Paula Lopossa, U.S. judge. As quoted in the New York Times, p. B9 (May 21, 1993).
Lopossa, Superior Court Judge of Marion County, Indiana, was reflecting on whether she had behaved inappropriately when she broke down in tears in the courtroom after Portia Douglas, the victim of a rape and attempted murder, said that she did not seek revenge against her attacker, Rodney Cook. Cook's attorney unsuccessfully charged Lopossa with bias. Douglas, who was herself an attorney, observed: "I've seen male judges yell and scream and pound the table at defendants, and that's acceptable. What's the difference between anger toward the defendant or compassion toward a victim? Judge Lopossa did nothing different from what I've seen male judges do; she just did it in a different way."