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All's Fair

An imposing figure even on good days, Judge Baxter entered the courtroom looking stern.  It was divorce court day, and he was clearly in no mood for sympathetic pleadings.  When he reached the case of Joan and Amos Harper, he summarily dismissed the statements by Mr. Harper's attorney regarding the burden Mrs. Harper's financial demands were going to place on his client.  The attorney noted that Mrs. Harper had a lucrative online business and really didn't need spousal support in the amount requested.  Judge Baxter growled something under his breath about men who shirk their responsibilities, and ruled strongly in Mrs. Harper's favor.  Fifteen minutes after the court was adjourned Judge Baxter was in his chamber with his arms wrapped tightly around Joan Harper as they talked excitedly about trips to exotic destinations they'd be able to take together in the future.
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8 comments:

  1. That hits a bit close to home for a friend whose wife was cheating with her divorce attorney. He got taken to the cleaners. Life and divorce are certainly seldom fair.

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    1. Such things sadly do happen, Mimi, even in a court of law which is supposed to be the epitome of justice and fairness for all. If there is one very powerful lesson we must all come to terms with as we grow up/older, it is that life is definitely not fair, and we were never promised that it would be. But I can still wish it was! :-)

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    1. That is the appropriate reaction to this tale, Lizzi! Here we have a supposedly upstanding court judge that is not only behaving unethically in the courtroom, but in his private life as well. We find this at all levels of government, organized religion, and pretty much everywhere. People are not always as they seem or as they should be. If the situation smells, there just might be a rat in the picture! :-)

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    1. Good, Ranci, that was kind of the point, that there was actually more going on behind the scenes than people in the courtroom that day were aware of. I like to think that in time the story is discovered and the ex-husband gets a chance for a new hearing! Hopefully the judge gets a free ride out of town... for good!

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  4. Naming her Joan Baxter in the last sentence would surely have made him ineligible to judge the case; unless you meant to say Joan Harper! But as you indicate how often is the true story revealed? I had a profound feeling of sadness of the injustice of our justice systems.

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    1. Good grief, Robin, I totally missed that typo, thank you! I cannot proofread my own writing successfully, because my brain sees what I meant to write, not what is actually written. UGH!

      I am often dismayed about the inadequacy of our justice system to treat everyone in a fair and timely manner. I know the court system is overloaded, that is true of everything everywhere. But still, we should be able to expect right to prevail, and that is sadly not always the case.

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