The story I have to tell you today is not the story I wished to tell. In fact, I am loath to repeat much of it. I pray antiquity and modernity alike judge me not as an author, nor even as editor, but as a trembling witness. Reluctant to confess what he has seen, yet compelled by his conscience to reveal the devilry that took place at the autumn equinox on the outskirts of a great Carolina wilderness.
In 2011, researchers at Ben Gurion University in Israel and Columbia University found Judges’ rulings are affected by lunch breaks. The judges granted 65% of parole requests at the beginning of the day. The rate declined steadily until a lunch break, after which the rate jumped back to 65%. They granted almost no requests at the end of the day.