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Opinion Judges should do their jobs


Regarding the Nov. 12 news article “Appeals court bars release of Trump-era records”:

By avoiding making some very routine and very basic rulings on subpoenas, courts are enabling former president Donald Trump and embarrassing the legal profession.

The process happens every day in courts across the nation. Lawyers request documents and testimony. Judges must rule on the requests for documents and testimony if there is objection. Either the case proceeds without the information or testimony or the required information and testimony are provided.

If judges won’t do their job, they don’t belong on the bench.

 Daniel L. Healy, New Britain, Conn.

The writer is a lawyer.