Well, this is downright uncanny. It is a very small world. Gov. Patrick nominated Ralph Gants for the SJC — he's been a Superior Court judge for 11 years.
Well, I actually served on a jury in Judge Gants' court, for a medical malpractice case. I can tell you that in my experience he was sober, fair, thoroughly reasonable, and generous to the jury in going beyond typical practice in helping us get the information we needed to make our decision: For instance, we were allowed to submit questions to witnesses, after being cleared by Judge Gants and both plaintiffs' and defense lawyers. I gather this is unusual, and it was most helpful indeed. In fact, it was an experience that led one to have more faith in the judicial system.
(Anyway, some of the loony-tunes over in the Globe comments section have made up their minds about him … Please be assured that they don't know what they're talking about.)
Congratulations Judge Gants.