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HONG KONG – Hong Kong Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma, a bald, thickset lawyer with a Churchillian air, is in the eye of a storm after Beijing's politically charged intervention in the city's legal system, and those close to him say he is not a man to bend his principles. Ma, a passionate cricket lover who studied in the U.K. and was first called to the English bar, is prevented by convention from publicly commenting on politics, but Hong Kong's Bar Association has condemned China's move on Monday to effectively bar two independence-leaning lawmakers from taking their seats in the city's legislature. Hundreds of lawyers are planning a silent march on Tuesday night. In private, Ma is aware of the concerns of senior judges about the risks of the city's fledgling independence movement and of Beijing's determination to thwart it, sources close to them say. "He is a judge who has an almost religious faith in the rule of law and all that springs from it," said a source familiar with Ma. "Suddenly the Hong Kong system has been undercut from above."
JUDY WOODRUFF: And now to a different court question, and that is the mounting controversy over President Trump's attacks on the judiciary. We have just referred to them. Paul Cassell teaches at the University of Utah College of Law. He served as a federal judge for five years in Utah's district court. And Rebecca Kourlis is a former justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.
A High Court judge has been given "formal advice" after "momentarily" falling asleep during a hearing. The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) said the conduct of Mrs Justice Parker was found to have the potential to undermine public confidence in the judiciary. The judge, 68, who serves on the Family Division of the High Court in London, was investigated following a complaint. The JCIO said she "expressed remorse" for the incident. A statement published on the JCIO's website did not provide details about when the court hearing took place but said "parties in a case" had complained the judge had fallen asleep.
Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch meets with Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch meets with Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's unusually personal criticism of federal judges has drawn rebukes from many quarters, including from Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, but not from the judges themselves. Former U.S. District Judge Paul Cassell said judges would find themselves in unfamiliar territory "if they start critiquing the Twitter feed of the president."