I am taking a few days off from the criminal justice system…
So, you will be on your own in your travels…
But, if you run into any trouble with the law, remember that famous quote:
Lady Justice is the symbol and personification of justice. Lady Justice is based on Justitia, the Roman goddess of justice. The personification of justice balancing the scales of truth and fairness dates back to the Goddess Maat, and later Isis, of ancient Egypt. Ancient Rome adopted the image of a female goddess of justice, which it called Justitia. Since Roman times, Justitia has frequently been depicted carrying scales and a sword, and wearing a blindfold. (from Wikipedia)
(from Google images)
Her modern iconography frequently adorns courthouses and courtrooms, and conflates the attributes of several goddesses who embodied Right Rule for Greeks and Romans, blending Roman blindfolded Fortuna (fate) with Hellenistic Greek Tyche (luck), and sword-carrying Nemesis (vengeance).
Justitia is most often depicted with a set of scales typically suspended from her right hand, upon which she measures the strengths of a case’s support and opposition. She is also often seen carrying a double-edged sword in her left hand, symbolizing the power of Reason and Justice, which may be wielded either for or against any party.
(Bailey making herself blind with plastic flower pot on her head)
Since the 15th century, Lady Justice has often been depicted wearing a blindfold. The blindfold represents objectivity, in that justice is or should be meted out objectively, without fear or favor, regardless of identity, money, power, or weakness; blind justice and impartiality.
Went to a surrounding county today, which reminds me of a basic rule:
Always be friendly to all the court staff…
“The wayfinder (Polynesian navigator) concentrates 100 percent of his attention on his place in the sea and sky. With his one-pointedness, he processes all of his data on his course, speed and current, etc. His point of concentration is his navel, called the piko in Hawaiian. This is considered the center of the one’s body and being, so that it – not the brain – is the point from which to live.”
– Harriet Witt-Miller “The Soft, Warm, Wet Technology of Native Oceania
“I thought of that while riding my bicycle” – Albert Einstein on the Theory of Relativity
Just when you think I may have too much of a “cycle” theme going in this blog about the justice system, I come across this cool exhibit of old bicycles….
I feel that I am entitled to my share of lightheartedness and there is nothing wrong with enjoying one’s self simply, like a boy. ~ Leo Tolstoy In response to criticism for learning to ride a bicycle at age 67
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving ~ Albert Einstein
…wow, that guy was a genius!
Yesterday I spent 3 hours interviewing a witness at the local jail…
Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up. – Robert Frost
(fence at Humpback Rock, VA)
A beautiful sunny day today and it’s close to quittin’ time…
(blue sky, Santa Fe, NM)
No matter how long I have practiced criminal law – about 26 years now- it seems I come across a new type of problem in every new case. As you may suspect, the attorney is always expected to tackle the problem head-on.
“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe)
“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I guess that’s what makes it so much fun…