Slipping through the cracks


POSTED: Sunday, January 25, 2009

A convicted child-beater was allowed out on bail

To return to her victims instead of to jail?

Her appeal was based on sovereignty

She said, “;Criminal laws don't apply to me.”;

The prosecutor objected, but didn't shout

Relying on Judge Crandall to figure it out.

Bail pending appeal is not a right.

A creditable appeal issue must be in sight.

It's clear that the system was indeed lax

As this child-beater slipped through the cracks.

The judge blamed the prosecutor, but note this

It was a frivolous appeal that this judge missed.


Daily headlines inspire the poet Joe Gedan, a retired U.S. magistrate judge who lives in Honolulu. His observations appear on Sundays and Fridays. He can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)