Harsh comment by a sentencing judge

“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!”



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