I am not a lawyer but it seems we all love to pick on lawyers. But nobody likes to pick on lawyers more than other lawyers. For us “regular” folks, a lawyer is an easy target for jokes as most of us don’t really understand what a lawyer is or does in our society.
Lawyers are competitive in nature. This may be why, like sharks, they seem to take a special delight in turning on each other. Let one show that he has a heart, that he actually cares about people who have been damaged, or that he’s willing to stretch himself a little if it will help truer justice to prevail in a straitjacketed system … and it’s on. May God have mercy on his soul.
For various reasons, I have several lawyer friends and acquaintances — they know all the best lawyer jokes, by the way. One of those who is a friend is Jon Alexander. Yes, our embattled district attorney. Yes, a former meth addict. And yes, a lawyer with a heart. It happens to be made of gold, but please, don’t tell the rest of the sharks.
I am also acquainted with most of the Gang of Five that I know to be actively campaigning against Jon 19 months after the election, all the while claiming that it is Jon who is after some of them. They can file complaint after bogus complaint, write article after falsified article, and in general trash Jon with little or no cost to themselves. A lot of that trashing can be done anonymously through “journalists” in news organizations (generally out of the area, naturally) where it’s more important to sell copies than it is to venture to the Far North and actually learn both the truth and the circumstances. Not to mention getting a little background on those who keep throwing the stones, filling out complaint forms, and ghostwriting articles — in short, doing what they accuse Jon of doing.
We here in Del Norte County are being hit with yet another re-hash of old “news” disguised as “terrible wrongdoing” and being “investigated” by seemingly everyone from the FBI, the CIA, the State Bar (somewhat true), FPPC, Jesse Jackson, two kindergarten classes, a homeless Labrador, and everyone else looking for their 15 minutes of fame. Once the shredder gets rolling, nothing like facts or common sense will stop it … especially, it would appear, at the State Bar.
Speaking of/to the Gang… some of your members are known to this audience. They’ve been quoted in the media claiming Jon has some kind of vendetta against them, that being the source of all their troubles. From these, almost anything can be expected — I doubt they’ve plumbed their lowest depths yet. For the rest hiding in the shadows and talking smack, I’m calling you out. Do something honorable for once and tell the whole truth. Maybe even get a life.
For those of Jon’s friends, associates and others who even now are letting fear and indecision influence what you “tell the Judge,” I say, grow some backbone… do what is right! Or are you truly invertebrate water-breathers … sharks? No backbone? Truth and honor have no standing here? I am humbly corrected.
Over the years I’ve learned a lot about our district attorney. I’ve learned that he isn’t perfect, the definition of which changes constantly anyway, depending upon who is talking. I have learned that even though he is my friend, should I suddenly begin dealing meth, one look into the eyes of my addict customers and Jon would see to it that I was hunted down and prosecuted for my crimes. I would expect nothing less because Jon is an honorable man. And he has a heart of gold. And he is a true friend. And a lawyer.
I still have my “Vote Jon Alexander for DA” campaign sign. I plan to plant it in my yard again in 2014.
State Bar, go home.
Jim Norton is a Crescent City resident.