Here Comes the Judge

TitleHere Comes the Judge
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsFunke, M, Funke, RD, Myers, GA, Shafer, G, Cox-White, B
Date Published9/2020
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
AbstractRobert Ruehlman, an Ohio Common Pleas Court Judge in Hamilton county Ohio claims he regularly calls U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on defendants in his courtroom when he suspects they could be in the country illegally. "I call ICE in a minute. I have no problem calling ICE," said Judge Ruehlman, who states that he calls ICE "10 to 20” times a year. “I do. I do not think every judge does that. I think I'm the only judge that does that, but I do. I think it's important.” Further, Ruehlman says that he depends on his own intuition as a guide for when to make such calls, and that he typically feels the need to call when the defendant speaks Spanish or needs an interpreter.
NotesCase from the 2020 Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.