At a hearing recently, I heard a trial lawyer praise a judge for her “Solomonic judgment.”
King Solomon is portrayed in the Hebrew Bible as a wise leader and the Bible praises him for the way he resolved a dispute between two “harlots” (1 Kings 3:16-28). They were roomies and each bore a son around the same time. One night, one of the two boys died. One harlot accused the other of swapping the other’s dead son for her living one.
Apparently, nothwithstanding the significant demands of a King’s responsibilities over a nation, there was time on the King’s calendar to deal with the ensuing custody dispute and, of course, the dispute preceded genetic testing, finger-printing, delivery-bed selfies and the like.
So Solomon proposed cutting the living child in half and giving each woman half a lad. One harlot surrendered her claim to the baby, preferring the boy to be raised by the other harlot rather than be cut in two. King Solomon concluded that she must be the mother and the story ends there. (?)