Sidebar: Judicial Override Agree with TallPine, there is a huge difference between overturning a conviction and overturning an acquital. Judges have many tools at their disposal to dismiss cases and acquit a suspect, this is consistent with the principles of "benefit of the doubt" and bias towards erring on the side of acquital, and I have no problem with this. What I was was alarmed about was the assertion that judges where overriding jury acquitals, and convicting folks at will. If anyone can show confirmed cases of this, I think it bears (A LOT! of)scrutiny. If not, then I'm content to drop this sidebar and let it lie.