December 2010

First Post


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….