People often ask me why I started wearing bow ties. Here’s the answer: When I turned 65, I was in a funk. My life and career had reached a plateau. I was bored, and I was sinking in the doldrums. I was having a delayed “midlife crisis.” (Most men have their midlife crisis between 40-55 … Continue reading Why Bow Ties?
"Court Case Friday" A girlfriend and boyfriend loved each other and lived together for years. They were both heavy drinkers. One night, in a nearby county, they both got drunk and ended up in a fight. A witness called the police. Since the boyfriend “won” the fight, the police deemed him to be the “primary … Continue reading “He Chose Alcohol Over Love, Booze Over His Beloved”
"Court Case Friday" When GPS ankle monitors were new, the companies were anxious to gain credibility with the judges. If the judges weren’t "sold," their business could fail. My first use of a GPS ankle monitor was entertaining. The defendant had a long rap sheet of misdemeanor cases. Basically, he kept driving on a suspended … Continue reading The Benefits of Ankle Monitors: Was the defendant really riding his bicycle on the freeway at 75 MPH?
My "Cage" One day felony prisoners were crowded in the “cage” in my courtroom while I conducted arraignments. Suddenly, and very loudly, one of the prisoners passed gas. The rest of the prisoners tried to move away from the prisoner who was obviously embarrassed. Several of us heard one of the lawyers mutter under his … Continue reading “Odor in the Court”
My first memory comes from when I was 3-4 years old. I spotted a dead honey bee on the lawn in our back yard. I was suddenly overcome with sadness. So, I picked up the honey bee and walked over to the dirt garden. I knelt down and dug a grave with my hands. I … Continue reading My First/Oldest Memory – The Honey Bee Funeral
DUI cases are among the most tragic. They are also among the most entertaining. DUI Driver Pulls Cop Over Late one night, a young driver waved for a patrol car to pull over. The officer approached the young man’s car. “Officer, I’ve just come from a party where I was drinking. Could you test me to see … Continue reading More Entertaining DUI Cases
"Court Case Friday" DUI cases are among the most tragic and the most entertaining. Drag Racing While Drunk I handled a case in my court where a young man was charged with both driving under the influence (DUI) and engaging in a speed contest (street racing). The case was unique. I had never seen those … Continue reading More Entertaining DUI Cases
(To: Great Oak High School. You are the best!) "Court Case Friday" Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases are very tragic. Tens of thousands of people are killed or maimed every year by drunk drivers. In fact, drunk drivers kill someone "Every 15 Minutes." Yet sometimes DUI cases can be entertaining. Golf Cart on the … Continue reading Entertaining DUI Cases
"Sacrilegious Saturday" Murphy’s Law, “if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong,” is universal. Even the Lord’s church is not exempt. The Bible provides that elders should anoint the sick with consecrated olive oil. “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, … Continue reading I Anointed/Doused My Sick Granddaughter With a Pint of Consecrated Oil
I had a couple personal encounters with Satan during my mission in Britain. These confrontations gave me a strong testimony of the existence of Lucifer. I know that he lives. One Sunday evening, my companion Elder R. and I went to a social gathering at a member's home in Cheltenham. Several missionaries, investigators, and … Continue reading My Shortest Prayer – One Word