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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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Judge Sharp, Presiding

Judge Sharp, Presiding

(p.146) Chapter 8 Judge Sharp, Presiding
Without Precedent

Anna R. Hayes

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how, as a new judge, Susie Sharp received a variety of advice as she awaited the assignment of her first term of court. Chief Justice Stacy counseled her to be careful of her sentencing power. Judge Allen Gwyn passed along an admonition against arrogance, in the form of a quotation from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure that his mother had given him when he took the oath of office. The old reprobate P. W. Glidewell, Sr. cautioned Susie against “the blandishments of the Bar,” saying, “You are going to have more eyes made at you than any other gal in North Carolina ever did. You be careful.” However, it was her father's words to her that she would quote most often in the years to come, and which served as her touchstone. The sum total of his advice to her was, “Sue, plow a straight furrow and remember you are the boss.”

Keywords:   new judge, Susie Sharp, Chief Justice Stacy, Judge Allen Gwyn, P. W. Glidewell

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