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UNJUST   6'1m1f The parable of the unjust judge

JUDGE -- (enters wearing black robe, crosses to podium, pounds 
gavel) This court is now in session. Anyone having business 
before this court, draw near and be heard.

WIDOW -- (enters carrying a armful of legal briefs with blue 
cover page) Your honor, I have business before this court.

JUDGE -- (sigh) You again.

WIDOW -- Yes, your honor and there's been a grave injustice 
perpetrated upon my person and I demand justice.

JUDGE -- Why do you persist in wasting the court's time. I 
have already given my decision in your case.

WIDOW -- You gave a decision, but justice was not served.

JUDGE -- So, you brought another truck load of legal motions?

WIDOW -- (smiles) Yes, your honor. I think you're going to like 
these. I worked on them all night last night. I'm sure that one 
of them will right the wrong that has been done.

JUDGE -- My good woman, as I....

WIDOW -- My name is Ethel Goldstein. Referring to me as "good 
woman" is just another attempt by the court to depersonalize me. 
I am not your good woman, I am not the complainant. I am not the 
respondant. I am not the accuser. I am not the defendant. I am 
Ethel Gooldstein, a poor helpless....

JUDGE -- Alright, alright, you may be poor, but you're far from 
helpless. I get the point, Mrs Goldstein. But your name in no 
way influences the facts of this case. 

WIDOW -- The facts of this case are that my husband died, 
leaving me childless. And now, because I am a childless widow, I 
am being treated as a second class citizen.

JUDGE -- But in Israel a childless widow IS a second class 
citizen, Mr Goldstein.

WIDOW -- That is unjust and you know it.

JUDGE -- Just or not, that is the law of the land. We have been 
over this time and time again, Mrs Goldstein...

WIDOW -- You have the power to make this right, your honor. I'm 
not asking for the law of the land. I am asking for justice. 
Maurice Greenbaum stole my land from me and...

JUDGE -- Maurice Greenbaum paid your back taxes. The land is 
rightfully his.

WIDOW -- I have crops in the fields that could pay the taxes. 
All I'm asking for is a chance to hire someone to harvest the 
crops and sell them for me so I can pay the taxes.

JUDGE -- I have already ruled on that motion, Mrs Goldstein, and 
the answer was NO.

WIDOW -- Then, I have another motion. (hands one of the legal 
briefs to Judge)

JUDGE -- What's this one? (opens brief)

WIDOW -- This is a writ of habius corpus.

JUDGE -- Habius Corpus?! Habius Corpus is a motion to have 
someone released from jail. What....

WIDOW -- ...Since you have stripped by of all my rights, I am a 
prisoner of the system. I...

JUDGE -- (gavel) Motion denied.

WIDOW -- (hands Judge another brief) In that case, I have 
another motion.

JUDGE -- (sigh) What's this one? (opens brief)

WIDOW -- This is a motion denying transfer of the land to that 
crook Maurice Greenbaum on environmental grounds.

JUDGE -- Oh, brother. I can hardly wait to hear the arguments 
for this.

WIDOW -- There is an endangered species living on my land and...

JUDGE -- Wait a minute. Endangered species? What endangered 
species?

WIDOW -- My dog.

JUDGE -- A dog is not an endangered species.

WIDOW -- Mine is. 

JUDGE -- What kind is it?

WIDOW -- It's a mut and I've never seen another one like it.

JUDGE -- (gavel) Motion denied.

WIDOW -- (hands Judge another brief) In that case, I enter this 
motion to turn my property into a city park with me as the 
caretaker.

JUDGE -- (gavel) Motion denied.

WIDOW -- (hands Judge another brief) In that case, I enter this 
motion to turn my property into a county park.

JUDGE -- (gavel) Motion denied.

WIDOW -- (hands Judge another brief) In that case, I enter this 
motion to turn my property into a state park.

JUDGE -- (gavel) Motion denied.

WIDOW -- (hands Judge another brief) In that case, I enter this 
motion to turn my property into a national park.

JUDGE -- (gavel) Motion denied.

WIDOW -- (hands Judge another brief) In that case, I enter this 
motion to turn my property into a national monument.

JUDGE -- Motion.... Wait a minute. A monument?! To what?

WIDOW -- My husband. He was a really great guy. You would have 
loved him. I was thinking of erecting a bronze statue....

JUDGE -- (gavel) Motion denied.

WIDOW -- In that case, you leave me no choice. (hands Judge 
another brief) I hereby petition the court to have my 
property...

JUDGE -- It's Maurice Greenbaum's property and you have until 
noon tomorrow to vacate....

WIDOW -- Hereafter, I shall refer to my property as the "afore 
mentioned property". And I petition the court to have the 
transfer of the afore mentioned property delayed until such time 
as the criminal charges against Maurice Greenbaum have been 
adjudicated.

JUDGE -- Criminal charges?! What criminal charges?

WIDOW -- The petition clearly states that the afore mentioned 
property is evidence in a criminal complaint filed by a poor 
unfortunate widow who was ruthlessly robbed of her property... 

JUDGE -- (gavel) Motion denied.

WIDOW -- You didn't let me finish.

JUDGE -- Yes, I did. You just finished. (gavel) Motion denied.

WIDOW -- (hands Judge another brief) In that case, I petition 
you to recuse yourself as the judge on this case.

JUDGE -- Recuse myself? Why would I want to disqualify myself 
from hearing this case? On what grounds?

WIDOW -- On the grounds that Maurice greenbaum is your wife's 
brother.

JUDGE -- That has nothing to do with this case. (looks around, 
softly) How did you find out about that?

WIDOW -- I overheard you talking to that thief Maurice Greenbaum 
out in the hallway. No wonder I can't get any justice in this 
court.

JUDGE -- (gavel) Motion denied.

WIDOW -- Fine. (turns to exit) I'll see you tomorrow.

JUDGE -- Tomorrow?

WIDOW -- (turns back) Yes, I'll be here first thing tomorrow 
with about a dozen new motions. We still have not explored 
eminent domain, illegal search and seizure, abridgement of free 
speech, the many aspects of due process of law. Then, of course, 
there's the appeals process, where I start all over again. In 
that case, I would have to file for a stay of execution of your 
court order pending the outcome of the appeal....

JUDGE -- Alright! Alright! 

WIDOW -- Excuse me?

JUDGE -- You can keep your stupid farm. Maury and I can find 
another piece of property to build our vineyard on. Go! Go! Get 
out of my court room! I never want to see you again!

WIDOW -- Let's get this straight, now. This is not a 
continuance or a moratorium?

JUDGE -- No. If you promise never to come back here ever again, 
you may keep your stupid farm. 

WIDOW -- MY stupid farm? Does that mean I can discontinue 
calling it the afore mentioned property? 

JUDGE -- (gavel, gavel) Out! Get out! (chases Widow off stage, 
shaking gavel at her) Out of my courtroom.

WIDOW -- I'm going already. I'm going. 


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