A Letter to Judge O’Toole

Dear George,

I know it is right and proper that I address you as “Your Honor” but I looked up the definition of the word today and now I have a problem.

Honor, according to the dictionary, means “high respect, esteem” as well as “honesty, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions: a man of honor.”

In light of those definitions and the recent charade of a trial for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, over which you presided, I believe you can understand my dilemma.

I have zero expectation that you will ever read what I write today. If I thought you might, I wouldn’t change a single word however, for I do not esteem you, nor do I believe you to be a man who acts with honesty, fairness or anything remotely resembling integrity.

In an extreme display of hubris, you refused, not once, but three times to allow the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be moved in order to give the accused a chance of fairness and justice before the law. Shame on you!

Do you know what the Bible has to say about pride? It goes before a fall. Expect it, George. The fall will come. It matters not whether you believe.

I also took it upon myself to research the oath of judges:

“I, George A. O’Toole Jr., do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as _____ under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.”

In this, sir, you have failed miserably. With unbridled zeal to wield power over and exact vengeance upon the one accused of the bombing of the Boston Marathon, you have acted to ensure your legacy with this trial. I am quite certain, however, that you will be remembered in a way that will not please you.

You have shown yourself to be incapable of impartiality. To this day, in regard to this trial, you continue to behave as if you are above the laws of this country.

Your actions remind me of a movie I once saw. “Dangerous Liaisons” is a story of unprincipled acts of immorality, treachery, deceit and intrigue set in pre-Revolutionary Paris. Lives are destroyed by the self-serving actions of two rich and powerful players.  

You may find the character played by Glenn Close to be of special interest. When her treachery done in secret is revealed, the fall from grace is spectacular. I offer the final two scenes in closing for they are more powerful than anything else I could say.

3 thoughts on “A Letter to Judge O’Toole”

  1. Wonderful blog Lynn! Its fantastic to know someone called out to O’Toole on the lack and irresponsibility he took under oath of him being judge. That is one corrupted man who needs to realize that his hands contain an innocent young mans blood. He sat there day after day siding with govt. and never defense. He knew exactly what he wanted….Jahar’s death and a pat on the back from Ortiz and Co…not to mention a full bank account. For what? He may be known to Boston as hero for helping take Jahar’s life..but in God’s eyes he’s a loser! O’Toole should read this blog. Might open his eyes and realize ‘ his oath’ meant nothing! Great work Lynn!

  2. What I wouldn’t give to see the final scene of Dangerous Liaisons play out in O’Toole’s life when he gets “boo’d” out of his own country club!

  3. Bravo Lynn!! I love it! Beautifully and so truthfully spoken. I suggest you print this out and mail it to George right away. Let him know that not everyone bows down to corrupt judges, and that not everyone believes Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had a fair trial, with the exception of those in Boston, including the jurors, who wanted nothing less than death for this young man, regardless of the lack of evidence, or the many mitigating circumstances. Maybe reading his oath again might remind him that he has failed horribly in his duty as a judge and should be ashamed for anyone to call him your honor, and although he may think it, he is not God. He is a hateful loser with Dzhokhar’s blood all over his hands.

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