Friends and colleagues say judge brought a sense of humanity to bench.
Rodney Webb was a judge who liked lawyers, liked the intellectual tug of war of the law, and especially liked presiding over the swearing-in of new citizens.
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FARGO – U.S. District Judge Rodney Webb, appointed by former President Ronald Reagan to the federal bench in North Dakota in 1987, has died after a battle with cancer, court officials said Monday. He was 74.
U.S. District Judge Rodney Webb passed along some advice he once received from a fellow lawyer on how to deal with a judge who had a reputation for being crotchety.
“Stand up, smile and keep your mouth shut.”
The room of North Dakota trial lawyers stood up for Webb, and smiled as they applauded him, but they didn’t keep their mouths shut.
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