The theft of time and an apology

I love James Lee Burke’s novels. If you haven’t read him, you are much the poorer for it. He understands writing. I would sell my soul to have his way with words. In one of his novels, Burke said something that particularly resonates with me now: “And like most middle-aged people who hear the clock ticking in their lives, I had come to resent a waste or theft of my time that was greater than any theft of my goods or money.” James Lee Burke, Heaven’s Prisoner’s, p. 218 (1988).

I am pressed for time. Three civil trials are impending in the next two months. One will take me out-of-state. Two are very high-profile. All three are hard. The criminal cases keep marching at me like animated toy soldiers in lock step.

So, here is the apology: Due to the theft of my time by my day job, I am falling behind in responding to readers’ comments on this blog or e-mail correspondence sent to me via this blog’s address. I know I am failing in this regard. For a while, at least, I will continue to be deficient.  I am sorry. Bear with me, please.


8 responses

  1. Dear MJ,

    You are a very twisted person. You are also a very funny person. Both characteristics make you a perfect partner at an AM 100 law firm. Keep billing, my friend.

    All the best.


  2. Just based on the comments section alone, I think you make a Herculean effort, no pun intended, to respond and engage, much beyond most law bloggers. Doesn’t seem like “failing” to me.

  3. Judge Kopf – I am sure the readers of your blog appreciate very much your efforts at responding to the thoughts of your readers. You certainly have our understanding that you have important responsibilities in your day job. By the way, it seems that the concern expressed by some about a lack of civil trials may be alleviated, at least for a while. Elaine Mittleman

  4. Great reference. Burke has mastered the art of detective novel and high quality literature. Haven’t found anyone else that can do both.

    I enjoy your blog. I spend an inordinate amount of time in front of federal judges. This blog is an interesting insight into the part of the system I spend a good deal of time wondering about. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your world….

  5. Josh,

    I appreciate your kind remarks. I hope more folks read Burke. Once they do, they will be hooked. His writing is breathtaking and his insights into people, particularly people in the criminal justice system, are worth the price of the books. All the best.


  6. Judge, I think the only ones who are going to get upset over your letting your day job get in the way of your priorities are those 5% who are only a small amount of people.

    For mysteries involving a different perspective on the justice system, I recommend Tony Hillerman.

    Eric Hines

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