Robert Griffith and Al Calderaro on the Late Robert R. Merhige, Jr. in The Judge – Character. Class. Courage. Documentary [Exclusive Interview]

Robert R. Merhige, Jr.
Robert R. Merhige, Jr. in the documentary The Judge – Character. Cases. Courage.

Judge Robert R. Merhige, Jr. sat on many court cases during his tenure as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Merhige is best known for the rulings on desegregation in the 1970s that enforced school busing for compliance of Brown v. Board of Education. His controversial ruling was eventually overturned by higher courts, but it marked his legacy as an activist Constitutional judge.

In The Judge – Character. Class. Courage., the documentary goes into greater details of Robert R. Merhige, Jr.’s life and notable accomplishments and court cases.

He presided over many controversial cases at the time, including ordering the University of Virginia to admit women college students, appeals of Watergate criminals, and even the trial of the Greensboro massacre trials of the Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi Party murdering Communist Workers Part members.

Here’s a synopsis of the documentary:

Honor, integrity, and justice for all. In history’s hallowed halls of justice, U.S. District Court Judge Robert R. Merhige, Jr. stands alongside Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Thurgood Marshall as champions for equal rights under the law for all citizens. The Judge – Character. Class. Courage. follows a distinguished, momentous, and tumultuous 31-year tenure on the Federal bench. Judge Robert R. Merhige, Jr. fought against the entrenched powers of the status quo to promote racial and gender equality, protect the environment, uphold the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution.

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The documentary features interviews from U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator Mark Warner, Merhige’s former law clerk Anne Holton, Honorable Roger L. Gregory, Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Honorable Judge James R. Spencer, Dean of Widener University Delaware School of Law Rodney A. Smolla, former ACLU chair of Virginia Philip Jay Hirschkop, and many others.

LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director Robert Griffith (Voices of Hope and Recovery) and producer Al Calderaro (Major Payne).

The Judge – Character. Cases. Courage. is available today.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Gravitas Ventures

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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