Friday, March 5, 2010

My testimony

I was in the courthouse just a week or so ago, brought in by a subpoena for my testimony involving an attempted robbery and assault on a woman who lives around the corner (the story is told fully in my blog last year during the month of May).  I had chased down the man during the attack and brought about his capture for the police.  Now in a preliminary trial I gave my story to ensure that the charges would stand against him and that his case be brought to trial.  It was an odd experience to sit on the witness stand before a microphone facing the criminal who I helped to put there and for the most part he was looking down not often making eye contact with me.  I stuck to exactly the truth and if I didn't remember something I was clear about that too, but all the evidence in what I experienced was clear enough to make a case against him.  The victim of the crime was there and I have gotten to know her a bit, having run into her a few times.  She still suffers by what happened to her and it took all of her strength to confront this man with her testimony.  There are so many good people in the world that it is always a shock that there are those out there who really are malevolent.  I have had many friends point out the stupidity of my actions, which has been expressed in so many words but I know that what I did, I would do again because it was the right thing to do.

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