The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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Location: Near London, United Kingdom

The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Friday, July 08, 2005

A Word of Thanks

This message, from Sharon, is one of the thoughtful responses that I have received to yesterday's attacks. It is moving, is it not, that the Internet draws strangers with shared values together.

Sir- I am a Probation Officer here in xxx and I recently found your blog and try to read it when I can. I have enjoyed reading about the workings of the UK legal system, from your point of view. However, this morning my husband woke me early to tell me to turn on the TV and see what had happened in London. I live and work just outside NYC and September 11, 2001 will be seared in my mind forever; that was the first thing I thought of this morning; that you were all going through a similar experience (although thankfully on a much smaller scale insofar as casualties and fatalities go). Please know that we on the "other side of the pond" have you all in our thoughts and prayers. I hope that you, yourself, are safe and well, and your family, friends and coworkers are as well. We here in the US received many messages of support after 09-11 and it was meaningful to know that others cared. Sadly, it is my turn to return the favor. Stay strong.