While occasional cases can be unique, there are many more that force a judge to make decisions on the fly in a pressure-packed environment.
“I don’t know of any other job where everything you say is written down and recorder,” he said. “You have to go on the fly and make decisions and rulings on objections and motions without taking a great deal of time to go ponder it.”
Occasionally, the decisions are met with unhappy parties, such as the case where family members of a murdered woman picketed the courthouse in protest of the bond Clary set for the suspect arrested in the case.
“When you’re deciding a case, yes, there is a lot of pressure,” he said. “It’s not your job to please the parties or the media or to please anybody. It’s your job just to decide the case and make the right decision based on the law and the factors presented.”
Clary cites that pressure as one of the reasons for his decision to step down from the bench at the end of October.
“You get to a point where you feel like you don’t want to have that much pressure,” he said. “I have other things I’d like to do. I like to building things and I have a big honey-do list.
“I want to pursue those interests while I’m in good health and able to do it,” Clary added.
At this point, Clary said he has no plans to return to private practice as an attorney although that is not set is stone and the possibility is always there.