This is kind of ancient history but it came up in conversation today so I might as well get some mileage out of it. Anyway--back in the 90s I sat on some committees to recommend candidates for judgeships. Under some sort of rule, we had to ask the candidate whether s/he had ever done drugs. Most of the committee members hated the rule--they thought it was crude, intrusive and unhelpful. But hey, rules are rules. Anyway, answers tended to fall into three categories:
--The short answer is "no." I'm not bragging, maybe I missed out on something important. But there you are.For valuable prizes,
--Well, umm, harrumph, ah, but that was many years ago and the records have been expunged.
--Drugs? What kind of dumb question is that? I was Berkeley in the 70s! Of course I did drugs! I drank the bong water!
--Which is most likely to make a good judge?
--Which is most likely to get the job?