I've been in trial all week so I've kind of been half-assing it when it comes to blogging. It's almost as if I have a "real job", no matter how temporarily.
The blog here has been lighting up with comments and attacks on one another like there is no tomorrow.
In the Spirit of the Holidays, I'd like to make a request:
And for my part, I'm going to try to stop writing anything that would inspire you to light up things against each other. Maybe in January, I will feel more ornery.
Life is changing around the CJC, folks. Maybe for the better. Maybe for the worse. Either way, things are going to be different.
But one of the things that I have always tried to emphasize on this blog is that those of us who come in and out of the CJC are all part of a family.
On a daily basis, we deal with subject matter that would absolutely send the rest of the Harris County population into a thumb-sucking catatonic trance sitting in the fetal position in the corner.
And we handle that with dignity and class. On both sides of counsel table.
Like it or not, both prosecutors and defense attorneys share a common trait: we take on emotionally gruelling cases for amounts of money that in no way compensate for the toll it takes on us.
Each and every one of us is jaded in ways that no human being should have to be, but we take on the job gladly because we know that we are tackling a task that we believe makes the world we live in a better place. We have mutual respect for each other, as well we should. And odds are that the counsel you are opposing in a trial case could very easily be your biggest defender should your back ever become placed against the proverbial wall.
I suppose it would be easy to tell me, at this point, "Well, yeah, you are about to become a defense attorney, so it's no wonder you are writing such conciliatory stuff now."
I hope that those of you who know me realize that my position on the issue of us all being a "Family" is nothing new.
I know that my last couple of posts definitely contained the aura of bitterness, and it was probably more present than I would like to admit.
But I will say this: When I was told that my contract would not be renewed under the Lykos Administration, I was supported with words of encouragement from prosecutors, Judges, and defense attorneys. I am grateful for that in ways that words can never express, and I have never been more assured that if I got nothing else correct on this blog, I definitely was right in saying we are a Family.
So, as we rapidly approach the Holiday Season, I would say let's all take it a bit easier on one another and be grateful for the things we do have in life.
Hopefully, we have our Health.
God willing, we have our families.
But if all else fails, we have each other.
And regardless of what else may occur this year, I will always be thankful for that.