Ex-Con and Former Drug Addict May Be Appointed to Massachusetts’ State Judiciary
UPDATE — The Parade article can be now be found online at this link.
Siouxsie found a copy of Parade in front of her house today. She isn’t really sure what Parade is, or how it got there. But there was at least one interesting article in it: Judging the Value of Redemption written by Linda Himelstein.
It’s about Richard Dyer, an ex-con who turned attorney nearly thirty years ago. And now, the article reports, a bunch of highly influential folks are pressing the Massachusetts governor to make Mr. Dyer a judge —
They argue that appointing him to the bench would send a powerful message of hope, forgiveness, and redemption.
If appointed, Dyer would likely be the first judge in U.S. history to bring with him not only a record of drug abuse but also a personal understanding of what it’s like to be homeless, on welfare, and behind bars.
Is this really true? Siouxsie would not have guessed that. Are there really no judges in U.S. history with a criminal history and a record of drug abuse? Plenty of judges have been convicted of crimes and abused drugs while on the bench.
There is something troubling about the fact that no one with a past similar to Mr. Dyer’s has ever been appointed to the bench. Of course, it shouldn’t de rigueur to appoint individuals with criminal records to judgeships (most judges familiarize themselves with the criminal justice system as a defense attorney and/or prosecutor). It should, at least, be a possibility.
Siouxsie tips her tiny top hat to Richard Dyer. Good luck.
Another article about Mr. Dyer can be found at this link.