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Thoughts from the Lower 40: Passing Judgment
In July 23 Issue
By Wade Daffron, Columnist

As jaded as I have become, there are few (if any) things that amaze me anymore.

Last week, I watched a video of our area Family Court Judge Jennifer Upchurch Edwards being attacked in her courtroom.

The incident quickly made national news, and I'm hoping for the right reason.

It was shocking to see an angry woman literally leap over the bench toward the Judge, but I think what is equally as important was the Judge's reaction.

As the woman lunged at the Judge, the Judge merely scooted her seat back, and remained poised as several court security offices swooped in to restrain the angry attacker.

Judge Edwards slowly brushed her hair aside with her hand as the woman was literally carried from the courtroom, and taken to jail.

I've reviewed several videos in which violence erupts in a courtroom or at public meetings.

Usually what you see is chaos-yelling, screaming, chairs or tables getting knocked around, people diving for cover, etc.

Not so in Judge Edward's courtroom.

Even with danger literally in her face, she was the epitome of grace under pressure.

That speaks well of our local, judicial system.

Most people have no idea the stress, anxiety, and difficulty Judges face as they dispense justice and make decisions affecting people's lives.

Judge Edwards's actions prove she is calm and capable.

She's certainly the type of person one would want when their fate is at hand.

We can not only feel proud, but also stand firm in the confidence bestowed in her, and our other Judges.

Credit should also be given to court security as they swiftly took action.

Not to give too much away, but court security officers are specially-trained to watch and listen for indications an incident is about to occur.

Within seconds, they defused what could have been an even uglier situation.

Emotions can sometimes run high in a courtroom, and is it essential order and decorum is maintained.

On a day when someone attempted to tilt the scales of justice in their favor, Judge Edwards preserved the balance.

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