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Public Secrets and Justice: A Journal of a Circuit Court Judge Laura N Melvin

Public Secrets and Justice: A Journal of a Circuit Court Judge

Laura N Melvin

Published October 7th 2013
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286 pages
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Through the lens of her private thoughts and feelings, the author, a retired Circuit Judge, describes her view from the Bench., To provide a framework for the stories of the people she encountered and their impact upon her, Laura Melvin tells her ownMoreThrough the lens of her private thoughts and feelings, the author, a retired Circuit Judge, describes her view from the Bench., To provide a framework for the stories of the people she encountered and their impact upon her, Laura Melvin tells her own story as a female in the Deep South, raised in a conservative culture with strict expectations. She relates her struggle to find justice and her decision to leave the Bench after ten years to travel.“Amazing views from the bench along with fascinating insights to a truly renaissance woman.” Bill Campbell, columnist, Air Force veteran, and blogger.Judge Melvin gives a view of what goes on in the judicial process using real live people. Her courage is palpable as she risks the hazards of self-disclosure to show us the heart of a judge who cares, and the spirit of a person struggling to be free of the shackles of cultural expectations. When you begin to read this book, you will not be able to put it down.Thomas Lane Butts, DD, Pastor Emeritus, columnist, Author of Tigers in the Dark“brutally honest account of what it felt like to deal with a sexually abused children, a defendant sentenced to death, a 4-year-old murder victim, neglectful parents, rigid child-protection bureaucrats and the migraine-causing, stomach-churning weight of carrying out her … until she no longer could. But there is also joy and humor in Melvin’s deeply moving memoir, as she discovers “life after law” and revels in the freedom of anonymity. She takes us along on her uplifting adventures jumping from airplanes, seeing America with her dog … and roaring away on her Honda Goldwing 1800 motorcycle to the nation’s four corners to raise money for children’s charities. … Melvin’s deeply personal way to pay homage to the unforgettable children she met as a judge, who taught her the value of listening, stubbornness, hope, and courage.---- Jan Pudlow, senior editor, The Florida Bar News