This morning’s Boston Globe features a story about US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper, who is presiding over the trial of Whitey Bulger.
It’s notable for two reasons. One: Casper is running perhaps the most scrutinized courtroom in America right now, and her style is an interesting aspect to the ongoing Bulger story. Two: The piece tells us a about a judge who happens to be female, not a woman who happens to be a judge.
There’s some biographical information, but it’s the same type of family context that would be included in a quick profile of a man in a similar position. Mostly, the piece focuses on how Casper, who is still a fairly new judge, was assigned the Bulger case when one of her more seasoned colleagues recused himself. That’s an interesting detail regardless of the gender of those involved.