Juvenal Justice:

A colloquy quoted in Judge Kozinski's powerful dissent in In re Complaint of Judicial Misconduct reminded me of a line from one of Juvenal's Satires:

MR. KATZ: And the motion to lift the stay is denied?
THE COURT: Denied; that’s right.
MR. KATZ: May I ask the reasons, your Honor?
THE COURT: Just because I said it, Counsel.
I wish it, I command it. Let my will take the place of a reason.

Juvenal had his own axe to grind, and a rather different sort of decisionmaker that he was condemning; likewise Martin Luther, who liked to use the line to condemn the Pope. But it seems to me the line is more broadly applicable, including apparently to some federal courtrooms.