I wish I could have had a movie camera in the courtroom today. It would have been a great educational experience for everyone. Sabra, who was going to testify about the pup Jimi's personality, is in college and works as an intake coordinator and dog shift person.
She was wide eyed as a cat in a bucket of mice!
There was the couple who got mad at someone, went into their house and tore up walls, the kitchen and the bathroom and then smeared feces all over the floors. There was the girl who was stalking the LSU professor and had threatened his staff and the people at the Faculty Club. Not sure why she was stalking him but she spoke broken English and had a Chinese interpreter to hear the judge's enquiries.
The judge is an amazing man. He is compassionate, even though I think the people he sentences probably don't think he is. He is intelligent and thinks deeply before making each decision. You can see that he is pained by the young African American men who are standing for judgement before him.
One woman was accused of stealing credit cards and taking over $35,000 from a person over 60 years of age, which carries a sentence of 3 to 15 years at hard labor. He asked her, as he asks all his appearants, if she had graduated from high school. She said yes.
He asked which school and she told him Capitol High. He also graduated from Capitol. He told her they both came from the same background, the same families, the same school. He asked her to look at the difference in their lives, and what a person could accomplish when they worked for good and success.
He paused to let her think, then asked her to marvel that the both of them had ended up in this court room that day. Only that he was going home to his beloved daughters, and she would go home to a jail cell.
The impact of that moment was lost on so many of those young people this morning. And yet, they are the ones who who need to hear what this incredible man has to tell them.
The CAAWS case? It was dismissed with prejudice because the judge did not grant a continuance. Early this morning, the patrolman who arrested our guy saw his baby born full of potential in this world. He didn't make it to court.
The ADA plans on refiling the charges tomorrow, so we start this all over again.
Such was my day.