Bizarre Ruling – Judge Outraged by the Officer’s Gun

"Court Case Friday" The best new judges have extensive experience in the field of law in which they are presiding.  They also have major experience in courtroom hearings and trials. New judges who lacked such expertise can be a disaster. As an experienced prosecutor, I was assigned to respond to the defense motion to suppress … Continue reading Bizarre Ruling – Judge Outraged by the Officer’s Gun

“Standing Is Stupid” – A Short Poem, in Praise of Lying Down, by Shel Silverstein

"Poetic Wednesday" Sheldon Allan “Shel” Silverstein (1930-1999) is a popular American writer known for his cartoons, novelty songs, illustrated children’s books and poetry.  His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold over 20 million copies.  (I can identify with this poem because the only total relief I get from my chronic … Continue reading “Standing Is Stupid” – A Short Poem, in Praise of Lying Down, by Shel Silverstein

Resisting Temptation and Overcoming Sin – Scriptures and Quotes

“Sunday Sermon” The "Temptations of Jesus" give great insights on confronting Satan and resisting sin. (Matthew 4: 1-11) Center your life in Christ and Follow the Savior’s Example Christ Resists Temptations             The Savior “suffered temptations but gave no heed unto them” (Doctrine and Covenants 20:22). When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, the Lord … Continue reading Resisting Temptation and Overcoming Sin – Scriptures and Quotes

Death Certificates: The Law of the Harvest and the Law of Consequences

"Court Case Friday" I have spent my careers, as a criminal prosecutor and criminal law judge, imposing legal consequences. Frequently, the natural consequences are far worse than the legal consequences. The Law of the Harvest, "you reap what you sow," is also the Law of Consequences. One of my assignments has been to dismiss criminal … Continue reading Death Certificates: The Law of the Harvest and the Law of Consequences

“Fire and Ice” – Robert Frost’s 1920 Poem on How the World will End

"Poetic Wednesday" When I was in college, in the old days, scientists agreed that the earth was threatened by global cooling. Because of pollution, warming solar radiation was being reflected into space, and the world was cooling.  Our planet would end in a fatal ice age. Now, scientists concur that the earth is threatened by … Continue reading “Fire and Ice” – Robert Frost’s 1920 Poem on How the World will End

“Original Sin” and Infant Baptism

"Sunday Sermon" Overview A. Foundational Fallacy: Children are born in sin, having inherited sin and guilt from the fall of Adam and Eve.  Therefore, they are at risk of eternal damnation from birth. B. Logical Extension #1: Since baptism is necessary for the remission of sins and for salvation, infants must be baptized or else … Continue reading “Original Sin” and Infant Baptism

Baptism, a Commandment. By Immersion for the Remission of Sins

"Sunday Sermon" “We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Articles of Faith, 4) The Bible proclaims there should be “One … Continue reading Baptism, a Commandment. By Immersion for the Remission of Sins

Top Ten Chinese Proverbs -Happy Chinese New Year!

"Fun Facts Saturday" I love proverbs.  A proverb is a pithy phrase containing profound truths. There is/are a plethora of proverbs. My favorite Arab proverb is, “Trust Allah, but tie the camel’s leg.” My favorite English proverb is, “He who pays the piper, calls the tune.” Here are my top 10 favorite Chinese proverbs. To … Continue reading Top Ten Chinese Proverbs -Happy Chinese New Year!

My “Favorite” Arson Case

"Court Case Friday" I presided over a hearing in an interesting arson case. A fire was started at night at a home in a residential neighborhood in Westminster, California. When the fire department responded to the 911 call, the house was fully engulfed in flames.   Ashes and embers were floating all over the neighborhood. When … Continue reading My “Favorite” Arson Case