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Capitol Chatter: Judge makes things up as she goes

Published 07/15/2011, State Capitol Bureau

Judge Kathleen Gearin accepted a tough task, deciding what state programs would be funded during a state government shutdown, and she tackled it with an openness seldom seen in the often-mysterious court system. “We’re making this up as we go along,” she said while hearing arguments about whether road construction projects should continue. Talking about a previous ruling she had made, she declared: “I don’t know if I’m right. I call it the best I can call it.”

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