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58th District Court

Sitting in the second row of courtroom B at the 58th District Court in Holland, MI gave me the ability to hear each conversation between judge and defendant.  I was able to listen in on the four sentencings before the one I had arrived to attend:

First up was a diminutive young woman who drove her car under the influence of alcohol.

Second was an enormous man in an orange jumpsuit and shackles.  He was there because he beat his girlfriend.

Third, an older Chilean man who allowed a young child to drive a car.

Fourth, a man in his very early twenties who now must register as a sex offender.

While they were young, old, male, female, small, and very large they all had one thing in common besides the fact that each stood before the judge.  Each had misused power.

The diminutive woman misused the horsepower of her car.  The enormous man misused his physical power over someone weaker.  The older Chilean man misused his power over a younger person, and the newest member of the national registry of sex offenders misused his power of age and experience.

Each was entrusted with this power, not necessarily from the State of Michigan, but they all found one thing to be true: there is a power greater than that of their own.  They stood before a judge who represented the seal of the State of Michigan that hung on the wall right behind him, and that power outmatches each individual.

Power flows downhill and is granted by those uphill.  At the end of the day, or at the end of days, we stand before the judge who has broken all seals and has disseminated power.  I pray for justice.  And mercy.

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