Somehow I got on the mailing list and now I keep receiving requests for donations to the Trump campaign cleverly disguised as surveys on what I think about the issues. I know, I know – my jadedness is showing…
Still, I fill them out and mail them back. I can’t help it. I keep telling myself my voice counts – even if I don’t send a check.
My favorite question usually comes at the end of the survey: what, in my opinion, are the top five issues the Trump presidency should focus on and please rate them in order of importance.
I always choose the one about appointing conservative judges as numero uno.
Now, I know plenty of conservative judges are no more honorable than liberal ones. It’s not the political affiliation but the condition of the heart that makes a man. The reason I always choose this item as my number one in importance is because of what happened at Dzhokhar’s trial.
The government entities who planned, financed and carried out the Boston Marathon bombing (yes that is what I believe) could have dotted every “I” and crossed every “T” and a strong and honorable judge still could have stopped them. (It is becoming harder and harder for me to imagine addressing a judge like George O’Toole as “Your Honor” when his behavior and rulings during the Tsarnaev show trial were anything but honorable).
From the hiring of the crisis actors to the creation of supporting Facebook accounts to make unrelated people seem like real bonafide families, from the hiring of the defense team who would agree to defend without really defending the patsy (who so inconveniently lived through the assault in Watertown), to the hand-picked, death-qualified jurors who were guaranteed to convict the accused and sentence him to death, from the easily-controlled media who were spoon-fed whatever the government wanted people to believe before the so-called trial, to the Twitter trolls who successfully masqueraded as supporters of Dzhokhar’s innocence for a period of time before finally showing their true colors and true beliefs, the planners of the Boston Marathon “bombing” thought of everything, closing every loophole.
But did it have to turn out that way? What if…
What if, on the eve of the trial, Judge O’Toole had been unable to sleep, kept awake by a growing sense of unease, a growing feeling of shame at what he was about to do. What if, the next morning, he knew he couldn’t go through with it…
Judy Clarke rises, begins her opening statement, gets to the part where she says “it was him…”
Instead of letting that statement stand, instead of sitting on the bench thinking about his golf game, Judge O’Toole breaks with the script.
“Does counsel propose moving directly to sentencing?”
The journalists in the courtroom immediately begin tweeting.
Clarke seems confused by the interruption from Judge O’Toole. He repeats the question: “Does counsel propose moving directly to sentencing?” Defense asks for a sidebar. WHAT IS GOING ON???
During the extended sidebar that follows, voices are indistinct but clearly animated. Judge O’Toole is firm, making it clear to both sides that he will not be in lock-step with the plan to convict Tsarnaev without a real trial after all. As the stunned attorneys on both sides return to their seats, O’Toole instructs the jurors.
They are to disregard the “it was him” statement.
Can you just imagine? Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might have had a real trial if Judge O’Toole had taken the reins and conducted himself appropriately.
Someday, in a state other than Massachusetts, there will be another trial. I am sure of it. And if the government is smart for once, they might realize their only hope of escaping prosecution themselves is to allow Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be exonerated and set free, betting the farm on the fact that people may be more willing to accept that the real perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing may never be found than they were willing to accept that Dzhokhar did it.
If that day should come, whether one believes the bombing was real or not won’t matter anymore. I could certainly live with that conclusion.