One might have assumed that the apologetic umpire who robbed a Detroit Tiger of a perfect game gets the 2010 Mea Culpa award. Instead, it goes to Judge Young of Massachusetts, who has ordered a new trial after deciding he’d mishandled some expert testimony during the trial and botched the charge he gave to the jury. The Mass Law Blog has the details.
As a footnote, this is the same Judge Young who eloquently defended the jury system in an address to the Florida Bar Association. He’s a champion of the jury, and this appears to be a practice-what-you-preach incident. Young believes the errors attributed to civil juries are often not the jury’s fault. Well, looks like Young meant it when he said that.