The judge who hears Ruth's case. Kennedy has had past experience with him and knows that he's a difficult judge who pre-judges cases and likes to make examples of people who step out of line. He also dislikes Kennedy personally, as she once was very rude to him, so she feels as though Ruth is bound to lose. During the trial, Judge Thunder's insistence on order keeps the white supremacists in the gallery in line. Prior to Ruth's testimony, he seems like he might be on Ruth's side when he agrees to throw out her murder charges. When the jury can't come to a conclusion, he decides to throw out the case, which frees Ruth.
Judge Thunder Character Timeline in Small Great Things
The timeline below shows where the character Judge Thunder appears in Small Great Things. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 16, Kennedy
Chapter 18, Kennedy
...nervous. Kennedy introduces her to Howard and then they sit at the defense table together. Judge Thunder addresses the potential jurors and excuses one man who says that Odette locked up his... (full context)
...trial. Odette takes the stand and Kennedy questions her on how she rated other jurors. Judge Thunder finally says that the juror can stay. Ruth passes Kennedy a note that says, "thank... (full context)
Chapter 22, Ruth
...can feel the stares of everyone behind her as she sits at the defense table. Judge Thunder fortunately has a zero tolerance rule for interruptions, and many people sitting in the gallery... (full context)
...a snowstorm means that Ruth and Edison are five minutes late. Kennedy is upset, but Judge Thunder is late too since he got rear-ended. He crankily starts the day after complaining about... (full context)
Chapter 24, Kennedy
...to the reader that it's time for her to raise the motion to acquit Ruth. Judge Thunder , however, looks murderous. He refuses to reconsider Odette's murder charge and says that closing... (full context)
Chapter 26, Kennedy
Chapter 27, Ruth
Chapter 29, Kennedy