Accidentally, I used a saying that has caught on among some of the readers of this blog. It is: “Some things are more important than others.” This is one of those posts.
Elaine Mittleman is an experienced and highly regarded lawyer who does a lot of federal criminal work. Some of you may recall her important guest post on this blog regarding plea bargaining, Missouri v. Frye, 566 U.S. __, 132 S.Ct. 1399 (2012), and Lafler v. Cooper, 566 U.S. __, 132 S.Ct. 1376 (2012).
Recently, Elaine sent me a link to a television news story about the daughter of her cousin who lives in Indiana. Emily is on the honor roll. She is going into seventh grade. Her mom is a teacher. So far, pretty normal. But what happened to Emily recently, and the great bit of reporting that followed, rekindles my belief that some things are more important than others. I urge you to view the TV new report here about Emily, her beeping companion “Bernie,” and the wonderful hospital that is treating Emily while also providing a unique extra service.
Thanks, Elaine. And, to Emily, let me say: “You are smart, funny, pretty, tough and very brave. By the way, tell ‘Bernie’ to take a hike or I will throw him in the slammer!”