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.