It's not a Trump-ian inauguration, and we are sure that Kathy Fernandez-Rundle will not obsess over the size of the turnout, but today is the swearing in of our State Attorney, and all of her assistant state attorneys.
So if you want to respond when the padre says "whoever objects, speak now or forever hold your peace" this would be the time to do so.
Here are parts of her speech that we would offer, gratis, for her to use:
"I stand here today in ths shadow of giants. Richard Gerstein, who trained a generation of lawyers who shaped this community and who had the good sense to recommend Janet Reno as his replacement. And of course Janet Reno, who instilled in the next generation of lawyers one simple ethic that applies to any age and any time: Do right. Go where the evidence leads you regardless of the political consequences, and never ever prosecute a person who MAY be innocent....
"Reno and Gerstein planted acorns, that grew into oak trees and you- the members of this great office, stand in the shadow of those great trees. Never forget that you have a lifetime to create your reputation, and just a few seconds to ruin it. Your opponents may mislead you, but you can never mislead them. Judges may dismiss your arguments, but you can never dismiss them. Police and witnesses may not respect you, but you can never disrespect them. In short, you have the toughest job in the legal system. And the best. ...
"Your simple mandate is a holy one in our society. Go do justice. That often means winning, but sometimes means losing. But you don't lose when you dismiss a case or reduce charges or a jury votes not guilty. You still win, because those outcomes could have never occurred without you doing your job.
"I leave you with this. You are here because I trust you. You are here because this community needs you. And you are here because you care. Never stop caring, and I will never stop believing in you. Now go and do justice."
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