Unexpected Balance

posted February 22nd, 2015, 2:01 am


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March 8th, 2014, 2:59 am

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I fully expect this one to provoke some thought and/or controversy.

I haven't covered it because it was never a big deal to me. Some old people simply find it difficult to change. Think about the things in your life, with the few years you've lived, and yet are pretty much "you". I would imagine Judge Goldberg is probably 60+ years, and she probably has some ingrained values.
Let me put out a personal story. Feel free to tune out. When I transitioned, my grandmother on my father's side was already dead. I miss her. She never met me, only, him. But my grandfather was still alive. He met me a few times. As a child, he always called me 'little feller'. As an adult, a woman, he still called me 'little feller'. I know, without question, that he didn't mean it as a demeaning term against my new sex. It was just him calling me what he always had. And to me, that was comforting. It meant that he still saw who he always did, his grandchild. The same person he loved, that didn't change. And isn't that more important than me being hurt by this slip?

So.. the controversy. Mrs Tarren. Let's face it, in basically every field except technology, being a woman, being gay, being black, basically everything says 'screw you, don't be different'. Does this excuse Mrs Tarren for what she did? Is this really an apology Annie can accept?
My view, and I guess Annie's view - life sucks, and if a person apologizes and mean it, why hold that hurt in your heart?
Feel free to disagree. I like dissenting opinions.

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February 22nd, 2015, 5:39 am

Iona (Guest)

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Just goes to show you shouldn't judge a person based on one situation. The lawyer was just doing her job and if she wasn't working for herself then she probably couldn't turn it down. I suspect she really didn't want to lawyer for asshole but did her best anyway. Fuck the judge but at least she was able to remain impartial during the trial.

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February 22nd, 2015, 8:25 am

Nick (Guest)

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I liked this. It was a pleasant twist and surprise after the trial.
Good job.

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February 22nd, 2015, 8:26 am

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didn't see that one coming 0_0''

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February 22nd, 2015, 2:09 pm

LunaticCalm (Guest)

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I knew it. >:\
At least the lawyer proved to be a decent human being.

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February 23rd, 2015, 2:24 am

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@Iona: I've always held to judging a person by their heart and not their actions.

@Nick: Thanks! It helped put things in perspective, I hope.

@MediocreArts: I didn't when I wrote it, either.

@LunaticCalm: How could you have known! I didn't! Am I so predictable? Or was she?

@Dew: Could you explain that for me? I try to remain consistent but what gave it away?

@Lindt: Hey! Someone noticed!

@Erin: Some day, Tarren will have enough credit to be able to make a real difference. I just hope she can keep her hope and faith until that day comes. I'd like to think that this case will keep her able to focus on being a good person, even if she has to do hurtful things sometimes.

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February 23rd, 2015, 4:57 am

dew (Guest)

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@GreenKrog: even in the worst of the insults, the lawyer never lost colour. Phobes are usually colorless, especially when being mean. On the other hand, even when the judge was saying that the name thing would be followed, she was empty. Not 100% accurate for a personality gauge, but... Yeah.

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February 23rd, 2015, 11:01 am

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@dew: I actually only intended for the old white judge to be old and white (old white people tend to be pretty colourless). But you are right, it would fit pretty well into the colouring meta that I created.
People turning white (In WF) is not necessarily emptiness but instead usually a sign of not knowing themselves. Both the judge and Tarren know who they are pretty unflappable.

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February 22nd, 2015, 3:33 pm

dew (Guest)

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Only saw it coming due to your colouring

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February 22nd, 2015, 9:46 pm

Lindt (Guest)

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Notice how she has the blue beads from Annie's concert <3

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February 23rd, 2015, 4:00 pm

mittfh

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@Lindt: I noticed that as well - you beat me to it! :)

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February 23rd, 2015, 2:12 am

Erin (Guest)

Well...

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Well, as a public defender, her career wouldn't have been hurt that much by losing an unwinnable case. And there are really, really scary implications to society as a whole if a public defender didn't do their damnedest to win cases just because they disliked their client. So ultimately, Tarran did what she had to even though she found it personally disgusting and then tried to limit the personal fallout as much as she could. I have zero issue with that. The judge... the judge is just being a prick, albeit a lawful prick.

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March 6th, 2015, 9:03 pm

Lex-Kat (Guest)

The Judge

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As much as I don't like her, at the very least she didn't allow her hate to cloud her neutrality.

She did her job to the best of her ability, just like Ms. Tarran did.

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