Judge Sy Goldberg

Judge Sy GoldbergWhen I was alive,
I would
sit on the bench, listen to the
petitioners in
front of
me, and I prided myself on
being fair, treating
the poor
the same as the wealthy. But now,
buried here, I can
listen
to the curses from the many
whom I sent here, I
can hear
what the prosecutors could keep
from the record, I
can see
the truth. The poor were not equal
at my bar. The field
tilted
from the start. The fairness that I
prided myself on
was just
the self-reinforcing bias
of a system built
to crush.
I should have been their advocate.
Instead I handed
the axe
to the headsman. I sent Lukasz
Harding to Death Row.
But I
was a hundred times more guilty.

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