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Today I had a huge disappointment in court.  I was observing a respected colleague defend a medical marijuana patient who is facing felony charges despite being under the Sonoma County guidelines.

I watched as the judge practically spat on the client’s rights, as the bulk of her legal rulings were so legally incorrect that everyone in the courtroom was painfully aware of her ignorance.  Her reputation for such ignorance is so widespread that often the mere sound of her name draws terse smiles from the defense bar here in Sonoma.  

It was disheartening to know that there are human beings like this in our world.  Indeed, at least the prosecutors are generally knowledgeable, albeit blind to the gospel truth.  This judge was almost giddy at her own ignorance.  I felt sick. 

I read a quote today that resonates with my what I heard in court this morning:

“When I was 5 years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

Thus the lesson I learned today was to remember that LIFE is the ultimate assignment.  The weaker succumb to the petty power plays spinning around us.  Our job, as the strong, is to gently remind them of the real assignment.  Sometimes, as today, I fear some are too far gone….


Comments ( 5 )

  • Mara Felsen says:

    That is a very fitting picture you selected to go with your first post. “The Wall” embodies the seeming powerlessness of the individual when confronted with a paternalistic, punitive and all-powerful government that wields its authority arbitrarily. Having our eyes opened to the true nature of the criminal (in)justice system delivers disappointment so crushing that at times it is almost impossible to bear. The only thing that gets me through from day to day is knowing there are souls like you out there – good, true, selfless individuals – who follow their hearts and conscience, not the money trail.

  • www.superiorepapers.com says:

    The education enable a person to solve his or her problem through talk but the uneducated person become violent while solving his issues and problems. We can’t forget the importance of eduction but it’s help us in every issue or problems.

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  • research papers says:

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    disappointment in court – its not surprising((

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