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Without PrecedentThe Life of Susie Marshall Sharp$
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Anna R. Hayes

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832141

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807887813_hayes

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Theory and Practice

Theory and Practice

(p.184) Chapter 10 Theory and Practice
Without Precedent

Anna R. Hayes

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the reason behind the hiatus before Judge Sharp was assigned to hold court in her home county. The hiatus was designed primarily to put some distance between the new judge and her former colleagues in the local bar. Even so, old friends found it difficult to substitute “Your Honor” for “Susie.” Judge Sharp herself was acutely conscious of presiding over the Wentworth courtroom in which she had practiced law for twenty years. About the prospect of holding court at home, she had remarked shortly after going on the bench, “I hope that I will be spared this ordeal for some time to come, as life's worst moment will be when I have to try a case with my father on one side and his lifelong rival on the other.” Susie's father's death did spare her that experience, but there were plenty of former colleagues among whom she would have to allocate justice.

Keywords:   Judge Sharp, new judge, Wentworth courtroom, local bar, Your Honor

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