Judge who struck down Day of Prayer in spotlight

May 6, 2010 8:59:22 AM PDT
Since U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional, critics have declared what they think of her: A Marxist. A moron. A disgrace. Crabb has three decades on the bench in Wisconsin and has faced harsh criticism before.

Protesters burned Crabb's likeness in effigy after a ruling in the 1980s allowing Indian tribes to spearfish off their reservations.

But lawyers who appear in her courtroom call her thoughtful and hardworking. Defense lawyer Chris Van Wagner said his client could not have asked for a fairer trial even though he was convicted and sentenced to prison.

Thousands of prayer events will go on as scheduled Thursday, since Crabb put enforcement of her ruling on hold pending an appeal.