So, like so many others I have been watching Ice Road Truckers on the History Channel. This show makes me a little sad I must admit. I guess it makes me sad for a few reasons: first, sometimes I just miss Canada. I had hoped that moving to Alaska might alleviate some of that. Although (as you know) I love it here, living in Soldotna is really no different than any other place in America. Maybe it just the wanderer in me, but I will not live here forever. Too many damn people. Too much civilization. Hearing the voices of the truckers reminds me of the people I grew up with and the people I miss. The show makes me think of my older brother the most. I don't get to see him much and I miss him a lot. Those truck drivers often remind me of him, and in a way, I am with him when I watch the show. Second, I sometimes regret the life I chose. Generally I love being a Public Defender. But, for my luck (as I have written about before) I would have ended up as a heavy duty mechanic. Lived in northern Canada. One benefit to going back to Canada would be that I could do something else for a living. Or at least be free to. Since immigration reform failed, I am stuck being a lawyer for now. It is funny how every lawyer I know would like to do something else. As for me, I would teach or write if I could. J thinks I could be an ice road trucker. But alas, no. I know I don't have it in me. I know my personality defects. What makes me a good lawyer would make me a lousy ice road trucker. Wouldn't it be great if we could live long enough to do everything we wanted? I often worry that time is running out. As Jean Luc Picard once said "Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives, but I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment because they'll never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived." Maybe I should just stop watching that damn show.

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Anonymous said…
Ben,

You could be in OHIO. Be happy.

Judge Has Unprepared Lawyer Arrested
Ohio Judge Sparks Outrage for Ordering Public Defender Arrested
By SCOTT MICHELS
Aug. 20, 2007 —


An Ohio judge angered state and national defense lawyers after he had a public defender arrested for being unprepared for trial.

Portage County Judge John Plough had assistant public defender Brian Jones arrested for contempt of court last week after Jones refused to begin a misdemeanor assault trial because he said he was unprepared. Jones was assigned to the case one day earlier.

Jones, who started working as a public defender earlier this year, was held for five hours in the local jail before being released on bail, said Ian Friedman, a lawyer with the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

A hearing on the contempt charge, to be held before Plough, is scheduled for Friday. Jones' attorneys have asked Plough to remove himself from the case, saying he cannot be impartial.

Plough did not return calls for comment Monday.

Plough's ruling prompted an outcry from defense lawyers, both in Ohio and across the country. Carmen Hernandez, president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said in a statement that defense lawyers have an ethical obligation not to start trial if they are not prepared.

"Asking a lawyer to go to trial without preparation is like asking a doctor to perform surgery before diagnosing the patient," she said.

The Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has also intervened.

"The defense bar has been outraged," said Friedman. "Anyone who's heard of this matter has been outraged."

This is not the first time that Plough has come under fire. Earlier this year he reportedly had another public defender arrested for refusing to go forward with a trial, though in a May interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer Plough denied that he had the first lawyer arrested.

In May, Portage County Judge Laurie Pittman complained about Plough to the Ohio Supreme Court's Office of Disciplinary Counsel, saying he intimidated defendants who acted as their own lawyers, according to the Plain Dealer. She said Plough was "making a mockery of justice," according to a letter cited by the Plain Dealer.

Pittman and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel declined to comment. The office has not opened an official investigation into Plough.



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Jesus. Things are looking up here. Being assigned the case one day and being expected to go to trial the next is hard. What a choice: throw the client under the bus or go to jail. Nice.
Anonymous said…
"I would rather die the man I was than live this life!"

Jean Luc Picard
"Tapestry"
Anonymous said…
I miss my British daughter and radical conservative liberal friend. Have not seen little K in ages. I might like Alaska, but I would miss my mules. From what you tell us, I would do well in my profession up there. Do the cops do much boat patrol up there?
Phil, there is more coastline in Alaska than all the other states combined. And your mules would be worth their weight in gold here for REAL hunting. Come visit sometime.

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