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Judge Wood believed in giving second chances




When Judge Wood passed away, I, along with many others, lost a friend.

The last thing I said to him was, “Thank you, Judge,” as I shook hands with him. The next time, about 2 1/2 months later, I saw him at his funeral.

If I needed some good, sound legal advice, I knew where to find it. Anytime I went to his office, I was never told I couldn’t see him. No matter how busy he was he always had time to see me.

He believed everyone deserved a second chance, even though many to whom he gave a second chance betrayed that trust.

He was not so lenient after the first time around. In some instances he was as lenient as the law would allow, but I wouldn’t have if I was in his shoes. I guess he saw something in a defendant that I couldn’t see.

He weighed each case carefully before handing down a sentence. He asked several questions and if he wasn’t satisfied with the answers he got, he asked more questions until he was satisfied that he had all of the facts. Only then would he hand down a sentence.

He was particularly lenient with young people, as well as older people. But as I said, a good many betrayed the trust he put in them.

One thing that really got him upset was for someone to look him in the eye and lie to him. And he knew they were lying, too.

That type of people he was not so lenient with, especially if those same people had been before him previously.

As I said, he had compassion in some cases where I probably wouldn’t have. That’s why he was the judge.

He didn’t care much for emergency protection orders (EPOs) because he knew that any good liar could get one on anyone else, and he had no way to prove otherwise.

Now that I think about it, a good liar can get just about anything they want. But Judge Wood believed in giving anyone the benefit of the doubt. I knew he was in big trouble when he told me that his kidneys had shut down, and that he stayed thirsty all the time.

I, too, am a diabetic, and I will average drinking over a gallon of water a day. I normally drink only water, plus a cup of joe in the morning.

That’s all from the funny farm until next time.


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