"...judicial independence is not for the judges, and it’s not for the lawyers; it’s for the people who come to court..."
Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, Wisconsin Supreme Court.
The US Judicial system is based on the cornerstone of the fairness, impartiality and absence of bias. Hearing official are charged with that obligation when they take their oath of office.
The recent filing of a class action complaint in NY charging that a group of local Administrative Law Judges did not meet that responsibility is indeed shocking.
See the complete NY Times report: