It’s what Judges do. They judge.
In this case, we have one who’s trying to force Zimmerman to take this off the docket by caving in and pleading guilty to a crime he did not commit. This is what a lynching looks like in the 21st century. And there is no shortage of FReepers who think this is just fine.
And with as many tools as the modern justice system makes available, if a judge wants you in jail, then to jail you go.
And on top of it all we've made judges political beasts.
The NKVD would be furiously taking notes.