The Right Coast

March 12, 2005
The Honorable Robert K. Puglia
By Gail Heriot

Robert Puglia, former Presiding Judge of the California Third District Court of Appeal and one of the California bench's leading lights, died yesterday at the age of 75. It was easy to admire Puglia for his charm, wit and intellect. But what I found most lovable about him was his occasional unwillingness to suffer fools gladly. In one opinion involving the proper interpretation of a statute, he wrote that the trial court had "suffered a momentary bout of dyslexia." He will be missed.