Serving a Purpose

Judges are more likely to terminate a probation early if they are convinced that the probation has served its purpose which is to ensure that the wrongful behavior will never happen again. Demonstrate you have learned your lesson by stating how your life has been changed for the better because of the probation experience. Point out how you have been extra diligent on completing the terms of your probation and point out how there have been no problems.

Thomas Jefferson famously wrote “In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.”

George R.R. Martin wrote “When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say”.

The words of roman philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero, “when you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff”.

In Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire says ““Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people–they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.”

Terry Pratchet once remarked “authority that can not be questioned is tyranny”.

The Oxford English dictionary defines a tyrant as “any person in a position of authority who exercises power oppressively or despotically”.

William Lloyd Garrison said “With reasonable men I will reason; with humane men I will plea; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.“.

…so ripe with misinformation and rhetoric, may you somehow manage to find the truth. In closing, some words of wisdom:
“If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.”
Emile Zola

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