Every holiday stands on its own merits. To single one out as the best only invites criticism. I like Thanksgiving. It means more to me than the fact that the courthouse is closed for four consecutive days. It is a holiday of thanks with nothing expected in return.

I am thankful for many things today. I am grateful for my family, friends and good health. I am grateful for the fact that I have a job and with it, the opportunity to help many people who really need help. For these things and many others, I am eternally grateful.

I am also thankful for a few other people:

  1. The officer who remembers the oath when he testifies;
  2. The prosecutor who remembers that justice, not a conviction, is the goal;
  3. The judge who follows the law; and
  4. The defense lawyer who does not poach clients at any cost.

For these few people, I am also grateful. I just wish I had more.

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