This week I attended the funeral of a friend who was a Federal Prosecutor. From my guess there were at least 700 people in attendance to say goodbye, law enforcement, defense attorney’s, judges, friends and family. I first met my departed friend when I worked as an Assistant Solicitor (Assistant District Attorney in most other states) in the Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office here in Charleston, South Carolina. He was already a Federal Prosecutor by that time but had served in the same office as I had in the past. I was part of a joint task force that coordinated with the United States Attorney’s office in combatting gun crimes in the area. He was always level headed and never seemed to get flustered or frustrated when dealing with opposing counsel.
To often we become self-absorbed in our busy schedules worrying about upcoming court appearances, getting ready for trial, trying to find a defense when there seems no room for a defense at all. One of the things that often gets lost in this adversarial system that we operate in is to stop and think about those we have in our lives, even the ones we butt heads with from time-to-time. Following the funeral, I heard many stories from colleagues who talked about the respect they had for my friend and how he conducted himself as a prosecutor and advocate. I’m saddened that he will not be around. Yet I’m also grateful to have known and worked with him, in my limited capacity, as I hope to have the integrity he showed at all times as I forge ahead in my career.
ACB – May you rest in peace.