I’ve sweat a few times in the courthouse over my career. Trying cases will do that once in awhile. On Wednesday, April 14, 2010, I was sweating more than usual. I was in court. Well, the courthouse actually . . . but I wasn’t in trial. I was escorting my youngest son, Jaden, and 20 of his schoolmates (all Cub Scouts) on a field tip to the Oakland County Circuit Courthouse. None were older than 7 years of age — most were actually 6 years old or between 6 and 7. Like guests on a cruise ship at midnight charging the midnight buffet, they converged on the courthouse foyer in Pontiac, Michigan, running into the building with abundant energy. It was a wonderful way to spend 2 hours (from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) — although tiresome and trying.
Special thanks to Judges Cheryl Matthews who spent time visiting with the kids in the jury room, Tim MacDonald, an assistant prosecutor who visited with them for a few minutes, Judge Edward Sosnick, who let the kids sit in the jury box and answered all of their questions showing abundant patience and enthusiasm, Karen (Judge Sosnick’s assistant/secretary) who was so helpful and my paralegal Jennifer M., who spent overtime and went into overdrive to help make it all come together. Additionally, I wanted to thank the Pontiac Police Department, Pontiac K9 Officer ___________ and his K9 who put on a wonderful demonstration for the kids.
Each of the children was asked to write out a question for Judge Sosnick. These questions were insightful and thought-provoking:
- Do you make a lot of money as a judge?
- Do you like being a judge?
- Why did you become a judge?
- Have you ever sent someone to prison? and, crowd favorite
- Can you put the President in jail?
Judge Sosnick handled each of the questions and the kids masterfully. Honestly, in a day and age when our elected officials do not inspire us or often disappoint, Judge Sosnick did the opposite. He was thoughtful. Tactful. Generous. Smart. Giving. In a word, Inspiring.
Thank you . . .