Judges are supposed to interpret and enforce existing laws regardless of personal or political predilections. They're also supposed to be fair and professional. Unfortunately, the legal industry's caste system largely insulates judges from meaningful scrutiny. Most regulators and practitioners don't dare make accusations of judicial misconduct for fear of reprisals (except in milquetoast appellate briefs rarely seen by the public). But misbehaving judges pose a fundamental threat to our democratic institutions. Here are some examples.