Yesterday was a long day. The morning was devoted to meetings with the other judges, and the afternoon was devoted to sending folks to prison. Normally, the latter activity lightens my mood. There is nothing more–how I shall I say it, oh, yes–invigorating than sending poor people to prison. But, when I got home and checked the internet my heart sank.
Jeralyn at Talk Left, the politics of crime had written a nice piece about this blog. What a damnable slap in the face.
I suppose I deserved it–the horrifying leftist flattery and all. Despite my better (baser?) instincts, a few hours earlier I had varied downward and sentenced a pregnant 20-something Mexican kid to time served in a case about fake documents or something heinous like that. She came here when she was 14 and later had a child. Now, she was pregnant with another. Under these circumstances, any card-carrying member of the “League of Fascist Gentlemen” would have hit her with an upward variance. Although there was no evidence of it, I bet she had big calves from carrying marijuana across the border.
Tonight, when I lay me down to sleep, I will put my autographed photo of Richard M. Nixon face down on the nightstand. I deserve to be punished even though I am not a leftist, despite what Jeralyn says.