“Court Case Friday”
I try to be respectful to everyone who comes before me in court, even the criminals. I am mindful that we are all brothers and sisters, children of a Heavenly Father. Plus, when I learn of their childhood backgrounds, I am humbled and feel blessed. “But for the grace of God there go I.”
A few former old-time Orange County judges did not have the same philosophy. When I was a D.A. some of their brutal statements were burned into my memory.
“Mr. Jones, I wish I could sentence you to serve the rest of your life in the San Diego Zoo! You are unfit to live in a society of civilized human beings!
“However, there are two reasons I can’t do that.
“First, the legislature has not authorized it.
“Second, it would be unfair to the animals!
“Take him away!”