Moments of accomplishment
A few years ago I remember watching the longer version of this video and thinking I cannot wait to become a Public Defender. Here I am now, nearly 18 months into my career as one and I’m reigniting my passion.
The injustice I see each day is astonishing. The number of people who have given up on the system, people… Themselves… It’s heartbreaking at times.
Yet, when I have days I like I had today when I can rest my head on my pillow knowing I fought as hard as I could. I paid every ounce of what I have on the court today (literally).
I consoled a crying wife.
I reassured an overly anxious client.
I helped a mother get another chance.
I fought for a person to be judged by who he is now, not who he was in the past.
And, hopefully, I influenced one person enough so I will not encounter him or her in orange again.
I’m not naive. I understand most of the time arrested people are arrested for a reason, but I believe in God. God places people in our lives for reasons… I believe and learn from the Bible that each person is capable of change, so I am not the person to judge anyone for one, or three mistakes when I know how close I’ve been in my life to sitting where my clients sit.
If you stop and think about your daily life, most people (I find this a fair generalization, feel free to disagree) yet most people commit a crime each and every single day.
Have you logged in to your parents Netflix or Hulu today? Felony.
Did you drive more than fifteen miles over the speed limit? Misdemeanor -reckless driving.
How about cohabitating with a partner before marriage? Most states still have this listed as a criminal offense, although it is rarely charged.
My point being that this video shows you that there are government/court appointed attorneys who care very deeply. We do not all judge people based on the offense charged nor should you.
At the heart of it all there is a thin, ever eroding line seperating each of us from the other; we are all the same.
Now, I have to go log into my friend’s hbo go account to catch up on “Insecure”…