as the corrupt judge influences the case before her in a way that appears on the record to be procedurally sound, that judge’s ruling has little chance of being reversed.”

Source: Timothy M. Stengel. “Absolute Judicial Immunity Makes Absolutely No Sense. An Argument For An Exception To Judicial Immunity.” 84 Temple Law Review 1071, 1102. 2012.

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