Thursday, January 7, 2010

Man of the Minute

That's life, that's what all the people say.
You're riding high in April,

Shot down in May
But I know I'm gonna change that tune,
When I'm back on top, back on top in June.

A week ago, they were ready to bestow knighthood upon Luzerne County Judge Chester Muroski.

Now?  It's a completely different story.

Let's back up for a moment.  Judge Muroski was left to clean up the mess left by those alleged criminals in black robes, Judges Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella.  Muroski was open, honest, and accessible.  He was faced with a nearly impossible task-- restore faith in the court system, and he did the best he could.

The other night, Muroski wrecked his car and took out a couple mail boxes along a slippery Route 115 in Bear Creek.  He admitted drinking beforehand, but not to excess.  Muroski had someone call police.  He left the scene, called police again, and sought medical attention on his own.  There was no blood alcohol test.

Muroski has not and will not be charged with drunk driving.

Because of the way this all came down, questions surrounding the incident remain.  Judge Muroski answered those questions satisfactorily, at least according the police.  The "court of public opinion" is something completely different.  Would you and I be afforded the same benefit of the doubt?  Unlikely.  Has Muroski earned the benefit of the doubt?  Likely.

I learned a long time ago that "You do your best.  Let the angels take care of the rest."  You do what you think is right.  You can't control what people think, what they say and do.

People make mistakes.  I'm sure Judge Muroski would do things differently if the same thing were to happen again.  Did alcohol play a role in the crash.  Maybe.  We'll never know.  All we have is his word, and considering Muroski's track record, that might be enough.