“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
“Let him that would move the world first move himself.”
“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
Leonardo da Vinci
“To be impartial… is indeed to have taken sides already… with the status quo.”
“Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men’s minds.”
“It is the poor, and members of minority groups who are least able to voice their complaints
against capital punishment. Their impotence leaves them victims of a sanction that the wealthier,
better represented, just as guilty people can escape. ..Proving one’s innocence after a jury verdict finding of guilt is almost impossible. In short, the presence of the death penalty as the keystone of our system bedevils the administration of criminal justice all the way down the line and is the
stumbling block in the path of general reform and the treatment of crime and criminals.
Thurgood Marshall, Justice of the
United States Supreme Court
“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”
Winston S. Churchill
“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations can never
effect a reform.”
Susan B. Anthony
“I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”
In 2014, the World Justice Project surveyed 99 countries to come up with their rule of law index reflecting what citizens felt with regards to justice in their everyday lives. The American legal system was ranked No. 16 in delivering justice due to its’ discriminatory practices.
Forbes Magazine, March 6, 2014
“…2014 research by Nextions, a Chicago business consulting firm, ... found a group of law firm partners gave a much higher grade to an associate’s written legal memorandum when they thought he was white. But the partners gave the same memo, when they believed it to have been written by a black associate, a lower evaluation and predictions of less potential as a lawyer.”
“More Black Lawyers Navigate a Rocky, Lonely Road to Partner, The New York Times, April 17, 2015.”
“There is no distinction between the terms racial discrimination and ethnic discrimination, superiority based on racial differentiation is scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous, and there is no justification for racial discrimination, in theory or in practice, anywhere.”
Premise of the United Nations Convention
“If you can control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his action. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself. If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; his very nature will demand one.”
Carter G. Woodson
“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.”
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
John F. Kennedy
“The important thing is this. To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we can become.”
W. E.B. DuBois
“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.”
“What you learn is what you die with.”
“We did not land on Plymouth Rock. Plymouth Rock landed on us.”
“Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.”
“I think that we should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe and believe to be fraught with death, unless they so imminently threaten immediate interference with the lawful and pressing purposes of the law that an immediate check is required to save the country.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Justice of the United States Supreme Court
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”
“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.”
James A. Garfield
“Truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth.”
Proverbs 9: 7-8
“I always thought the most pernicious and odious discrimination in our law is based on race.”
Sonia Sotomayor, Justice
of the United States Supreme Court
“Lawyers have their duties as citizens, but they also have special duties as lawyers. Their obligations go far deeper than earning a living as specialists in corporation or tax law. They have a continuing responsibility to uphold the fundamental principles of justice from which the law cannot depart.”
“The trouble with law is lawyers.”
“Justice has nothing to do with what goes on in a courtroom; Justice is what comes out of a courtroom.”
“Born with less, you still precious.”
“I start a picture, and I finish it.”
Jean Michel Basquiat
“And you know, hate in America, especially for African- Americans, is living every day. And even though it’s concealed most of the time, even though people hide their faces and will say things about you, and when they see you, they smile in your face, it’s alive every single day.”
“…there’s no real genetic basis for race, and as for a genetic basis for racism, there’s none at all.”
“These are the precepts of law: to live honorably: to hurt nobody: to render to everyone his due.”
“Pair your brain with knowledge and sync your success.”
“Lawyers have a social responsibility and a duty to advocate for the voiceless, as they are trained and primarily accountable for crushing the laws and customs that discriminate based on race and maintain an uneven playing field in America due to the vestiges of slavery.”
“As a black lawyer, I have a duty to aggressively attack; to demand a paradigm shift by developing and employing scientific interventions to abort or check the American legal system. The civil and criminal structure from its inception and entrenched foundation, when evaluated with forensic logic has been and continues to be racist at its core. It has demanded that blacks wait until the day after tomorrow to receive equal treatment in the society which is a crime against humanity.”
“For you, the minority individual, who believes that the path is too dark for your journey in life to be successful because of your race; we, the black lawyers and engineers are lighting a pathway for the attainment of your dreams on the world stage. Do not give up! Follow us to the diamonds. We will stand watch until you arrive.”
“I wish to be me again; if you know what I mean. I desire to lay on my back in the green grass and look at the stars, smell fresh flowers, walk in the forest and listen to the wind, name birds that visit my deck, interrupt the paths of ants with a twig, chase lighting bugs into the night. I long to be a child again and not be required to encounter racism and deal with other nonsense issues. I thirst for the creation of a system or an artificial life form that can eliminate racism. As a black man, I am tired, sick of racism and the unending promises by those controlling power to eradicate it. Is that too much to ask, to demand?”
“Racism is the greatest unaddressed mental illness that has ever affected the American society.”
Justinian Brandon Closer
The Best Lawyer on Earth
Who Never Was
“Persuasive words for receptive ears. Intellectual gems, erupt from minds and paint white electronic paper with utterances resembling scarlet emeralds brightly sparkling. Wonderful! Potent combinations of magnetized utterances, not poisonous; which remain vibrant when tested under the weight of logic. Heartfelt phrases that might stem the bigotry and killings, and smack the smile off the devil’s face.”
“These quotes are verbal ammunition- tactful, not metal bullets fired wildly at combatants or the innocent to win wars with the savage tearing of human flesh, but word arrangements openly assaulting and gracefully penetrating the misunderstood human psyche.”
“Perhaps, these are the piercing passages; I will embody in my speech tonight to command and influence a grand ballroom elbow filled with word merchants; a group of greedy green paper chasing lawyers; primarily outlaws, and their guests nourishing spiritually at an intellectual watering hole, an annual legal event. This is a traditional safe zone for the profession,” Justinian Brandon Closer aka Dart, a lawyer, a licensed dealer duly authorized by the State of Virginia, in English spoken and written words said faintly, after his review of the swarm of references.
The yearly meeting was one of those hallowed ground occasions where battling lawyers dropped their symbolic swords and shields at the door. With bated breath, they delivered long winded praises for their nefarious opponents.
Justinian used the quotes to prime his aging mind. He had 85 years of experience on the star, Earth, and his mental compass was fading slightly, he thought.
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” as first reported in
the African Methodist Christian Recorder in March 1862 was wishful pontificating, Justinian
considered and rejected the premise as a boxed fantasy.
The edict offered during childhood by those who were charged by society with doing good –
bleeding hearts, without a workable plan for change on the planet, appeared as a quote on his
communication device, state of the art and programmed with an app to consider pop-up counter
arguments which were traditionally disregarded by the purchasing consumers; especially lawyers
who rejected the thinking of their opponents in their verbal or written expressions.
Considering the merits of rival attorneys’ positions was not a skill sought by clients or
treasured in the powerful and influential corridors of the American money driven legal
profession. Lawyers who could realize merit in the positions of their adversaries usually found it
difficult to mine and maintain clients.
“Three words, I love you, dispels the notion of verse not being the most dominant force
in the world,” Dart said defiantly.
Expressions, if believed, accepted and followed by the multitudes are more compelling than a nuclear weapons stockpile on the world stage. Deadly dictators, tyrants, paranoid doers of evil and ruthless rulers dripping in bellicosity throughout world history traditionally begin their path to power on the global stage with mere utterances. The influence moguls spoke potent rhetoric to the masses, which resulted in wars or actions occasioning the death of millions of ardent believers who were on the wrong side of history, Justinian thought as he expanded his reflection.
“I will fire various ideas composed of these sizzling combinations of words, with a sense of urgency, at the dinner audience tonight. Unquestionably, there is no reason to offer the raw references directly as a novelty store owner merchandising cheap plaques, food items, clothing, and vases with the lines imprinted on the promotional objects. Get a hat for Dad, a plate for Mom, and this Frisbee for little brother- state unconscious shoppers grabbing novelty items adorned with memorable quotes for later distribution to underwhelmed friends and loved ones.”
“This is not me. Not who I am. Not who I have become. A collector of terms without an appreciation for their meaning or power- not me.”
“I will not permit words spoken or written to control, rule me in such a way. Cause me to dismiss them as unimportant or paralyze yours truly into inaction like an unquestioning believer- intellectually naked and unarmed in a library facing billions of them, reading their compilation from a commercial novel silently on a transit car, or listening to utterances from an unchallenged speaker.”
“Many of those who become victims to colloquy hope the words will leap from books or speakers as strange bedfellows, to award them prodigious power, wealth or success. Expressions do not empower based on their mere presence. They must be remembered, understood, formed, gathered, discarded, owned, and acted on as required to activate and work on the human brain -pleasingly or as voltage or acid, depending on the desired result.”
“I know this fact as a lawyer whose only marketable product is words,” Dart said thinking of the bright blue day that had been followed by nature spreading a mixed sunset of caramel, egg yolk yellow, and candy apple red throughout the western sky at dusk, before nightfall spread and covered the Earth.
“I will melt the ideas down, swim in a piranha ocean of thoughts with words as my floats, sprinkle the essence of the utterances into their consciousness and permit the audience to claim the views included in my speech, as their own.”
Do not address the gathering like a college professor lecturing overdosed grade hyped students searching for methods to secure employment in a competitive market, with the increased knowledge gained viewed as a troubling by-product. Set them up like a jury examining a rabbit hole. An entry into the dark unknown, tunneled with the pearl teeth of a mouthpiece. Lead the audience as a silver-tongued unbending lawyer standing near the chasm proclaiming the supreme nature of his effort- the ability to position words to carve a passage into their judgment, to influence jurors during heated deliberations or perhaps a surprised audience partaking of a dinner meal, Justinian thought.
Push them. Let them, the listeners, fall into the dark space, the hollow and become unable to extradite themselves mentally from it, unless they accept a gunslinger’s truth, my words- magical rightful legal dust. $1000 an hour when spoken, written or thought; reinforced with emotional luggage, attached by me, the advocate, as leeches to attack the listener’s sense of self-preservation and worth, to influence their purported logical reasoning. Victory, defeat, oh yes; the spoils or rewards of everything good or evil - birthed in utterances. Time to uplift the Virginia State Practitioner’s Bar aka VSP with words that bubble from the heart, he reasoned.
“Sting them repeatedly until they give up the ghost of this fake and distorted legal game in a nose dive. As the best lawyer on Earth, I must create a counter legal culture and plant words aided by technology like trees in their thoughts.”
“I am inclined to overdo most things, including deliberating, speaking, and hoping, not intentionally; but due to my malediction as a lawyer of making sure my spoken, written, or thinking positions are crystal clear internally and externally. Conceivably, I can transport the gathering, mentally to the place I wish them to be forever, by my agile utterances, the soothing and infectious words of a pleader. I will not have this chance again to expose the authentic truth,” Justinian said.
“I will sue, “that instrument,” he whispered involuntarily and bitterly digressed in cogitation. He called the treasured document “that instrument” as it had been previously described by a Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court to distance himself emotionally from the text ingrained as an essential element in the social framework for the functioning of an ordered society in America.
He had found it difficult mentally for years to feign an attachment to the mechanism on which the society was founded which knowingly accepted that his ancestors would remain slaves. He could not balance the results that had occurred in America on the scales of justice, held by a blindfolded symbol, which he had been educated as an attorney to believe was the overarching reason for adherence to laws and an appreciation for the American way of life.
Strangely, he wanted to pray. However, he realized historically that this had been the natural inclination of many blacks when confrontations could not be avoided.
“Working hard or praying harder is not the answer to this legal concern. A surgeon may not only view the body, pray, and not pick up a scalpel and begin cutting into the flesh, if he expects the patient to heal. A black lawyer cannot view a society which tolerates racial inequality and believe that quite out of court conversations at social events or marching will change the status of many of his clients and eradicate the unfairness delivered to them in the civil and criminal justice system in America constantly clouded with racism. I have been trained as a professional to know better, to seek legal remedies, and have an obligation to attack with the scalpel available in law; the most effective and enduring being uncensored utterances,” he said.
“Blacks are no longer required to tolerate and accommodate the duplicity; to reason away the unfairness which they experience in their daily lives to survive.”
Praying was not taught in law school, Justinian thought and smiled.
He abdicated space in his concentration for clearer thinking, but realized judgments regarding “that instrument” would reoccur in his mind, and there would be no divorce. He returned to productive thoughts to escape an invective- an angry verbal attack concerning the intransigent document.
Justinian grinned. He treasured soliloquy and enjoyed being a wordsmith.
“I desire tonight to speak for my country and my clients assigned to me by law and by fate. Not to further damage a divided nation and forgotten individuals who have become the objects of child’s play for the corrupt, self-centered, and those in power. Words and word play first spoken over 60,000 years ago, in Southwest Africa. I love it,” Dart said continuing now with a bombastic attitude while raising his chin and eagle-eyed peering up and down the long cold hallway.
He considered that the acclaimed citations, including the quotes he had authored and presumptuously added, reflected the thinking of minds which had imprinted human history. It was his habit to mix his thoughts with those of world and cultural leaders who had not backed down.
The citations had streamed into space- a rubber white legal pad sized mat- which Justinian had selected as an accessory for personal broadcast for his covert model year 2045 recently built communication device at which he was now looking. Both items were manufactured in his secure technology laboratories and think tanks primarily staffed by the clandestine multi-cultural employees of Team Black Ice- Intellectuals Committed to Equality.
The hardware- devices- a primary and backup transmitter, disguised and attached as cuff links in his shirt sleeves, had the dual operative ability of formerly widely used Internet-connected computers and phones -whose towers and coverage areas had the appearance of biological cells and were referred to as cell phones.
“I will make a fortune from the sale of the watered-down versions of the communication device without brain wave technology and mat accessory when released to the market by my company. A new version can be released at 13-month intervals,” Dart mumbled.
He glanced at an antique loudly ticking grandfather clock; his reflections interrupted by considering his time on the planet was rapidly evaporating, and the moving mechanism of the clock was like destiny, swinging back and forward based on his decisions in life- the living stage.
The freestanding clock was positioned near the red oak paneled hall wall, soldier-like, seemingly to guard the hallway against irrelevancy. The clock may be pertinent to random hall walkers like me also measuring time, Justinian thought to justify its’ ostentatious presence for a flash.
After a few seconds, he returned to his previous progression of thought regarding the technology release dates based on consumer studies. The research revealed those who were attracted, addicted to technological devices; who self-promoted themselves as intellectual savvy, were, in fact, economic Gophers, who would shovel over $800 or more at recognized intervals for insignificantly updated mechanical devices.
Money matters. The liquid cash will be vital to assist with the crushing of the civil and criminal legal system in America. This country spends billions on foreign wars and jailing hundreds of thousands of Americans yearly, and nonetheless, it will not appropriate the desired funding or resources to create a structure for fair treatment which ensures individuals will not experience discrimination in the administration of civil and criminal justice. We built thousands of prisons, instead of creating educational and social frameworks which could fashion permanent workable solutions to society’s pressing social problems for the current and future generations, he pondered.
“In America, a pickled society, we jail our dilemmas or typecast individuals as being outside of society’s norms because the masses interested in conformity believe some do not belong and cannot contribute. Why should those who do not harm others by their personal choices be confronted and required to work endlessly to be granted human dignity? This out of use thinking cannot stand,” he said as a limpid mandate.
“This mindset is the reason the damages the injured may receive in a civil lawsuit are usually inadequate to compensate them for their economic loss and mental pain and suffering. Legislatures willingly cap pain and suffering by statutory language and grant meagerly paid judges- the legal lords, the right to throw the deserving injured under the bus and steal multi-million-dollar jury verdicts.”
“However, the power players do not cap the riches companies can earn from flooding the marketplace with bad drugs, poorly manufactured products, or chemicals which poison the environment with known pollutants, including carcinogenic substances which have killed millions. Those trafficking power do not sanction the hospitals and nursing homes, which have become profit centers and as a result provide substandard health care leading to the untimely death of millions.”
“Little wonder Millennials and later generations are marching in the streets and dumbstruck by the thinking, actions, and inactions of their parents and grandparents filled with inconsistencies and a lack of societal accountability.”
“Do not tell me to spend my life on a hamster wheel working for 30 years! The crowning economic achievement, the fulfillment of the American dream, being the economic promise of paying off my home mortgage and student loans before I die,” Justinian said parroting words he had heard spoken by younger generations, including his granddaughter.
“Shameful!” He said momentarily ticked off.
Dart stopped speaking, as he heard the entry doors of the hotel creaking and he felt a breeze of cold air rush down the hallway from outside. He gripped one arm of the chair in which he was seated.
He viewed the federal agents; bull-faced, punctilious, intellectual cousins, the suits, in their late 50′s who had stepped outside of the hotel enter and hurry eastward along the narrow hall in his direction. They passed him while behaving as though he wasn’t present. They knew, that he knew, they were there to watch him.
While still shaking the chill of the 30ish-degree evening from their bodies, the go-betweens entered the calm banquet room populated primarily by outlaws and their guests.
Justinian for easy reference sometimes categorized lawyers. He identified judges or justices as legal lords. Civil defense attorneys were considered by him to be outlaws as they principally made the rules by staffing committees of the bar, and afterward blatantly violated the procedures they had created for profit, while permitting their firms to reduce their personal lives to ashes to power the firm’s greed. Gunslingers were forceful advocates with millions in their war chests to fight their opponents of which Justinian was among their ranks. They were the lawyers for the injured who brought the major lawsuits and aimed wildly at any insured corporation or individual; especially those who were afraid of the smoke and fallout created by litigation – persons who have liticaphobia manifested by dread, anxiety, or the inability to articulate words or sentences.
In Dart’s view, all remaining legally trained licensed individuals were simply officers of the court, unremarkable, and he referred to them as lawyers, attorneys, counselors, or advocates. These were the bookends, scoundrels, processors, watchers, and rare creators of change in the law or society who overwhelmingly actively populated the legal profession and accounted for over 70% of its numbers. Most of these individuals became lawyers to change the world and after being awarded a law degree began stumbling in their beliefs and soon were afraid to change their underwear without seeking the permission of the power players in the law.
He also recognized there were over 200,000 law grads in professional hiding, overwhelmingly ashamed, who had repeatedly not passed a state bar examination and given up. They were commonly known as the Invisible JD’s in the legal community.
Those who were unseen were a disappointment to Dart. He often counseled individuals who had failed the bar and encouraged them not to become a victim of life’s setbacks. As Shakespeare wrote and Justinian sometimes said verbatim to those who could momentarily escape their lack of confidence to listen, “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we ought might win, by fearing to attempt.”
“Peeping feds and conformist,” Dart blurted as the smell of the male agent’s cologne lingered in the hall. He spoke as if there was someone present who was listening and cared about his complaint.
Justinian took a sip of water from a paper cup that he had filled from a dispenser that was still dripping.
“Offer individuals the privilege to wear wrinkled dark business suits in their employment, and they conclude their jobs are necessary for the world to rotate. Why are they here following me? Am I still a threat? I suppose, I am a high-value target in someone’s view. They probably are sidetracked thinking we are frozen in time- the year 2016- the beginning of the misery,” he said.
“2016, was the year democracy descended to a slippery slope in America as there was a paradigm shift in the thinking of American leadership. The year marked the age bald-faced flat out lying became fashionable. Displaying a lack of principles and empathy was a path to success for those running for elected offices. A political tug of war based on words and follow up actions was begun among wealthy people over power making use of hundreds of millions of vulnerable, well-meaning, ill- informed, ordinary citizens as the rope. ”
“2016- the time words went on sale- reduced habitually to meaningless value because the politicians who used them had no plans to act consistently with their statements. Similarly, it was the year plenty of Americans promised without displaying fear that they would cheat on their taxes as they felt accountability to the government and other Americans was optional. They believed paying their fair share of levies was no longer a civic duty to be observed in the best interest of the country, but the sponsoring of state-based insensitivity to the highest asserted values of American society. Those principles, at times window dressing when objectively evaluated; included equality, the protection of the weak, the preservation of the Earth’s environment and building blocks for individual achievement, respect for the contributions of those who had served with war created mental challenges, and the welcoming of the opportunity to live in the United States of America to immigrants.”
“The year was the point in time when unpretentious graying men in their retirement surfaced and gathered before dawn in inexpensive national chain restaurants and staked out plastic tables to talk. Workers filled their breakfast orders; unending coffee refills and a sandwich for under $7 at counters and provided them thin white cheap bags for carrying out, which quickly revealed grease. The men who were of a single race met regularly for an hour or more and engaged in chats with their neighbors and church members to affirm their private bigotry and unwritten blueprint for governing the affairs of the nation. The accomplices intended to renew America to be the country of exclusion they prized in their youth. Noticeably absent from these meetings were information sources; a newspaper, a magazine, or a computer for Internet access and research to support their expressions of opinions. Their race and their desires for self-preservation were the only foundations they required to determine how their country should be run. They wanted, they demanded, the resurgence of the values of the past for themselves, their families, and friends. Their world was composed on average of the 600 people whom they knew including their 8 to 10 close friends. No one took them seriously until 2016.”
“These early risers are viewed as dangerous now as they have repeatedly elected bullying, thin- skinned, Presidents who never wanted to witness an efficacious multicultural American society, as they would have no pathway to exploit the differences for personal gain and their egos,” Justinian ranted.
2016 was the beginning of the downhill trajectory of lawyers as they became mouthpieces for their clients without any intellectual filters who sought to discount forensic evaluations of their conduct or history. They did not permit the purported reason for their existence of serving society stand in their way of making money or seeking fame, Justinian thought.
“In 2017, the international circus over a hundred years old closed. How does the globe not have a circus spreading goodwill around the planet? A Times magazine cover asked, “Whether Truth Was Dead?” It was a sign of the times, a vicious age,” Dart remarked calming himself.
“You do not deliberate and talk to oneself in complete sentences. This is common sense, I suppose. But no one has ever told me why I am not permitted to do so. I would not listen to such protests regarding my conduct if those holding the conviction struggled to persuade me of the logic of their view. I talk, so that I may listen to myself, without being concerned, about my tone. I may be harboring a professional death wish.”
“I am a bit psychotic. We all are, I think.”
“Oh, I realize I am not supposed to think this way because my brain waves are not functioning in the cadence necessary to offer compliments to those assembled in the interior of the ballroom. The protected classes, those gathered, may have succeeded in their glow because of the disharmony, but have contributed significantly to placing the society on the verge of chaos.”
Justinian ceased speaking.
He viewed the communication device’s mat. It was thin as a sheet of paper and when closed measured the size of a pencil in width.
The interactive device, not available to the public in the marketplace, possessed the ability to transport content, including emails or communications into any space- the back of a hand, the arm of a chair, a flat surface, or into mid-air 24 hours a day. Unless saved, the emails or other information, which he observed on his communication device, were automatically erased for eternity- evaporating like steam from a percolating tea kettle- seconds after being reviewed, and there was no evidence he had received them.
The mat- a screen, paper-like, which most consumers would purchase in addition to the communication device at $689.98, would retail as an accessory for $129.99. He would release the device and add-on a few months before a Christmas holiday period in the future. A deliberate shortage by his company’s marketing and production departments now in the planning would promote free worldwide publicity and initiate vicious global consumer demand.
“People love the morass of securing scarce items, standing in early bird retail lines to purchase them, although tens of millions may have been manufactured. Customers will fight for my company’s products in the big box stores,” Justinian said and smiled as he considered the truckloads of cash his company would earn in profits.
The messages routed to and from Justinian’s state of the art communication device using non-traceable satellite waves, virtually unhackable, which were beamed to commercial satellites 22,000 miles above the earth operated free of the potentially unsecured land-based operating systems which retained electronic traces of the communications. The transmissions left no digital footprint.
The device had additional capabilities known only by a handful of those closest to Justinian, as his companies had not sought a patent for the newly developed forms of technology, which resulted in the creation of the communication device.
He did not trust the job jumping government patent examiners based in expensive Alexandria, Virginia, who earned on average slightly over six figures yearly who were required to review his company’s technology to grant approval. Many of the senior and supervisory examiners were moles, fortune-hunters who had undisclosed ties with industry leaders- his competitors. These spies provided tips regarding pending approvals to all buyers for cash, with no questions asked.
The takers after purchasing the nuts and bolts of cutting edge know-how would hire the best gunslingers to argue in the federal courts that they were also researching and had developed the technology. The average costs to litigate an infringement case was 5 million dollars for each party. In a complicated lawsuit, the expenses to go to trial could be in the tens of millions of dollars, with the loser of the dispute, after years of litigation being required to pay the costs including the attorney fees of the winner in exceptional cases.
In the future, he would pinpoint someone in the patent’s office whom he could trust, a rogue insider dedicated to professionalism, with his device- a once in a 1000-year advancement. Not since the invention of the wheel around 3500 BC would a design impact the world as significantly as his gadget. Hundreds of millions of dollars could be lost if he applied and there was a leak by the patent’s office before his company received approval of its claims.
Justinian also had refused to share knowledge regarding the interworking of his design with the state established intelligence community, the “IC,” which existed in 24 governmental agencies. He did not trust the government’s notorious spies involved in the rapidly expanding cyber intelligence convergence. He felt great trepidation, as he knew they would not, and could not, protect him physically from harm or economically from the theft of his intellectual property interests, which were developed at great cost in his companies.
Moreover, Dart feared if the government acquired knowledge of the capabilities of the device, the feds would create a false doomsday scenario and seek to usurp the knowledge, by arguing in the federal courts a nightmare would exist, if enemies of the United States acquired the mechanism. Therefore, the IC would plead the technology should be classified as top-secret due to compelling national interest and allege the machine had the ability to do exceptionally grave harm to national security.
For years, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, constitutionally suspect, was composed of federal legal lords appointed solely by Wesley Cousins. The insipid Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court named in 2025 to lead the nine-member, Supreme Court outfit, had targeted untraceable communications as a threat to national security and declared the intellectual property interest of the developers of the technology as unprotected to regulatory review and if necessary seizure to protect America.
A medley of obstinate private developers, including Justinian, who were influential, affluent, controversial, and ran some of the best companies in the world rebelled. These producers considered who controlled developing technology as a battleground and vigorously fought subpoenas approved by the intelligence and other federal courts seeking to discover the interworking of their bailiwick and backdoor access to their devices.
The authority- the government, and the developers had engaged in sporadic public legal standoffs as the United States of America, through the Department of Justice, the stiff legal arm of political administrations, sought to pilfer a laundry list of the state of the art knowledge of technology companies. The activities pursued under the veil of protecting the country from the actions of terrorist were emotional bait for the concerned public.
Smart originators no longer accepted the economic inducement of defense contracts, which they considered off- limits, as they were bound to turn over to authorities any technology they developed for decades for review. After accepting the government cheese, the designers were handcuffed and crippled to make independent decisions as to what know-how they could release to the marketplace for profit or what knowledge was to be classified.
With the rise of high-tech, small free-thinking companies, which without the technology were as a flea on an elephant, suddenly became power players. The government was habitually playing catch up as the private companies secured the greater percentage of the competitive minds in the industry, as they offered generous salaries and benefits packages to the technologist.
“The individuals who operated technology enterprises and the lawyers who advised them could assert control over the world,” Justinian regularly told his able and agile staff who were quietly working on projects, including the creation of artificial intelligence.
The governance, although it attempted to do so, had failed in trying to assert influence over many of the corporations through the intelligence court, a government rubber stamp, armed with ten combined procedure and substantive legal rules. The kangaroo court wedded to ostracism heard only the arguments of the administration in non-adversarial- ex parte- secret hearings concerning scientific knowledge and other alleged pernicious security concerns of the nation.
However, despite these substantive and procedural advantages enjoyed by the governance, the feds were seldom able to gain access to the technics they desired, as their staffs were attempting to hit a moving target, tightly controlled by the private sector technology companies. Many of the tight-lipped corporations were cash rich and did not trade on Wall Street where they would be compelled to file Rule 10b.5 disclosure statements. Therefore, there was little in-depth public knowledge about their research and upshot activities.
The gullible watchdogs of the intelligence court were outlaws- friends of the court- big firm lawyers- with top security clearance appointed by Chief Justice Wesley Cousins to serve as court designated public advocates. These lawyers filed their orthodox secret written advisory opinions to purportedly protect the public interest from the government’s overreaching when requested to do so by the court’s judges. None of the outlaws resting in the palms of big business were mavericks. No individual in America who possessed top-secret clearance could challenge alone the government’s authority to conduct intelligence activities, except for the President of the United States.
The decisions of the rigged court were rarely made public. The truncated truthful and false information fed to the tribunal by the government to make its bias rulings frequently resulted in legal errors. Those mistakes intentional and unintentional were akin to blowing smoke, as the administration’s lagging knowledge caused the determinations to be worth little more than the paper the decisions were written on.
The legal lords assigned to the intelligence court lacked expertise and were notorious for issuing internally logically unsupportable trite opinions. These jurists could not survive a legal test known to lawyers as a Daubert challenge in federal court if made, inquiring into their qualifications to understand the scientific know-how of which they issued rulings. They lacked the combined technical ability or expertise to design or repair an electric can opener in Justinian’s opinion.
Many of the judges who had served or were serving on the intelligence court had not possessed undergraduate degrees in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics- STEM curriculums. The ubiquitous study did not garner the interest of many law students, and therefore there was a void in the knowledge of lawyers appointed to federal judgeships. Scores of these legal lords who had majored in liberal arts as an undergraduate could not solve grade school math problems.
Justinian considered the occasion in which he had participated in a workshop for judges. He asked them if “a bat and a ball cost one dollar and ten cents in total. The bat costs a dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?” The judges answered 10 cents. The proper answer was the ball cost 5 cents. The only way for the bat to be a dollar more than the ball and the total cost to equal $1.10 is for the baseball bat to cost $1.05 and the ball to cost 5 cents. Despite their puerile-juvenile reasoning, the intellectual interlopers remained on the bench judging other humans without the required logic to work a basic math problem.
Dart thought the world of 2045 was socially and technologically challenging. He mumbled reflecting on the judicial training that, judges are used as bandages in American society and are not equipped to handle the high-tech environment. Because of the feeble reasoning and opinions of the legal lords in the intelligence court and their failed attempt to influence technology, there had been an uncontrolled cyber revolution, which has changed public expectations and citizen conduct given a single rogue cyber hacker can effect the lives of millions.
Dart heard additional quick moving footsteps on the creaky hardwood flooring. The
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable Wesley Cousins, who was a judge who “had
seen- it all” and “knew- it- all” by his modest estimate was toddling the hotel hallway in his
He was a small man in physique, with big hands and feet, which Justinian readily observed and found temporarily amusing.
Cousins’ physical attributes had not changed since their last meeting. However, he had gained 2 pounds based on Justinian’s scan of him, which he accomplished by brain wave via his communication device. There was also the prominent irregularity, a thickening, in the prefrontal cortex of the Chief Justice’s brain, which he had noted previously. It was an acquired brain defect appearing in the physical scans of a prominent number of lawyers, especially in the probes of the outlaws.
Dart electronically forwarded a copy of Wesley’s brain scan to his team, with the thought demand of “execute.”
“A 2045 judge never needs a security detail when he is in the presence of lawyers. Maybe, instead of protection, a physician who is skilled in digital rectal exams would be helpful to extract the attorneys’ lips, ” he laughed and abruptly stopped the comment in mid-sentence.
“Stay on mission,” Justinian mumbled. “Small minds are concerned primarily with people, while sharp minds concentrate on ideas.”
The Chief Justice glared into Justinian’s eyes hard faced as he passed. He gazed away frosty, frog eyed at the ticking clock without speaking and entered the hotel’s grand banquet room.
“Arrogance and we have bad blood between us,” Dart whispered and moved his tongue across the edge of his dental implants.
“He underwent a metamorphosis when he was appointed as a justice. He changed into a querulous skunk,” he said, unable to resist thinking of Cousins in a personal context.
Justinian continued, “he was on the United States Supreme Court in 2016 when America was turned upside down. Let’s see if Justice Cousins, the other legal lords, and my contemporaries are basking in the aura of self-righteousness, thinking their fecal matter does not stink when I conclude my comments tonight. I will speak directly, rail him and my self-proclaimed esteemed colleagues, the members of the VSP tonight. Don’t poke the bear, unless you are willing to fight,” Justinian said. “I am prepared to fight. Their time of being unchallenged has run out. Truth to power.”
Dart had engaged in recalcitrant, free-thinking for weeks, as a primer for the verbal birth of brisk ideas he would within minutes’ launch publicly.
The audience tonight consisting primarily of greedy outlaws and their somnolent family members would have little knowledge of him. Justinian, age 85, was deeply invested in technology development and was not dependent on his income as a lawyer for his economic survival.
Dart was uncommon among lawyers. He had made hundreds of millions of dollars. Few lawyers earn over a hundred million dollars during their career.
Justinian made the lion share of the cash by taking high risks and investing in companies which prospered by rendering the products of competitors obsolete or outdated, including maps, cameras, VCR’s, gaming systems, fax machines, television ratings, handheld cell phones, brick, and mortar educational institutions and oil using forms of transportation. He had not squandered the money he had produced.
He had purchased three of the companies he now owned in their infancy. The businesses had grown quickly and become the cream of the crop in their respective fields.
One of Justinian’s companies developed innovative batteries, which possessed the ability to internally self-charge their cells in electronic devices without replacement for at least ten years.
Physicians and concerned family members had complained for years about adult males who would not seek regular physical examinations. Therefore, Justinian recognized an opportunity and with his leadership, one of his corporations developed a system which permitted physicians to monitor the health of patients by periodic checkups without the individual’s’ presence in their offices.
The doctors identified the DNA profile of patients and with their consent via satellite surveillance conducted health screenings, including blood pressure, weight, height, x-rays, and chemical analysis of their blood. Few illnesses could reach advanced stages without being detected for a patient who agreed to fitness monitoring by using the physical assessment software. His company was minting money because of the sales of the technology.
If Dart was required to pull a rabbit out of a hat to save his hide or businesses, he was confident the technology which his companies had developed and earnings would be his means of economic or personal survival.
Justinian, a baby boomer, spoke the astute vintage quotes softly and reverently, which were repeatedly appearing on the rubber matting. He scrutinized the words mentally with widening eyes, as a jeweler examining precious gems, and slowly lowered the pad.
He had reviewed and memorized thousands of quotes. However, the words of the individuals who had been outspoken, doubted, scorned, disowned, or had dedicated their lives to a principle for the betterment of humanity impressed him most and flavored his living.
How could any individual or interest group make a valid argument that these thought leaders had not changed the world by their words supported in many cases by bold actions of which they were willing to commit their lives? Justinian reasoned.
The quote by a lawyer, Clarence Darrow who was a prominent defender of the damned due to the nature of their alleged heinous crimes and unpopular causes believed the criminal justice system was a gigantic fraud. He provided insight regarding the legal vocation in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s. Darrow was disappointed with the American legal profession and its reinforcement of racism.
Justinian considered Darrow’s statements in part in the Sweet trial, which appeared now on his communication device. Dealing with racism in the American system of justice would be at the center of his speech tonight.
He examined the words spoken by Darrow on November 24th and 25th in 1925, which if expressed in 2045, would have continued credibility regarding the thinking of American juries in many communities.
Darrow said, “...it is not so hard to show men that their opinions are wrong, but it is the next thing to impossible to take away their prejudices…Let us see how many of you have close friends who have African blood in their veins? How many of you have visited their homes? How many of you have invited them to your home to dine with you? If not, why not?... Let me say another thing: I don’t need to talk to you about race prejudice and the motives that are back of this case and the terrible history that is back of it stretching back into the time we have no record of, as old as the human race itself; I don’t need to talk about it, we know it.”
“Here is eleven people, which is about as many as there are on this jury, on trial for killing a white man. Your faces are all white or what white men call white; it is not white, it is a sort of yellow, but we call it white because we think it looks better. Here is eleven black people on trial before twelve whites, gentlemen. We have not got one here, not one, not a single one, and it would not be possible to get one (referring to a black juror)…A mother will love her baby if she is white and if the baby is white, but she has no feeling of sympathy for the black mothers or the black child…prejudices; you are breathing them out of the air, you get them at your mother’s knee…And I am going to ask you gentlemen, every one of you, to watch yourselves that you do no injustice to a race that has received nothing but injustice in its whole history from the hands of the whites…I am always suspicious of anybody who brags about law and order…more order than law.”
In the same year as the Sweet trial, whites speaking in the voice tone and supposed logic of the time in a popular national radio show imitated blacks attempting to understand the law. The tagline was the ignorant blacks could not read the law book due to their inability to understand “big words.” A white lawyer entered the scene and explained the hardback was an okay book. However, the book concerned the “law of relativity.” The show did not educate blacks that Albert Einstein who developed the theory of relativity considered racism to be deplorable.
In 1905, Albert Einstein determined the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and the speed of light in a vacuum was independent of the motion of all observers. The theory explained the behavior of objects in space and time. Einstein’s research set the framework for physics.
This great scientist later stated racism was the most pervasive social problem in the United States of America and regularly invited Blacks of his day to stay in his private home, as they could not check into hotels as guests.
As he listened to the mocking plastic records of the past, as a child sitting on his grandmother’s knee, while she was peeling peaches and apples for canning, Justinian committed himself to developing an extensive vocabulary. He hated thinking of blacks being viewed as having the inability to read or articulate standard dialogue. He reached an irrevocable decision the first day that he heard the voices filling the air buffooning blacks.
He would become a lawyer.
However, the belief as to his career choice did not originate with him. It was Justinian’s
perceived destiny, after his pregnant mother reached the tentative decision, upon reviewing a
single book from the collection of the World Book encyclopedia which had been left with her by
a traveling salesman for consideration. She memorized sections of the volume including the
quote by Emperor Justinian I, which stated, “These are the precepts of law: to live honorably: to
hurt nobody: to render to every one his due.”
Justinian, a Roman Ruler, was responsible for the uniform rewriting of Roman civil law,
which is still the basis of civil law in many American states and the foundation of the Western
Mrs. Closer later told her son after his birth that the passage gave her strength to confront
racism. She adored the quote and repeated it daily, sometimes while dressing to leave for her
employment as a maid.
He received his name and in his mother’s opinion, his destiny, because of the passage. His
mother reminded him during his childhood that he should aspire to do that which was “just.”
Justinian selected his career at 8 years old. His mother quickly supported his commitment.
He later learned while the audiences were laughing at the recording, Charles Drew, a bright 21-year-old was developing a brilliant mind and would later pioneer methods for storing plasma, blood banks, which would save the lives of thousands of allied soldiers during World War II. He later resigned a prominent position when he learned African American blood would be segregated in the blood banks which he pioneered based on the presumed genetic inferiority of the black race, as was the policy of the American Red Cross until 1950. The dazzling physician and scientist would for decades after leaving the organization practice and teach at Howard University in Washington, D.C., considered the Mecca of black education and thought in the United States of America.
Approximately a hundred years later now in 2045, the legal profession’s effectiveness was more problematic than when Darrow was critical of his colleagues and society or when Dr. Drew took a bold stand against the supposed inferiority of blacks. The administration of justice cluttered with bigotry and class distinctions require elimination or profound change, Justinian thought. He was energized after reviewing Darrow’s words and thinking of Drew’s actions.
The historical quotes and events were game changers in Justinian’s mental positioning over a period of years. They were primers for his courage- intravenous intellectualism, as he formulated a plan to terminate or make a deep-seated transformation of the outdated American legal scheme, an alleged framework of fairness.
The white male dominated system steeped in slowness, self-righteousness, and conformity would continue to govern the country and influence the planet in error with devastating consequences unless openly confronted and likely replaced. Lawyers, the window dressing of the arrangement routinely rushed to pressing social issues in the American society like firefighters to a burning building. Their efforts in rare occasions favorably impacted the result as the legal products they offered were ineffective.
American lawyers and others social Globetrotters for generations had set up systems of justice in countries around the world based on the failed legal structure. The American model had spread racial discourse around the world like a deadly virus with no known cure. It was a one shot judicial framework of factual determinations and appeals could only be successful if the legal lords made a mistake. State appellate courts reversed judges less than 30% of the time, and the United States Supreme Court granted about 1% of the petitions filed.
Justinian appreciated his brain required the constant infusions of life’s additives of transformative thought leaders, as negative and fear-based messaging were served full course each day in the American diet, especially to and by members of the legal community. Americans were high jacked mentally by overt actions and dog whistles and paraded from one crisis to another as they gulped down their daily media sources and street gossip.
Moreover, the intellectual pollution of the past known as stare decisis- blindly following bygone legal decisions with a commitment to let them stand, constantly loomed over the legal profession. Few lawyers had the intellectual or emotional ability- the tenacity- to assist in eradicating the socially dysfunctional results which were being repeated and had reached an epidemic level of common acceptance in the American legal system.
Despite the technological advancements since the beginning of the 21st century, the law, which interpreted and gave structure and meaning to the daily lives and affairs of hundreds of millions of Americans had remained primarily unchanged for centuries. Legal reasoning was grounded in the distant past although it was inherently based on racism.
The law’s protective covering of legalisms was openly preserved and secretly worshiped by many and held to be sacred by the snooty legal power brokers. Those who were legally trained and did not claim symbolic ownership of the law were silenced and could not aggressively criticize the law’s inconsistent path and troubling results, as they were not recognized as the leaders of the lawyer’s groups.
Racism was hiding in plain sight in legal communities throughout America.
The front line social warriors in American’s society- known for generations- as lawyers were officers of the court. In 2045, and for generations before in history when attorneys openly or publicly challenged or criticized the rulings of judges, the decisions of juries or otherwise became rogue, the default position- the legal leash- their loyalty and oath to the law as officers led to their legal beheading- disbarment- the loss of their licenses to practice law. Disbarred lawyers were forced into a dark chamber of shame without recognition of their prior contributions to the profession, to linger for the remainder of their lives and forgotten economically and socially by other lawyers.
Lesser sanctions were sometimes invoked against the red meat high-risk lawyers; those who attacked long-established jurisprudence and legal lords but stayed within the lines. The penalties included being held in contempt or publicly reprimanded by attorney governance commissions staining the attorney’s professional record. When a lawyer was found in contempt by a single judge, state or federal; it actually closed the door for her to be admitted as an attorney in other states or courts.
Judges also sought to tame maverick lawyers by the awarding of fees and costs against them for the slightest transgressions.
Due to the chilling effect of disbarments and the overarching rules of professional responsibility, attorneys became the rubber stamps for the ratchet American legal system of 2045, where profits and order over people were the practical social frameworks of justice.
The leaders of the bar – the authorized flamethrowers magically appeared and routinely rationalize in the media why a jury or judge reached a baffling verdict or decision, which they alleged was consistent with principles of law. Their affirming statements regularly left members of the public with a feeling of smallness, while shaking and scratching their heads based on their common sense and desire for fair play. The lawyers did not divulge to the public during their commentaries that they were prevented from openly criticizing the results.
Just as in professional sports, if attorneys blasted the officials, the lords; they suffered
economic and professional sanctions, including being kicked out of the game. When the
match is not being judged fairly, can you expect those who are calling the contest to change their
conduct? Unless the victims confront them in a forum where they can appeal to the masses, the
common man? Dart thought.
“To be impartial… is indeed to have taken sides already… with the status quo,” he reflected
on the quote of Desmond Tutu.
The populace had become increasingly discontent in an advancing technology-based society, with the weak justice system and the millions of lawyers they once joked were now tolerated, with disdain growing each day for the profession.
Despite the public suspicion, occupying the White House had become a trophy for lawyers and the American Presidency was passed through a revolving door from one lawyer to another, who when elected worked to reshape and in effect perpetuated an unfair legal system in step with their narrow thinking and agenda driven appointments to the federal courts. In 2016, 23 of 43 Presidents had been lawyers, and 3 additional attorneys had been elected to the highest public office in the United States of America by 2045.
No generation trusted that the constitutional scheme would administer justice in 2045. There were continuous social confrontations between cultural, racial and belief groups on Americans streets, as the preferred forum where society could be altered and legal wrongs addressed, as the justice system and lawyers had failed society.
Raw hate, racism, colorism, sexism, and classism were as prevalent in the American society as dropped leaves in the fall in cities and the rural areas across the country. The dead and useless foliage blew across neighborhoods from yard to yard until an individual picked up a rake or blower and residents joined in a concerted effort to rid the space of the debris- to stop the unwanted transfer from location to location. Few neighbors were willing to lift a rake as a courageous leader in 2045.
Justinian was prepared to initiate the symbolic raking- to serve as a catalyst for public confrontation, condemnation, and change; to put it to the legal system.
The killing of unarmed black men by law enforcement officers had swept the flames of social upheaval beginning in 2014, and this alarming trend had continued for decades sowing the seeds of racial unrest in the American society. In 2014, there was not one black attorney in Ferguson, Missouri, where significant social discord had occurred.
Standard payments by cities across America for the senseless killing of a black, usually male, by law enforcement from 2012 until 2020 was 6 million dollars, regardless of the age of the victim and the number of children that the casualty was responsible for supporting. In 2016, a white female was paid 20 million dollars to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.
For over 29 years, the American legal system had been resting on a powder keg and widely and openly criticized as being “rigged” or “potluck justice, Justinian considered as he sat in the wood chair outside of the ballroom.
The American system of justice was on the verge of collapse. No ironclad solutions had been offered by the recognized leaders in the law to transform the scheme as the society bordered on Armageddon mired in class, race, and cause struggles.
Justinian was primed to openly spark the mission which he had prepared for throughout his career as a lawyer- to represent the legal profession against itself- to render the old system obsolete- as a personal and societal cause, and based on an engagement for his clients.
Tonight, he would address his first agenda item by emotionally and strategically attacking the American civil and criminal system for its crudeness and discriminatory racial practices causing disastrous results. As an additive, at the meeting, based on the requests of the organizers, he would educate the audience as to the keys to his success in life and the law.
His primary mission would be to further the process, previously covert, of turning the American legal profession on its head. A frontal attack pitting status quo lawyers and entrenched legal lords, against aggressive sensational revolutionary lawyers he would guide publicly, in winners- take- all legal clashes - A War of the Lawyers.
He knew none of the parties would willingly capitulate in this showdown.
The legal operation led by Justinian Closer’s independent legal and technology experts would be the most ambitious project- the greatest cause- undertaken by a group of lawyers and engineers- cyber warriors, in the social history of the United States of America. The toughest fights ever waged on the American legal battlefield.
Ministers in the past had primarily carried the sword for the advancement of blacks in the society.
Justinian recognized only lawyers could effectively hold other legal agents accountable, as the principles had evolved to the point where average citizens could not use self-help and expect an efficient and sustainable result when challenging the lawyers, they depended on- a conundrum.
Primarily outlaws would dismiss the inexperienced individuals in the law if they elected to defy them as children in an elementary classroom are told to wait patiently until all students are assembled to be escorted to the playground to be monitored by the teachers or caretakers.
The children had no control, and the public had no significant control over lawyers.
Justinian expected his provocative friends who were lawyers, who unashamedly fact-checked his conversations with them would throw shade for a period, to protect their social status based on the criticisms and activities he would visibly launch tonight.
He would oblige these acquaintances by permitting them to scatter, as he did not desire to witness the acute agony on their faces when he requested they back up their malingering thoughts and spoken complaints about the legal profession at their usual social watering holes, including happy hours and coffee meetings, with words and actions. He knew they were “cautious and careful people,” afraid, did not trust in themselves, and therefore they could not believe in him.
Justinian predicted he would lose legal battles, but he did not plan to lose the war between the lawyers “more likely than not,” as he had planned well and appreciated the statement of General Patton, who had a healthy ego, made during World War II. He said, “the object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.”
Dart anticipated he would be temporarily booed and disowned, by many, if not most in the legal community and the power moguls- in the larger society; as a struggling sports superstar receives unjustified criticism by society, but in the end, Justinian reasoned he would seize victory. He had prepared for the insidious public condemnation which would probably last for years. He recalled the quote of Friedrich Nietzsche who wrote, “the surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in highest esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”
Justinian believed he would make good on his promise to himself to abort or radically change the system by spearheading strong, decisive intellectual attacks. Recruiting lawyers and engineers would be a linchpin to his success.
He knew winning was a cure to most criticisms mounted against an individual or a movement in American or human history.
As Winston Churchill said, “History is written by the winners.”
Dart reviewed these words daily on his communication device and in considering the quote repeatedly had developed a healthy skepticism of the commonly accepted history of the United States of America. He admitted that to win the war that he would be required to attack the country’s recasting of history for profit and gain.
“Time to play or just walk away,” Justinian whispered after 10 minutes of reflective thought.
He unwrapped a rare toy top from a soft cloth. He had placed the colorful stone in his dinner jacket before leaving his office. It was a comfort item he used to reduce stress and anxiety and had been given to him days earlier by his brother.
While seated, he snapped and released the string centered on the top, from a position of his waist level. The top, a rainbow moonstone, which he had launched into flight, moved through the air as a swirling tornado and hit the wood floor with a pop.
The stone turned with flawless precision. As it spun, a consistent whizzing sound sprang from it and filled the hallway.
Justinian stood slowly awakening his arthritic joints. He placed a brightly colored gift box, which he was holding, on the wood chair where he had been sitting.
Immobile, he smiled as he enjoyed the speedy rotations- the engineering marvel- the
perfectly balanced toy top- the iridescent beauty was rare.
“Sir, you may now re-enter,” a male said with a sprinkling of surprise in his voice, which
broke the verbal silence, as the ballroom doors squeaked.
The man wearing a ceremonial red beany hat, who was prematurely graying began observing
He was the statewide practitioner’s bar association’s ceremonial sergeant at arms. He was extra and present to give the link a look of unnecessary formality. A hotel employee could have performed the task of manning the door.
The VSP did not hold itself out to the public as a deliberative body or advocacy group and was officially stated to be a non-profit organization to avoid the payment of income taxes. The fellowship was in effect a powerful monopolistic club whose intent was to spread the “you can be disbarred, shamed, not admitted to the bar or not ascend to the bench,” fear “messaging” like sludge to attorneys and want-to-be lawyers across the State of Virginia.
The organization controlled the professional and personal conduct of all practicing lawyers, 24 hours a day, seven days a week; those seeking admission to the Virginia bar and applicants who desired an appointment to judgeships in the State of Virginia.
Judges were not elected by the citizens or appointed by the Governor of the state but were a coup of the state legislature and selected by these politicians. Therefore, the judicial appointments in Virginia were all political, and the bar association owned many of the votes of members of the legislature.
Justinian could overhear the final words of a minister echoing in the background from a speaker at the podium to bowed heads, as he peered into the ballroom through the open doors.
He recognized the voice as he had attempted to prosecute the clergyman decades earlier for stealing from his congregation’s petty cash. After the grand jury indictment, the minister quietly agreed to diversion before his arraignment to keep his conduct out of the public record. The charges were dismissed. Such removals were not uncommon for high profile individuals accused of theft or embezzlement.
The sergeant slightly obstructed his view into the room.
“Dear God. Please permit us to protect our clients and our interests ably,” the prayer concluded solemnly, followed by agreeing on nods and the word “Amen,” sporadically voiced among the audience. Many of those in attendance appeared to be agnostic and did not react to the affirmations.
There was an abundance of friendly smiles on the faces of the attendees after the prayer was concluded. Eyes which had remained shut during the invocation were rapidly reopening.
An individual should not keep their eyes closed long in a room overflowing with lawyers, especially among outlaws, Justinian thought naughty and smiled.
“Not the best time to create a new lawyer joke,” he muttered.
Justinian appreciated from his previous conversations with many of the lawyers in the audience that they inexorably believed they were blessed to attend the dinner and to engage in a vocation as economically promising and controlling of the society as the law. Many of those in attendance had expressed to Justinian their opinion of a wise and caring God selecting them to become lawyers- to salt or pepper the globe with their words and ideas.
As Dart surveyed the grinning faces pregnant with airs of self-importance, he recalled a quote by John Adams in which he had said, “Power always thinks... that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.”
While taking into consideration the audience members, the preamble of the United States Constitution raced through his mind. The words, just as he had reviewed the citations, which were powerful or dangerous for those who were not the deemed beneficiaries of the Constitution, streamed from the communication device onto the mat generated by his thinking. The app was a customized feature of his device. He was one of a few people in the world who had access to control a sophisticated electronic device by brain waves.
Justinian appraised the words as he had done hundreds of times in the past. “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Justinian considered why “Justice,” a watchful protector of those who were privileged in 1787, as defined by 40 subscribing white men to the American Constitution, based on self-interested thinking, could not be changed as currently structured or if necessary aborted. This innovative approach would more appropriately govern a more complex and diverse society in 2045.
Not unexpected to him, Justinian’s research revealed 30 of the signers of the Constitution; none of whom were viewed as anarchists, were lawyers or had studied law. Many of these legally trained white men were educated at prestigious institutions, including those located in the Ivy League which at the time was closed to blacks, women, and Native Americans.
It was 57 years after the signing of the Constitution before the first black lawyer; Macon Bolling Allen was licensed to practice law in 1844. The first woman lawyer, Arabella Mansfield was admitted to the bar in 1869, 23 years after Allen’s admission. The first Native American, John Rollin Ridge gained entry in 1854, ten years after Allen’s entry.
Dart considered the Constitution was adopted without consideration of the human rights of blacks. They were a property interest as confirmed by the Dred Scott Decision of the United States Supreme Court in which Chief Justice Roger Taney in 1857 wrote, “We think [people of African ancestry] are not, and they are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the words, “citizens” in the constitution, and can, therefore, claim none of the rights and privileges which that instrument provides for and secures to Citizens of the United States. They had for more than a century before been regarded as being of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations and so far, inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect…”
To further dehumanized blacks, adding insult to injury earlier in the 1840 US census, the government had officially counted many of the free blacks in the North as mentally ill. All the blacks in some towns were counted as “insane.”
Also, this country- the self-asserted leader of the world for generations for democracy, founded on asserted freedom and fairness delayed until 1865 the abolishment of slavery with the ratification of the 13th amendment, 32 years after slavery was eliminated in England, Justinian thought.
He questioned whether the millions who were bound by the Constitution throughout American history appreciated “Justice” was established by a small group of white men who were wealthy and influential and desired to control future generations. The Constitution had been drafted and signed by these asserted founding fathers for their use and the benefits of their succeeding generations, as the wording explicitly stated the document was to be for their “Posterity.” The text had worked best for their descendants. The Constitution had accepted slavery in America to receive approval, “insuring domestic tranquility,” Justinian considered.
He pondered why the current system of “Justice” established over 258 years ago, by alleged precocious legal minds could not be remediated by the will of a grass root group of lawyers and citizens not elected to political offices in another constitutional convention.
Average Latin American constitutions are replaced 16.5 years, and in Western Europe constitutions had an average lifespan of 77 years. The United Kingdom and Canada do not have one constitutional document, Justinian thought.
He considered the comments of the first President who identified himself as black. He was, in fact, biracial. He urged during his first inaugural speech, “We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.”
Justinian questioned if the truth had been overlooked as “that instrument” did not include blacks in the language, “We the People.” Further, he considered the additional inaccurate words the President had spoken, “Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man.”
Dart speculated why the President, a lawyer would utter these apocryphal words when the context was historically inaccurate- a forest. Was he attempting to offer a panacea to those who had suffered and continued to experience great social and economic difficulties who perceived him as the “hope” for obtaining and establishing permanent equality?
Had the President selected the words as a political attorney because he sought the hyperbole of an allegedly shared democracy from its’ creation for all attendees to make the inaugural moment momentous? Perhaps, the words were those of his speechwriters who were selective of or ignorant of the history of America and the backgrounds of the founders.
Many politicians now unashamedly delivered the words of their speechwriters as their own to reduce the anxiety of impending change or to present situational truth, Justinian thought.
Dart appreciated as a litigator- a lawyer who had spent over half of his career working before juries in a courtroom that had the President uttered the same statements in a court of law; the assertions would have been soundly contested as untrue and at best ruled by a traffic court judge as aspirational.
At the time of the President’s speech an overwhelming number of informed blacks in America, including some of the 4.5 million who held earned college degrees in 2008, did not view those who had enslaved their ancestors as their founding fathers. Their plight could not be recast as immigration to America.
Justinian considered why the Constitution did not contain the wording of the Declaration of Independence of 1776. The document declared in part, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
He continued to reason. The Constitution was adopted in 1789, only 12 years after the Declaration of Independence and the objective of the country had changed. The language of, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” could not have been included in the American Constitution, especially given the goal to preserve slavery. The document was grounded in political expediency. Clearly, had these words been stated verbatim in the Constitution, it would have been the duty of the people to overthrow their government which embraced slavery, Justinian thought pragmatic as a lawyer.
Only six individuals had signed both documents. Thomas Jefferson of Virginia who had authored the Declaration of Independence was in England at the time the Constitution was approved. Was there a reason he did not make a voyage home for the signing or add his name? Perhaps, Jefferson did not want history to judge him harshly.
Jefferson, a historical icon, and racist won in this respect, Justinian opined.
The third President, is remembered fondly as being the author of the Declaration of Independence and as standing steadfast against injustice by the wording, “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man,” which is etched in stone in his memorial on the Washington Mall. He undoubtedly knew the American Constitution was not based on equality. The backstory evidenced the document asserted control not only over minds; but over the bodies of blacks, Justinian considered.
The 44th President who identified himself as black was not incorrect concerning his personal heritage. His mother was white and from Kansas. His father was black and from Kenya. His direct bloodline had never been victimized by American slavery. Therefore, the President could claim the founders, he thought. `
Justinian expected calculative lawyers could be organized publicly who could transport “American Justice” beyond continuing studies which affirmed the American system of justice was broke. These lawyers, legal operatives could abort or radically change the arrangement which had unjustifiably cheapened and continued to exploit the lives of millions under the existing Constitution. The actions were essential to investigate the location crime, the wicked deeds of slavery; including recognizing and identifying incidents of the rape of black women by the founding fathers and their neighbors, most of whom were slave owners.
There could be no healing until there was social and economic accountability. Holding the country responsible was not a black cause or conversation, but an American cause and discussion. The charge and complaint of racism against America should not just be dropped as many Americans now claim to establish a “color blind” society. Why would such a result be appropriate as a legal position when there were substantial damages in the past, losses are occurring presently, and harm will continue in the future to millions of people? Justinian thought.
“I am on the case. Clear liability and reparations are off the chart, and I will not permit the claims to be kicked to the curb. Billions of dollars in undeniable damages. I will publicly mobilize the lawyers necessary and marry them intellectually with engineers. We will be the intelligent agency for blacks to uncover the truth, outline the case, assemble the damages, and change or abort the system so that a forum will be present for a just hearing and recovery. I had no choice, but to take the case. It is the right thing to do,” he mumbled.
These change or revolutionary lawyers could represent a fair cross section of the cultural and economic diversity of Americans; not only wealthy white men, in redefining, “We the People.” The individuals who drafted the Constitution had little or no concern for equal justice being administered to anyone other than white males. Were they not cognizant of their wives and daughters’ desire to vote or the rights of the slaves to be free?
The constitution was a debacle, a historical fraud, as it did not include all members of the society under the umbrella of “We the People.”
Was “Justice” frozen in time or did the founding fathers of a few, simply wish it to be
so? Times were different, Dart reasoned.
How powerful! Justinian considered the simple document was loaded with concepts that were arbitrary, but forthright from a legal perspective while hiding the truth when desired. Those assembled, primarily lawyers authored the Constitution, which Americans had been and were bound to defend or suffer death. “That instrument” has lasted virtually unchanged for over 250 years.
Were these some of the best or worst lawyers in American history? Were the founders’ efforts in constructing the selective wording of the Constitution, the seminal example, the foremost document in American history, which exercised the power of control over men’s minds? Did they perceive the law as a license to steal? Indeed, by design, the founders had taken and schemed to take the labor and undermined the self-worth of blacks for eternity. The authors were incredibly smart and deceptive; Justinian thought based on the viability of their sustained work and using the clinical legal analysis he had gained starting in law school. The document had created a lock on most Americans’ thinking and been changed only once in generations.
Many of the signers of the document could have been convicted of crimes against humanity, in England, another country, or in the country they were forming. John Hancock, the first signer of the American Constitution, was a notorious wine smuggler, a drunk, Justinian considered in frightening reflective assessment.
Why had history judged them so favorably? Dart pondered and did not have a definitive answer. However, he reflected again on Churchill’s statement, “winners write the history,” or those of Adolf Hitler, a thug, in which he stated, “The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.”
Justinian considered George Washington, who owned slaves for 56 years of his life and 319 human beings at the time of his death at 67, was known by his neighbors to whip his slaves and to hold them under the harshest of conditions. Historical accounts revealed all field slaves were beaten at least once.
Washington, perhaps based on his malfeasance, was not convinced the American Constitution would endure and appreciated it could be altered. He stated, “the basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.”
Justinian believed he had an obligation as an individual and as a lawyer to alter the state and uproot the entrenched system of racial bigotry in the United States of America. He realized that the racist framework had been created by white lawyers in America. Now, he as a lawyer, who was black, would seek to change the startling results, which evidenced a continuing crime against humanity. He would be required to walk outside of the guidelines for the conduct of lawyers, which protected the racist system.
He guessed Washington would not have believed it would have required generations to change the document. Justinian had researched the Twenty-Seventh Amendment, the last amendment to the United States was submitted to the Congress in September 1789, which did not become law until May 7, 1992, a record-setting ratification period of 202 years, 12 months and 12 days. The last amendment passed prohibited any law that increased or decreased the salary of members of from taking effect until the start of the next set of terms of office for the representatives.
“So, simple and passed at breathtaking speed,” Dart said and laughed cynically.
“History is weighted against an individual seeking to change society in a revolutionary fashion in one lifetime, but under the right circumstances, it could occur,” Justinian remarked softly.
He habitually found himself engaged in questions and answers sessions before delivering a jury argument or speech.
He stared in the direction of the wood banquet doors, which were still ajar.
By temporarily closing the doors to the banquet room earlier, the sergeant had not previously permitted Justinian who would be the first invited “Golden Years at the Bar” speaker to enter. The room had been shut for a few minutes, except for the admission of Justice Cousins and the federal agents, at the bar association gathering while several hundred lawyers and their guests engaged in the traditional devotional dinner prayer. To some, the prayer was ceremonial, instead of religious practice, but it remained an important tradition of the VSP.
“I am ready,” Dart said calmly in physical and emotional response to the invitation of the man in his mid-thirties to enter. He considered which words he would utilize during the speech to connect with the generations present in the room, as he watched the top.
He adjusted and polished the wording in his mind.
The caller now standing with one foot in the hallway continued to divert his eyes and voice from Justinian’s face, as he peered at the circling top on the floor. He appeared to be captivated by the rotations of the top.
The sergeant at arms was not a neophyte and had been an associate at an international firm in the litigation department for over ten years. He was given the nickname “Splinter” by courthouse watchers, as the partners whose briefcases he rolled to the defense table had not permitted him to speak a word during a court session. The partners would walk in front of the chair in which he was sitting during hearings, as a coach walking along the bench in a professional basketball game attempting to decide on which player to select to enter the game to relieve another player. They would stare at Splinter, shake their head, not make a request of him and continue with the next task.
Splinter was looking forward to the day when he would be permitted to ask insignificant witness questions during a trial.
A court watcher had commented loudly during a hearing that the lawyer must have splinters in his rear from the years he had sat on wood chairs or benches watching others speak in the courtroom. Splinter was delegated to silence and introduced to the judge and jury in the public hearings by the partners at the law firm’s Earl office where he toiled.
He sat dutifully and bashfully attentive at tens of hearings and trials behind the firm’s top trial lawyers, without an audible grunt. His face communicated to those in the courtroom that he wanted to be placed in the game; given a speaking role inside of the courtroom. However, his wish had not been accommodated in over a decade. It was widely rumored Splinter was teetering on leaving the firm and the legal profession. He was licensed to practice law in 11 states, and he told others that he took the bar examinations out of intellectual boredom.
Splinter was habitually abused by the partner at the firm who assigned him the most work to perform for his clients. The grayed partner realizing Splinter needed him to survive at the company would intentionally step on his foot when it was accessible to him or when he was in a foul mood he would openly smack Splinter in the back of his head. The bullying never stopped, and Splinter wanted to complain but knew it would be a death sentence for his career at the firm because most of the partners had witnessed the abuse and had not attempted to stop it.
Splinter did not know when an assault would occur and was relieved when the partner was out of town on business or had taken a vacation. He gladly accepted the responsibility of caring for the partner’s dog when he was on an excursion. Splinter and the dog bowed their heads when the partner assaulted them verbally.
A graying janitor clothed in stylish denim overalls, no swag, which was traditionally
the dress of a male of a younger generation was polishing the wood floor down the hallway. He unplugged a buffer, as he viewed Justinian and the sergeant observing the top spinning.
He strolled and joined them.
After 20 seconds the top begin to wobble.
Justinian smiled as the trio’s eyes met and seemingly they visually agreed it would tumble to the wood. A few seconds later, he lifted the toy top from the floor to avoid the undesired result.
He carefully rewrapped the top in a soft cloth.
With his wing-tipped shoe, Justinian rubbed the pin size circular indent in the wood which was created by the top spinning on the waxed floor. He picked up the gift box.
He thumbed his chest as he had done since his youth and pushed the door open wide and
walked purposefully, spine erect into the meeting room.
Earlier, he had left the room before the prayer for a bathroom break to reenter the chamber with all eyes on him.
Dart walked slowly and boldly to the podium.
He strolled while thinking; excellent lawyers stage most things in their professional lives. Great lawyers phase everything in their professional and private lives.
“Now, for my opening statement,” Dart whispered to the sergeant at arms who moved with him in step, as they both paced toward the podium.
“Just as was necessary with Hiroo Onoda, the Japanese soldier who continued to hide in the jungle and fight World War II for 29 years after it was over, I now must convince these outlaws, gunslingers, to lay down their outdated legal arms- their fear, greed, education, training, experience and natural responses in the protection of themselves and their clients. If they change, the other lawyers will follow as Lemmings.”
“I must expose myself to grab their attention. At this moment, mentally, I am as an individual who is gripping a 500 feet ice ledge with two fingers.”
He continued, “If given the choice Splinter, I would have more readily accepted the task of persuading a jittery Onoda to lay down his loaded gun than try to have a lasting effect on the mental framework of lawyers. If only the legal profession would push down and turn. I must force the issues. Either I am right, or I am losing my mind. Time will tell. ”
The sergeant listened seemingly engaged, as though the words Justinian was speaking were for his ears only.
Dart appreciated Splinter’s attentiveness and facial expression of support, but he
did not consider him trustworthy. He thought Splinter was loyal only to the option which best
met his immediate needs. The abuse he had experienced at the law firm had warped his
sense of self.
“I agree,” the sergeant at arm said toady, his words betraying his changing facial expression,
in response to Justinian’s statements. “YOLO,” he added oddly and ended the moment with a
haze of consternation still spreading across his face.
Dart thought Splinter appreciated that his speech would be unusual and precedent-setting at
the VSP Annual Banquet.
Justinian smiled. His brain waves instructed the communication device to play an alto
sax of the famous hit, “The Wanted- Glad You Came.”
He currently evaluated the sergeant at arms as a conformist and estimated he would reveal the proclamations he had made to him on the drop of a dime if it were ever in his best interest to compromise him. Justinian hoped to ensure it was in Splinter’s paramount interest to assist in the beat down of the lawyers who had controlled him- to give him an opportunity to sting them.
In the individuals, he met, there was the possibility in the future to have him serve his interests, Justinian thought. There also existed the leeway for a person to concoct a ridiculous account of the encounter and be a conduit for an assiduous demise of him. His considerations were gender neutral regarding the acts and omissions of lawyers, although women were less than one-third of the profession.
Individuals were a two-headed coin- pure and straightforward, Justinian considered.
Justinian tendered the box to the sergeant at arms, which had previously been resting on the chair where he had been sitting. The sergeant grinned and nodded his head slightly to express appreciation.
Who are the most visible people in the world? Justinian considered briefly.
Talkers, he thought.
Who are the most relevant people in world history? He reasoned in tranquility for a
few seconds and responded mentally, Doers.
Who are the most dangerous people in the world or world history? He observed,
Who are the richest lawyers in America? He considered, Rainmakers.
It was now the point in time for Justinian to speak.
A talker. A doer. A schemer. A rainmaker.
He would reference his race sparingly during his speech. A dash would be enough near the beginning. Justinian realized when speaking of race, a hot button issue in America; that not one word could be off the mark or some of the audience members would be turned off immediately and likely be irreparably offended. It is hard to influence people who are insulted, and competent lawyers avoided this result.
Justinian did not want the night to end badly by him butting heads with the audience. However, he agreed with the world’s foremost scientist in the 20th century who was outspoken and identified racism as America’s worst disease. Einstein refused to be “quiet about it.”
Despite, the risk Dart could not and would not pander to the audience or palliate them. Such putrid conduct had resulted in the country reaching the brink of social disaster.
He was a gunslinger. Being such, there was no reason for him to back down and view himself as an intellectual coward. Speak or conceal, he thought. I will speak.
He recalled the words of Shakespeare in Julius Caesar, “A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once.”
When a lawyer fails to speak or bring forth the truth, is he or she not already dead? He contemplated.
Justinian pondered how the overall attendance would react to peering inside of a lawyer’s head. One who spoke straight without excuse and could not be easily misunderstood.
His uncensored thinking and processing- his radical views regarding the legal profession and the American system of civil and criminal “Justice,” within seconds would be placed on the stage by the utterance of his bold statements for all to hear.
For many, perhaps it would be their first opportunity to listen to a technology savvy, wealthy, secure black man, not outwardly fueled by emotions, a lawyer, give his candid assessment of the American legal profession, the justice system and his view of society.
Dart realized that the days in which his team could act effectively to change the framework of American thought and behavior were numbered. Discoveries which permitted scientist to modify the DNA of humans by genetic editing would soon be commonly available to the wealthy and powerful to produce designer babies to control the society.
“It is now or never for blacks to gain equality,” he thought.
Justinian expected Crystal Blood, his former law professor, and confidant would be present in the audience to witness his speech. She had been the one woman in his life who had continued to remain in his thoughts from the day he had met her, although they had never shared a romantic relationship. She flipped a light switch on in his emotional heart when he was in her presence.
What if the audience listened?
If they ignored him, it would be necessary for his team to force feed them? Justinian thought.
He arrived at the podium and stood 6"3, cocoa, and unafraid. The sax music stopped, and he could hear two divas exchanging strains singing the first verse of, “Rolling in the Deep,” in his ear.
He remained motionless and enjoyed the recitation. “Run into every open door…Turn sorrow into private gold,” they sang.
Dart sensed the fire in his heart while being bathed outwardly in a period of tranquility.
The music died on his communication device.
Justinian listened to instrumentals primarily because he grew tired of the words repeated in music. He wished the lyrics of popular songs were more advanced than the vocabulary of 3rd graders or 300 words.
Shakespeare has been credited with creating over 1400 original words and using over 31,000 words, Justinian thought. “What caused Americans to become so uninvolved with the use of English?” He mumbled.
Justinian sneezed and stated, “Bless me.” It was a clue to the audience of things to
He would make the case and offer proof supporting the truth of his assertions, direct evidence, including anecdotal sprinklings from his life story. Justinian would agitate his colleagues under his presumed first amendment right to the United States Constitution to engage in “free speech,” as an individual and as an advocate.
“Yes, Judge. I will never give up, and they will never bring me down,” he executed
the idea and conveyed the message via his communication device.
The legal riddle can be solved. The official orderliness must be aborted, stare decisis
eliminated when based on underlying racist concepts, the masses impregnated with knowledge,
and justice rebirthed. He outlined his goals in his thoughts.
Dart considered the words of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, “I think that we should be
eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe and believe
to be fraught with death, unless they so imminently threaten immediate interference with the
lawful and pressing purposes of the law that an immediate check is required to save the country.”
Justinian placed the back of his fist across his mouth as if he was prepared to cough and
planted a gentle kiss.
Ready, he thought. He considered the lyric of Eminem, “I am not afraid to take a stand...
I’m manning up, Imma hold my ground.”
Dart, a hired gunslinger, an English linguist waited for a few seconds at the podium to begin speaking hard-hitting accosting, stark words - word art, as a mouthpiece for his nation, his profession, and his clients. He would base his comments on relevant evidence and a personal commitment to avoid empty promises, without accepting the polished excuses Darrow offered to his jury for their unjustified deeply held prejudices.
The time was 7:01 p.m. Currently, his inner legal team was less than 20, and there were 3
million lawyers in America. Dart liked the odds in the uphill battle. They would win if they took
effective mental head shots. Gandhi started his salt march to protest taxes with 78. Millions
joined the protest, and they did not have modern technology or artificial intelligence, Dart
He recalled two of Gandhi’s quotes.
“One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against
the heaviest odds.”
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
Justinian looked in the audience of approximately 1500 individuals and thought, God, give
us the strength to do the improbable, to achieve the unthinkable.
He felt secure, and he did not believe in luck.
“Mr. Closer, you may address the audience,” the master of ceremony said with euphoria
and took a seat in a thin steel folding chair to his right.
The ballroom was now Justinian’s stage as a gunslinger. He loaded his revolver with truth
and would present the obvious, concede the undeniable, confront those in power, and lock in the
audience’s emotional luggage as everyone present had engaged in, benefited from, remained
silent in the face of or been harmed by racial prejudice.
“Best case. Put on your best case,” he mumbled.