Do you ever see an old photo of yourself and think “who’s that?”
PART2: Now imagine if that difference cost you 20+ years. 🙇♂️So much can be done in one week. So little can be done in 20 years of prison..
but he managed to do a lot in his 4.5 years of incarceration, as it turned out.
Not only did he become sober and completely distance himself from gang life, but through the Government attorney, he was able to get involved with a program for kids from the Bronx, to tell his story in hopes of keeping them from becoming involved in violent gangs. He cooperated with the government and took charge of his mental health with relapse prevention programs.
I was crying. Crying almost as much as his mom.
I just had to do a court case report for my journalism class and my teacher said “go to a sentencing! Those are usually more fun!”
I was the only one who showed up except his four law student agents and, his mom.
When the judge had come out, 18 minutes late, during each of which the mom checked the clock a few times,
he asked “you’re the mother, is any other family here?”
She answered “no, 💯but I’m always here. Just me, I’m his.”
All statements being made, all questions being answered, the judge made it clear that his sentence is to be a total of 235-272months, and everyone, the Government, the lawyer, the defendant, agreed that this was 🌌 “within the universe of reasonable sentences.”
And then the judge said “you are sentenced to ‘TIME SERVED,’ with five years supervised release. Know that probation has maximum eyes on you, and you are to be released today.”😭
His mom had been to every trial, and to live with his mom - he was released.
I thought I had no tears left after Kemp’s letter, but there turned out to be plenty more.
So often we judge though we are in no place to, 🤔yet today I saw a real judge open his heart and set a man free- he gave him a chance, though he easily could not have.
But to be honest, I had a good feeling about it the minute the judge walked in and Kemp’s lawyer asked
“your honor, I recently had surgery, is it okay if I sit during this session?”
“Of course! And for matters of equality, all can stay seated.” Was the judges reply.