Remember, the fundamental purpose of the American legal system to keep lawyers wealthy, and judges are nothing but lawyers in robes. Just as dishonest.
My personal experience with lawyers is almost universally bad*, and with judges it's been universally good.
Usually when I talk to lawyers I have to speak slowly, because I can see them crunching the numbers trying to calculate how much money they can make off either me or the case. Amusingly, on a particularly sensitive issue, I received the exact opposite legal advice from two lawyers who happened to be husband and wife (one referred me to the other.) I thought "of course they can't agree on anything, they're married" and went with someone else.
Judges on the other hand have gotten things right, at least in the few instances I've dealt with them. Lawyers, I find, lie for a living, and judges are used to being lied to for a living so they're pretty good at dismissing bullshit.
* The lone exception is the real estate lawyer that helped me buy my home. He was over 80 years old, a friend of the family, and charged ridiculously low fees for the service he performed. Sadly, he passed a few years ago. May he rest in peace.