“how does this happen? gradually, then suddenly.”
– ernest hemingway
art credit: red diamond
“if one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected – those, precisely, who need the law’s protection most – and listens to their testimony.”
-james a. baldwin
after making the decision
to challenge my traffic ticket
(I’m innocent, for the record)
my scheduled hearing
has been adjourned twice.
in today’s mail
I received the new date
for my next potential hearing.
I had to laugh
when I picked up the new envelope
(for the third time now)
and it once again clearly read:
just above my name
with the court address In the return corner
I have to wonder
just what major crime
my mr. rogers sweet and friendly mailman
thinks I may have committed?
‘we find the defendants incredibly guilty.’
– mel brooks
how lucky are we that the future lawyers are to be offered this experience?
“justice is conscience, not a personal conscience,
but the conscience of the whole of humanity.
those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience
usually recognize the voice of justice.”
– aleksandr solzhenitshyn
credits: national lawyers guild detroit & Michigan chapter,
interfaith council for peace and justice, university of michigan law school
the 1967 outer space treaty forbids any nation from trying to own the moon.
it was the 60’s. the height of the cold war.
they made a treaty not to own the moon.
at the united nations convention of the law of the sea in 1982
it was agreed that the moon, like the high seas,
is considered “res communis” roughly translated to “common to all mankind.”
credits: mental floss magazine