The previous reviewer is obviously upset, but let me assure you many women leave the courtroom with a fair ruling while some men do not. In my limited observations, gender doesn't seem to be the issue. I can only define "fair" by comparing the results for same situations. She can appear temperamental which does not benefit the honored position she has been given. It also cannot do her any good. The problem seems to be lack of experience with people (not the law). Attorneys who refuse to let her walk all over them seem to do better for their clients. Some of the public defenders I have observed do quite well at standing their client's ground. Of course the prosecutor's office supports her, but even members (two, at least) of that office state that sometimes she takes a hard position that they don't understand. One attorney stated that it all depends on her mood that day. That may be the case, and what a shame if it is so. I'm still making observations.
Judge Collins probably had a bad day and as the Attorney General said, when witnesses don't show up for court it really makes it difficult to prosecute people for things they are guilty of. I think the best thing Ms. Collins could do today would be to have the domestic violence victim brought to her chambers before leaving and then explain why it happened. Then after all is done, release her. I think they both learned a valuable lesson in this case. Lets make it a good weekend!