How has Star Trek inspired Judges? What does Star Trek mean to a lifelong fan who is now a Judge? California Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Circuit Judge John Owens of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and US Magistrate Judge Mitch Dembin all share their Star Trek memories, legal analysis from episodes, and what characters they identify with from Star Trek.
Special thanks to Kathy Steinman for her interview of Judge Dembin and Jessica Mederson for her interview of Circuit Judge Owens.
In the spirit of judicial review and a hint of Pullman abstention, Judge Dembin is interviewed first, followed by Circuit Judge Owens starting at 21:06, and Justice Cuéllar at 44:25.