As is well known, Rutherford enjoyed using the title "Judge"
His use of the title came from his filling in for a circuit judge for a few days total.
In his books, and the advertising of his public talks, the title "Judge" was prominently used.
But.....when Rutherford appeared in courts of law for various trials....like in 1918 for instance...was he referred to as "The Honorable Judge" then?
When he spoke before the Supreme Court, did he use the title?
Actually, how would members of the legal profession view a lawyer taking on the title "Judge" in this manner? I think it would be considered inappropriate.
So, Rutherford was bluffing again...putting something over on the public he couldn't put over in the legal profession.