When he is not tackling political issues and vying for election as the Democrats' favorite Republican, David Brooks amuses himself reading about new research in the social sciences. His NYT column this week alerts us to several new studies, among which is one of note to lawyers:
Judges are toughest around election time. Judges in Washington State are elected and re-elected into office. In a study for The Review of Economic Statistics, Carlos Berdejó and Noam Yuchtman found that these judges issue sentences that are 10 percent longer at their end of the political cycle than at the beginning.
Apropos of nothing particularly legal, he also points out a study that goes to show that men are dumber around women. I must say I hope this study pans out; it would be such a relief.