Recall that our Western civilization’s laws come to us through a long chain of legal traditions-a sort of cross-cultural jurisprudence. We inherited much of our legal code from the English. They got theirs from the Romans, who were influenced by Christians, who got their’s from the Jews, who got their legal code from Hammurabi, or, if you prefer, God. So it is not for religious reasons only that we may wish to consult with biblical sources on the role of Judges in society. Michael Gaynor does so, and finds the idea of “empathy” in judges to be counter to said legal traditions. Of course, one might also point out that it is not for no reason that Justice is often depicted as blind.