Welcome to the real world of judges.
If you want to be frightened by the level of judicial incompetence, visit any state bar convention. (not the ABA, they are licence irrelevant) Those who are actual licensed lawyers sitting on the bench.
You will be SHOCKED at the level of senility (as in medical don't know where they are) of some of these judges.
Carter paid her off with this judicial appointment and now we have an annex to the 9th circus.
I'm confident that a clerk, intern, page, etc. probably 'researched' (term used loosely) and also probably wrote a good portion of the judge's opinion.
I'm not excusing the judge - especially if she retains her post in a diminished mental capacity - but keep in mind there are plenty of helpers in her office and given the geography/demographics I'm just making a WAG that the judge's staff are no fans of the Bush admin or the GOP in general.
I almost feel that to be a judge you do not need to go to law school for years and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars.
All you need to do is take a study for the bar class, pass the exam, then know someone who can appoint you to the bench.
For those of you who disagree with this, the series 7 exam to be a stock broker is just as difficult. You study the book for 6 months, take a hundred practice exams, spend a week in class then go out and pass the exam.