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My father was a federal district court judge in canada goose outlet online Northern California. His chambers and courtroom were in San Francisco; we lived in the East Bay, and he didn like to drive.
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My father canada goose factory outlet could have ordered a couple of briefcases with his own initials from the General Services Administration, but he didn He was determined to avoid the necessity of working at home.
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When Junie mentioned that it canada goose outlet toronto factory felt unseemly (my word not his) to bring his lunch to federal court in a metal lunch bucket, the use my father found for the remaining Murphy case had an unintended, but brilliant, effect.
He didn talk about it because it had to be observed firsthand to be fully appreciated.
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So one morning during the trial I went to court with my father and Junie.
Typically, we went from canada goose outlet nyc the parking goose outlet canada garage canada goose outlet uk sale to the courtroom by taking the judge private elevator, but this day we walked up a few stairs to the public entrance of the federal building and then to court in a public elevator. I soon realized why.
As we moved from the entrance of the federal building foyer and got into the elevator, at least two dozen people said, morning, judge. not to my father, who was ignored, but to Junie the former pump jockey because he was the guy with the judge briefcase.
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I don know how often they eschewed the judges elevator, but I suspect it was frequent enough to allow my father to meditate on the nature of power.
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The next column will be about the divorce lawyer, Steve Adams.
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