Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Where I could have been yesterday
My first day of my externship, the prosecutor called me on my cell phone, asking me if I could start the day earlier, and be at it all day long. I was all "oooooohhhh, COOL!"
So I ditched my classes that day, and joined the prosecutor. Because my first day on the job, somebody decided to end up dead in a car. And in the little town where the law school was, that was BIG news. Of course, really ... any death is big news.
This was a student of the university. And because it was a death, but presumed to be a suicide, we still had to investigate.
It was an eye opener for me. Even though it was pretty cut and dry, I had to go to the apartment of this kid and see the cats that he had left behind. I had to go to his apartment and look at the possessions that he would never touch again. No note was left.
It was, to say the least, a very interesting day. And I thought "I could do this for a living. I really could."
Then I started to get more into the nitty gritty of life and work at the office. It was a place that I willingly went. I liked the attorneys who worked there. I liked the prosecutor. And he liked me enough to offer me a position as an assistant prosecutor as soon as I took and passed the bar. But I was moving to Kentucky (because Ace was already there, working) so I couldn't ditch him. It was a sure job, though.
Do I wish I had taken it? Sometimes.
And then I listened to the radio this morning. And heard about the action in the county courthouse yesterday and wished I had been there.
Apparently, there is a man being prosecuted. He was a pastor of a church, and he allegedly did some not so nice things with 2 14 year old girls in his congregation.
When a victim impact statement was being read, this pastor's mother decided that it was time for her heart to act up. So she fell off a bench.
Mind you, I am not making light of the fact that she "allegedly" has a heart condition, according to people close to her. However, it seemed to be a little ... oh, I don't know, staged.
She is in stable condition in the hospital, so she is doing fine.
But guess what the judge said? This is a little paraphrased but...
You will be sentenced on July 26. I won't tolerate any more delays. If anyone has a medical condition, they should NOT be in my courtroom.
And this is what I could have been witnessing yesterday.
I'm a mom of three peeps ... Queen Bee, The Door Man, and the Chandelier Monkey, and wife to Ace, the Helpful Hardware Man. I created this space to get away from the people known as my inlaws, and because life with three kids and a hubby is all Unexplored Territory.
More than a village