The million dollar question

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I really enjoyed this reading.  It almost seemed like a grotesque carnival scene as Meyers gives us the grand tour of the freak show.  I never thought about how a reporter would have to spend days running back and forth between court rooms for stories.  It's also disheartening that there are so many stories in Chicago that only the strange and famous make it into the papers.  I love the story about the missionary who got into a fight with her husband and ended up shooting him over who had saved the most people.  I also found Judge Bolan's interview interesting.  He really didn't try to sugar-coat his job- he really explained the court system as he's come to know it, "You can get totally immersed in this building. . . .There's a Criminal Court personalilty:  You become cynical as hell, nothing is taken at face value, you cross-examine everything.  Nobody's innocent.  Innocence is something that's lost in childhood."  Anybody that works in the system has to becoem jaded at some point.  I'm sure every new lawyer has great intentions of saving the world but how long does it take before he loses his/her innocence.  I was also intrigued by the Judge Bolan's humanity as he asked hmself what he's doing to change the world.  Many people would say nothing while others would argue that it is because of judges like him that the justice system works so well.  Finally Meyers states, "THe who, what when, and where of each case have been ahswered.  Only the why remains."  THis is the million dollar question that everyone asks themselves as they tuck in their children or go to bed at night, and this is the question that keeps the courtrooms busy.

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Excellent observations, Shannon. Yes, cynicism of anyone involved in crime has to be tough to beat... the reporter really got behind the judge's mask, and we learned a bit about why someone would stick with such a challenging job.

I also liked the comment you left on Maddie's blog, where you noted that the article was cut up into sections so that it never got too overwhelming.

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