Having practiced law for over 51 years, I have come to realize that “doing justice” is not just reading the law and applying it robotically. It entails having an understanding of human nature and shortcomings as well as empathy for other human beings. Some are in difficulty through ignorance, poor judgment or circumstance. Most of these will not commit future crimes. Others lack a moral compass and some are just plain mean. The difficult task of the prosecutor is to determine the difference. We have all tried to do this—hopefully we are right more than we are wrong.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Joe Shannon on 'doing justice'
From outgoing Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Joe Shannon Jr.'s farewell message on the department's website: