Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday Morning Radio

It's Tuesday. My heart is so full of joy.

Best wake-up song for the last 40 years.

Screw "Brick House", this is the Commodores best song.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Alan Wagman: Champion. Public Defender. Brilliant.


You did good my man.  You did real good.

You are a hero.


And Alan's hits just keep on coming.


I am so proud of you Brother, so very proud.

Monday Morning Radio: Little Dragon, Arcade Fire, and a Special Guest

It's Monday.  I've ran my early more miles.  Have you?  My heart is full of joy? Is yours?

Here's a band you need to know:

And a bonus:


Friday, May 20, 2016

My Top Ten New Mexico Heroes: #1--The Honorable Justice Patricio Serna

"For a wrongful indictment is no laughing matter; often it works a grievous, irreparable injury to the person indicted.  The stigma cannot be easily erased.  In the public mind, the blot on a man's escutcheon, resulting from such a public accusation of wrongdoing, is seldom wiped out by a subsequent judgment of not guilty. Frequently, the public remembers the accusation, and still suspects guilt, even after the acquittal."

The single best opinion ever written by any judge or justice who's ever sat down to write.

I was blind lord, but now I see.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Why This Person Is My Number One Hero

Because Judges have a certain power.

They can make miracles happen right before your very eyes.

They can free wrongly accused individuals.

They can enlighten you with their words.

They can speak real truth to real power.

Because, if you were trained the way I was, you never stop reading the words of judges.  And sometimes it gets really, really boring.  Mind numbingly boring.  But you must continue to do it.

You must.

And then one day, after three or more opinions, in what seems like another boring criminal procedure opinion, there is a sentence, a line, a thought that changes your life.  That makes you stand up and take notice.

That makes you reread that line. And take it all in.  And then you put the opinion down, and think.

And think.

And then you go to your kitchen and grab something from your refrigerator and think some more.

And then you cry.

You really, really cry because of one single line.  You sob.  Just like you did when you first heard Dylan sing "Buckets of Rain."

You cry like a baby.

Because the law, and judges, can do that if you truly, truly believe.

Do you believe that Miranda was about the right to remain silent?

Then your a fool.  Because Miranda is about human dignity.  It is just couched in a boring criminal procedure opinion.

Do you believe that Gideon is about the right to counsel?

Then your a fool.  Because Gideon is about human dignity.  It is just couched in a boring criminal procedure opinion.

My number one hero wrote the words that set me free.

I was blind, but now I see.

I was blind lord, but now I see.

Because in my world, the law, judges can do that.

They can really, really do that.

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Future Is Female. The Future Is Brown. The Future Is Black.

In thirty years, the district court judges in Lea County will be mostly females.

They will be mostly brown and black.

They will speak two languages.

They will look upon anybody who only speaks one language as being "kinda behind the times."

Do you see that little girl bouncing up and down in the aisle at Wal-Mart.  The one with the jet black hair.  And brown eyes.

With the pink dress on and flip-flops.

Her father speaks no English.  Her mother pays for the items with cash.

Her mother speaks to her in Spanish, and the little girl answers in Spanish.

But strangely when the little girl speaks to you, she does it in perfect English.

Do you see that little girl?

Do you see her?

One day you will call her,

"Your Honor."