Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I apologize for not posting sooner. There has been so much happening that I feel like George Jetson on the treadmill with Astro, sliding down the back and falling off.
I have been having terrible pain in my hands, so it has been difficult to post. Thank God that my doctor prescribed Mobic and I am feeling so much better.
Secondly, I graduated from college yesterday with a degree in Criminal Justice.
Thelma and Louise somehow got out of our backyard yesterday and are on the lam ojnce again. I pray that they stay safe and we are doing all we can to find them.
Some of you asked for an update on Kewon. He went to court on my birthday. His court appointed lawyer had said that nothing would happen on this court date other than a procedure to certify that there was enough evidence against him to move forward.
Several weeks before, we had gotten him a Polo by Ralph Lauren blue oxford-cloth shirt (brand new with the tags still on it from Goodwill)and he already had some nice pants. Kewon was so nervous that he forgot his tie. Bruce accompanied Kewon and his mom. Just before they entered court, Bruce took off his tie and put it on Kewon. Kewon doesn’t know how to put on a tie, so Bruce was putting the knot in it for him. An Afircan American woman passing by stopped and said, “I wish I had a lawyer like that.” Bruce replied, “I’m not his lawyer, this is my son.” We wanted him to make a good impression on the judge.
Suddenly, just before the trial time, his lawyer advised us that the district attorney was offering Kewon a deal. The very serious charges would be totally dropped and expunged from his record. This depended on Kewon pleading guilty to lesser charges. Without going into detail, he didn’t really do what the reduced charges involved.
He and Bruce called me. “Miss Annie, you said that I had to tell the truth. I want to get this over with, but I don’t want to lie about what I did.” I didn’t want him to either. I prayed about it and asked to talk to his lawyer. I asked her if he could enter an Alford Plea (no contest) which simply acknowledges that there is a lot of evidence against a person. Kewon would not need to lie. The district attorney agreed to accept this and so Kewon’s case was adjudicated.
Kewon originally had serious felony charges against him. We feel that God intervened. At first I was disappointed that he had to plead to anything at all. In retrospect I believe that this has provided him with a valuable lesson about using better judgment.
Thanks to all of you for your concern for Kewon.
Posted by JPG at 10:54 AM