These are the Ramblings of a small town, (Holden, population 2,700), Missouri, country lawyer. They contain my random thoughts and observations on current events and my life and experiences in the Solo Practice of law.
Compiled here are the Ramblings for 2002 - 2006.

I have decided to finish my legal career serving the citizens of Johnson County, Missouri as their Associate Circuit Judge.  I ask for your support. 


Archived Prior Ramblings

In Memoriam:
September 11, 2001

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Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of September 1, 2006. BBC NEWS -- JonBenet suspect charges dropped. "A man arrested in Thailand and accused of killing US child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey will not be charged with the murder, prosecutors say. The case against John Mark Karr was dropped after forensic tests found that his DNA did not match that discovered at the scene of the crime."   Interesting  ...  Mr. Karr's attorney expressed his outrage, (on the evening news), that they brought his client back to Colorado to face charges, his client admitted and confessed to? So share with me ... would the general public, watching the statement made by Mr. Karr's attorney, have more respect for our system of justice? ... Or would they just shake their heads and think it just another example of a justice system out of control? Some lawyer trying to screw the system? Get rich? Really elevates our profession, doesn't it? What happened to our, (the legal profession's), sense of community? Respect for the system? Aren't prosecutors and defense counsel part of the same community? Aren't we brothers and sisters in the third branch of our government? All supposed to be interested in the same goal: the fair, unbiased, administration of justice? When did we substitute "justice" as the goal ... to "winning", at any cost? Just when did we allow "winning" to pervert our sense of community, into an "us" against "them" mentality, within this community? Don't know. But do know this: the general public no longer views us as Atticus Finch's, ("To Kill a Mocking Bird") .... defenders of our system of justice ... they view us as self serving, gold digging scavengers: "Trial Lawyers" ... while in the public eye, doctors remain "Marcus Welby's" ... while doctor's malpractice, kills 70,000 to 80,000 Americans per year. So how many persons did "Trial Lawyers" kill this past year?

We need to step back, rethink and regroup. Redefine how we define ourselves. Are we a profession ... or ... just another "service industry"? What defines "profession"?  "Classically,  there were only three professions: ministry, medicine, and law. These three professions each hold to a specific code of ethics, and members are almost universally required to swear some form of oath to uphold those ethics, therefore "professing" to a higher standard of accountability. Each of these professions also provides and requires extensive training in the meaning, value, and importance of its particular oath in the practice of that profession." So share with me ... what do we need to do ... to become a "profession" again? To have our fellow Americans view us as the guardians of our system .... instead of some caricature, spawned by "The Practice"?

And the winner of the understatement of the year award, Hassan Nasrallah, (Grand Pubah of Hamas): BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- Nasrallah: Soldiers' abductions a mistake. "Had Hezbollah known how Israel was going to respond, the group would not have captured two Israeli soldiers last month in northern Israel, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Sunday." Well, DUH!!! Dude! You didn't notice Israel's massive invasion of the Gaza when one of it's troops was kidnapped a month before a couple of your cretin commanders snatched the other two soldiers? And you won this skirmish? Like you operationally define winning, as your host countries infrastructure destroyed? ... and .... 1,000 of it's citizens killed, versus 159 Israelis? Sorta like buying 1,000, $1.00 lotto tickets to win a $25.00 prize ... isn't it? And today another sign of Hezbollah's victory:   DAMASCUS, Syria (CNN) -- Annan: Syria promises to impose arms embargo on Hezbollah. "U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Friday that Syria has pledged to step up border patrols and work with the Lebanese army to stop the flow of weapons to Hezbollah .... Syria will increase its own patrols along the Lebanon-Syria border, and establish joint patrols with the Lebanese army ... " Yup, a real win!!!

OTTAWA, Ontario (Reuters) -- Jetliner pilot locked out of cockpit after toilet break. "The pilot of a Canadian airliner who went to the washroom during a flight found himself locked out of the cockpit, forcing the crew to remove the door from its hinges to let him back in, the airline said on Wednesday." So ... just how easy is it to remove a cabin door from it's hinges? I thought after 9/11, the doors leading to the cockpit were reinforced? Can you picture what was going through the passengers minds ... watching the pilot of their plane banging on the cabin door ... trying to get back in? I wonder how many of them had to change their socks?

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) -- Polygamist's body language tipped off trooper. "A paper license tag, a salad and stories that didn't make sense pricked the suspicions of a state trooper who stopped the car of a wanted fugitive polygamist in Las Vegas. But it was the pumping carotid artery in the neck of Warren Steed Jeffs that convinced Nevada Highway Patrolman Eddie Dutchover that he had cornered someone big. "I knew some type of criminal activity was possibly afoot," Dutchover said after he stopped Jeffs with a brother and one of his wives in a new luxury SUV that had only a paper tag instead of a license plate." Hmmm ... so a pumping carotid artery and a paper license tag on a new luxury SUV is sufficient "probable cause" for a traffic stop? "I knew some type of criminal activity was possibly afoot," Dutchover said " .... based on what ... in a city where you see Elvis impersonators, half naked showgirls, gamblers and drunks stumbling around on the street and driving to and from work at the casinos ... like a paper tag on a vehicle and a nervous driver would trigger your suspicion?

SUCRE, Bolivia (AP) -- Inca language gets jumpstart on Microsoft. "You have to press "Qallariy" to begin. Pronounced "KAH-lyah-ree," the word replaces "Start" on Microsoft Windows' familiar taskbar in a new Quechua translation of the program, which gets its Bolivian debut Friday ... Some 2.6 million Bolivians -- nearly one third of the country -- speak the Incan language, and Morales sees empowering these people as his primary mission." Makes me wonder ... how do you say "Blue Screen of Death" in Queshua?

MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Rep. Harris: Church-state separation 'a lie'. "U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris told a religious journal that separation of church and state is "a lie" and God and the nation's founding fathers did not intend the country be "a nation of secular laws." .... Separation of church and state is "a lie we have been told," Harris said in the interview, published Thursday, saying separating religion and politics is "wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers."" So how many votes does God get in her election?

NEW YORK (AP) -- Judge grants restraining order for tiny abused dog. "A judge is this dog's best friend. Bebe, a 5-year-old bichon frise, a fluffy little white dog, was given an order of protection after a man was accused of beating him. Fredrick Fontanez, 20, was arraigned Thursday on a misdemeanor count of animal abuse and released on his own recognizance, but not before the judge told him to steer clear of Bebe. The protection order, the first for a dog in the state, was issued by Queens Criminal Court Judge Alex Zigman. It says Fontanez cannot come within a 100 yards of the dog and its owner, Derek Lopez." I wonder where a "dog beater" fits in, in the prison pecking order? Maybe we should have the "Flower Fund" send him a pussywillow bouquet?

I'm tired. Spent the day campaigning. Talked to a bunch of nice people and asked them for their vote. Susan and I were going to attend Holden's opening football game in Knob Noster but Susan got tied up on a "rescue mission". Seems there is this 14 year old seeing eye dog in Topeka, who couldn't see too well anymore ... her hearing is going and she is developing arthritis. The owner put her in a shelter ... but because she is 14 years old, no one would adopt her ... her time was up. Judy, the owner of 7 Bells Sanctuary agreed to adopt her. Susan went to Topeka with Judy to pick up "Darlene". This old dog will live out it's life loved and well taken care of. I have the Chillhowie Fair parade to walk in tomorrow at noon. But tonight, I have the evening off now and can spend it snuggling with Susan. I have so much to be grateful for, not the least of which .... having Susan to walk this life with me. I will say a prayer of thanks again ... and a prayer for the safe return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) .... <whispering> .... Please, Please, Please, God, let them come home safe and soon. Be and sleep well, the best there is, is on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize, that is not my intent. As always ....

A Warm Brotherly Hug

Karl (the dumb ole country lawyer, from Holden, Missouri)

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Karl H. Timmerman M.A. J.D. 2006
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