Much to the disappointment of social security plaintiff lawyers in West Virginia, Chief Judge Charlie Andrus has resigned as Chief of the Social Security Administration Judges in Huntington, West Virginia. Judge Andrus leaves behind and unblemished record of finding for the claimant in each of 729 cases he heard in the first six months of fiscal 2011. The national average for most judges is about 60% of awards in the cases they review. Perhaps it is just luck of the draw. Perhaps there is a Robin Hood element at play here. There are about 1500 administrative law judges in the Social Security System. Interestingly, there are a number of outliers both for and against claimants that seem to be distortions of the system. While there is some natural tendency not to intrude on the judicial integrity of the judges charged with operating the system, it would seem that extreme deviations from the norm in decisions either pro or con to the claimant are worth a review to determine whether more than unbiased judicial evaluation is going on. The integrity of the system is dependent upon the perception and reality of impartiality in the system. It is not the prerogative of administrative law judges to either play Santa or Grinch in the system but to fairly and equitably adjudicate the claims of the parties.