Witnesses say that Circuit Judge Willard Proctor was once heard to express his desire that God would strike down Times writer Mara Leveritt. So it might come as a surprise that Leveritt, in an analysis published this week on our Reporter page, comes to the defense of the judge after his hearing before the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission panel hearing. It's not all his fault, she says. The weird state law allowing him power over probationers is also partly to blame. The analysis is online now here.