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Speeches by Chesterfield - Vol. XXV, 378-398. 1998-1999
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Title: Speeches by Chesterfield - Vol. XXV, 378-398. 1998-1999
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Language: English
Creator: Smith, Chesterfield H., 1917-2003
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for David W. Dyer federal courthouse dedication
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for ceremonial session of the supreme court of Florida for the justice Stephen H. Grimes oral history program
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for University of Miami School of Law American justice series
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for Judge C. Clyde Atkins tribute dinner
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for University of Miami retirees
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for Legal aid foundation of the Tallahassee bar 30th anniversary dinner
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for Miami lighthouse for the blind dedication ceremony
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for Boston merger group: Sherburne Powers and Needham
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for Tribute to Congressman Dante Fascell
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for H&K all partners meeting
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for Investiture of Andrea Simonton
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for Tribute to Sam Smith
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for chief judge Joseph W. Hatchett retirement ceremonies
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for justice Benjamin F. Overton
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Florida Bar
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CHESTERFIELD SMITH
DAVID W. DYER FEDERAL
COURTHOUSE DEDICATION
JANUARY 29, 1998
OLD FEDERAL COURTHOUSE
MIAMI, FLORIDA
FIVE MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
RAY EHRLICH'S 80TH
BIRTHDAY
RIVER CLUB
JACKSONVILLE, FL
FEBRUARY 2, 1998
FIVE MINUTES


CHESTERFIELD SMITH
THE TIGER BAY CLUB
ST. PETERSBRUG, FLORIDA
MARCH 26, 1998
TWENTY MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
TALLAHASSEE ROTARY CLUB
LEON COUNTY CIVIC CENTER
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
MAY 14, 1997
TWENTY MINUTES

CHESTESEIELD::SMITH: :.
CEREMONIAL SESSION OF THE SUPREME
COURT OF FLORIDA FOR THE JUSTICE
STEPHEN H. GRIMES ORAL HISTORY
PROGRAM
SECOND DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL
LAKELAND, FLORIDA
APRIL 24, 1998
SEVEN MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
ABA ANNUAL MEETING
1998 PRAYER BREAKFAST
AUGUST 2, 1998
TORONTO, CANADA
THREE MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF LAW
AMERICAN JUSTICE SERIES
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA
SEPTEMBER 8, 1998
FOUR MINUTES


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CHESTERFIELD SMITH
JUDGE C. CLYDE ATKINS
TRIBUTE DINNER
BILTMORE HOTEL
CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 1, 1998
FIVE MINUTES
CHESTERFIELD SMITH
ST. PETERSBURG BAR ASSOCIATION
YOUNG LAWYERS SECTION
ST. PETERSBURG YACHT CLUB
ST. PETERSBURG FLORIDA
NOVEMBER 6, 1998
TWENTY MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI RETIREES
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
FACULTY CLUB
NOVEMBER 11, 1998
TWENTY-FIVE MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
LEGAL AID FOUNDATION OF THE
TALLAHASSE BAR
30TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER
UNIVERSITY CENTER CLUB
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
NOVEMBER 12, 1998
TWELVE MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND
DEDICATION CEREMONY
MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND
MIAMI, FLORIDA
NOVEMBER 14, 1998
TEN MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
BOSTON MERGER GROUP:
SHERBURNE POWERS AND NEEDHAM
HOLLAND & KNGIHT LLP
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
DECEMBER 1, 1998
TWENTY-FIVE MINUTES


CHESTERFIELD SMITH
TRIBUTE TO CONGRESSMAN
DANTE FASCELL
GUZMAN CONCERT HALL
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
JANUARY 22, 1999
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CHESTERFIELD SMITH
ALL-LAWYERS MEETING "1999
CHESTERFIELD SMITH AWARD" TO
BILL MCBRIDE
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 1999
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CHESTERFIELD SMITH
EXTEMPORANEOUS COMMENTARY
H&K ALL PARTNERS MEETING
MARRIOTT SAWGRASS RESORT
PONTRE VEDRA, FLORIDA
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1999
FIFTEEN MINUTES


CHESTERFIELD SMITH
INVESTITURE OF ANDREA SIMONTON
AS A FEDERAL MAGISTRATE JUDGE
MIAMI, FLORIDA
APRIL 16, 1999
THREE MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD.SMITH
TRIBUTE TO SAM SMITH
DADE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
HYATT REGENCY HOTEL
MIAMI, FLORIDA
APRIL 19, 1999
THREE MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
CHIEF JUDGE JOSEPH W. HATCHETT
RETIREMENT CEREMONIES
FLORIDA HISTORY MUSEUM
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
FRIDAY, MAY 21, 1999
FIVE MINUTES


CHESTERFIELD SMITH
JUSTICE BENJAMIN F. OVERTON
ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
COURTHOUSE
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA
MAY 28, 1999
EIGHT MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
CELEBRATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE FLORIDA BAR
ROYAL PALM BALLROOM
BOCA RATON RESORT & CLUB
FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 1999
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SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH



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CHESTERFIELD SMITH

LAWYER

MIAMI, FLORIDA



DAVID W. DYER FEDERAL

COURTHOUSE DEDICATION


JANUARY 29, 1998

11 A.M.


OLD FEDERAL COURTHOUSE

MIAMI, FLORIDA


DURATION:


5 MINUTES







I HAVE LONG BELIEVED THAT THE IDEAL


JUDGE IS A COMBINATION OF CRAFTSMANSHIP -



WISDOM PHILOSOPHICAL VISION AND THE



EXPERIENCE OF LIFE IN THIS STATE AND COUNTRY


THAT BRINGS SOCIAL UNDERSTANDING.


IT IS MY


PERSONAL OPINION THAT NEVER HAS FLORIDA HAD



A JUDGE WHO MORE HAD THE TEMPERAMENT -



CHARACTER AND INNATE ABILITY TO MEET SUCH







IDEALS AS JUDGE DAVID W. DYER THE


MAGNIFICENT MAN WE HONOR TODAY.



BY EVEN THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE CRITERIA,



JUDGE DAVID DYER NOW IS AND LONG HAS BEEN


- A TRULY GREAT JUDGE.


WHILE ON THE FEDERAL


BENCH HE EPITOMIZED BY JUDICIAL CONDUCT


ONLY THAT WHICH IS GOOD AND RIGHT.


WHEN I


THINK BACK TO HIS DAYS ON THE OLD FIFTH







CIRCUIT WHEN THAT COURT FOUGHT TO


IMPLEMENT THE CONSTITUTIONAL IDEAL OF EQUAL



JUSTICE UNDER THE LAW I AM REMINDED OF



JUDGE DYER'S EXTRAORDINARY COURAGE AND



SACRIFICE.



BY HIS DEDICATION EXPERIENCE -



APTITUDE DILIGENT LABOR AND THE VERY



NATURE OF HIS BEING JUDGE DYER HAS SERVED







IN SUCH A WAY THAT I CAN CONFIDENTLY STATE


THAT HE HAS JOINED THE MOST MAGNIFICENT OF



THE JUDGES WHO OVER THE YEARS HAVE


GRACED THE FEDERAL BENCH.


ALWAYS HE HAS


APPROACHED THE LAW WITH ENTHUSIASM -



COMMITMENT AND AN UNPARALLELED AND


CONTINUOUS QUEST FOR EXCELLENCE.


IT CAN


HONESTLY BE SAID THAT DAVID DYER HAS GIVEN







OUR STATE AND NATION MORE THAN HE HAS EVER


ASKED OR RECEIVED.



AS IS SEE HIM DAVID DYER IS A GREAT



AND TOWERING JUDGE A GENTLE GIANT IF YOU



WILL. HE IS A WISE WARM AND GRACIOUS



MAN. HE IS ONE OF THE GREAT JUDGES I HAVE



KNOWN A GREAT PERSON AND A GOOD FRIEND.



THROUGHOUT HIS MANY YEARS OF ILLUSTRIOUS







JUDICIAL SERVICE HE WAS A SUPERB UNITED


STATES DISTRICT JUDGE AND AN EVEN MORE



ARRESTING UNITED STATES CIRCUIT JUDGE IN THE



FIFTH AND ELEVENTH CIRCUITS.



IT IS RARE INDEED FOR ANY ONE PERSON



TO COMBINE THE JUDICIAL SKILLS AND HUMAN



VIRTUES WITH WHICH JUDGE DYER IS ENDOWED.



I BELIEVE THAT EVEN TO THIS DAY DAVID DYER







CONTINUES TO BELIEVE THAT RIGHT GOODNESS -


AND JUSTICE ULTIMATELY WILL PREVAIL.


THE


HONORABLE DAVID W. DYER IS JUST THAT QUITE



AN HONORABLE MAN.



I CAN THINK OF NO BETTER WAY TO



RECOGNIZE JUDGE DYER'S DEVOTION AND



CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS COMMUNITY THAN THE



NAMING OF THIS HISTORIC BUILDING IN HIS HONOR







- AND THAT WE DO TODAY.


LAWYER AND A FLORIDA CITIZEN I AM



PERSONALLY PLEASED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS



CEREMONY BECAUSE AS YOU MUST NOW KNOW -



I LIKE JUDGE DAVID DYER VERY MUCH INDEED.


THANK


YOU.


MIA4-583994


AS A FLORIDA







SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH



SPEECH NUMBER 379







CHESTERFIELD SMITH


LAWYER

MIAMI, FLORIDA


BEFORE:


RAY EHRLICH'S 80TH BIRTHDAY


DATE:


FEBRUARY 2, 1998


5:30 P.M.


PLACE:


RIVER CLUB


JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA


DURATION:


REMARKS OF:


5 MINUTES







IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO


PARTICIPATE IN THIS BIRTHDAY "BOW TIE" AFFAIR



IN HONOR OF MY COLLEAGUE JUSTICE RAY


EHRLICH.


RAY IS MY LAW PARTNER MY


CONFIDANTE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY MY



CLOSE CLOSE FRIEND.



WHEN YOU HAVE KNOWN SOMEONE AS



LONG AS I HAVE KNOWN RAY AND WHEN YOU







HAVE LIKED AND ADMIRED SOMEONE AS LONG AS I


HAVE LIKED AND ADMIRED RAY IT IS ALMOST



IMPOSSIBLE TO TALK "BRIEFLY" ABOUT SUCH A


DEAR PERSONAL FRIEND.


BUT I WILL TRY!


OF COURSE I HAVE KNOWN RAY FOR


WHAT SEEMS LIKE FOREVER.


RAY IS DELIGHTFUL -


A REALLY GOOD LAWYER WITH A WIDE RANGE OF


HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOMETHING


INTERESTS.







OF A LOCAL LEGEND FIRST AT THE UNIVERSITY


OF FLORIDA SECOND IN HIS PROFESSIONAL



PRACTICE AND THIRD AS A FLORIDA SUPREME


COURT JUSTICE.


HE WAS AND IS KNOWN AS


SOMETHING OF A WORKAHOLIC BUT THEN MOST



GREAT LAWYERS ARE.



IN THE MIDST OF THIS FUN AND LIGHT



CELEBRATION I THINK IT IS APPROPRIATE TO AT







LEAST RECOGNIZE RAY'S GREAT AND IMPORTANT


ACCOMPLISHMENTS.


FOR MANY YEARS RAY


ENJOYED A SUCCESSFUL TRIAL PRACTICE LARGELY



REPRESENTING INSURANCE COMPANIES IN TORT



LITIGATION BUT DOING OTHER THINGS AS WELL.



HE ALSO WAS A FINE JUSTICE ON THE FLORIDA



SUPREME COURT FROM 1981 TO 1991 AND AN



EVEN FINER CHIEF JUSTICE FROM 1988 TO 1990.







THEN HE RETIRED AS A JUDGE AND IS NOW DOING


GREAT WORK AND LOTS OF IT WITH HOLLAND


AND KNIGHT IN THE JACKSONVILLE OFFICE.


HE IS


A GEM AND HOLLAND AND KNIGHT IS LUCKY TO



HAVE HIM.


I COULD GO ON BUT I WON'T.


YOU ALL


ARE HERE BECAUSE YOU KNOW RAY AND LOVE



AND ADMIRE HIM AND YOU KNOW THAT I DO







TOO. RAY WELCOME TO THE EIGHTY AND OVER


CLUB!


IT IS A FINE GROUP OF FINE PEOPLE IF I


DO SAY SO MYSELF!



HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY FRIEND.



MIA4-585013







SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH



SPEECH NUMBER 380










REMARKS OF:


CHESTERFIELD SMITH

LAWYER

MIAMI, FLORIDA


BEFORE:


TIGER BAY CLUB


DATE:








PLACE:


MARCH 26, 1998

12:00 NOON






ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA


TWENTY MINUTES


00S


DURATION:









NO ACTIVITY IN MY LIFE WAS MORE PROFESSIONALLY PLEASING TO ME

THAN MY SERVICE -- TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO -- AS PRESIDENT OF THE

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION. I WAS ABLE TO SPEAK OUT ON IMPORTANT

ISSUES LIKE THE PARDON OF DRAFT EVADERS IN THE VIETNAM WAR THEN

LIVING IN CANADA -- AND OF FORMER PRESIDENT NIXON BY PRESIDENT

FORD. CERTAINLY -- THROUGH ME -- THE ABA TOO WAS ACTIVELY

INVOLVED IN THE WATERGATE ARENA -- A NATIONAL CRISIS WHICH AS OF

NOW IS THE SEMINAL EVENT IN MY FIFTY YEARS AS A LAWYER. THE ABA

POSITION WAS THAT ONLY A PROSECUTOR -- COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT OF

THE APPEARANCE OF PARTISAN INFLUENCES -- COULD SATISFACTORILY

RESOLVE -- IN THE MINDS OF THE PEOPLE -- THE LEGALITY OR

ILLEGALITY OF THOSE PRESIDENTIAL ACTIVITIES WHICH WERE TO BE

INVESTIGATED -- THAT EVEN THE PRESIDENT WAS NOT ABOVE THE LAW AND

THAT THE CONGRESS MUST NOT -- AND COULD NOT -- IGNORE THE

SATURDAY NIGHT MASSACRE. THE ABA STRONGLY URGED CREATION OF AN

INDEPENDENT FEDERAL PROSECUTOR PROCESS.



EVENTUALLY -- THE ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT ACT WAS ENACTED IN

1978 -- PRIMARILY TO PRESERVE AND PROMOTE THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF

THE PRESIDENT. AS A RESULT -- WE HAVE EVER SINCE HAD AN

INDEPENDENT COUNSEL WITH EXTREMELY BROAD DISCRETION -- INORDINATE

AUTHORITY -- AND AN UNLIMITED BUDGET.



WATERGATE OF COURSE INVOLVED ALLEGATIONS NOT ONLY OF

MISCONDUCT BY OFFICIALS AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF THE EXECUTIVE

BRANCH -- BUT ALSO OF THE ATTEMPTED PERVERSION OF THE CRIMINAL









JUSTICE PROCESS BY PRESIDENT NIXON HIMSELF. IN THE FIRESTORM OF

PROTEST WHICH FOLLOWED THE SATURDAY NIGHT MASSACRE -- THE PUBLIC

DEMANDED THAT A NEUTRAL INVESTIGATIVE BODY BE CREATED TO ADDRESS

THE INHERENT CONFLICT OF INTEREST INVOLVED IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH

INVESTIGATING ITSELF. SUCH INVESTIGATIONS WERE THUS REMOVED FROM

THEIR TRADITIONAL HOME IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.



INSOFAR AS THAT LAW TODAY IMPACTS DIRECTLY UPON THE PRESIDENT

AS AN INDIVIDUAL -- I AM NOW -- TWENTY YEARS LATER --

CONVINCED THAT THE ABA AND I WERE BOTH THEN WRONG. WHY MY

CHANGE? DESPITE THE LAW'S GOOD INTENTIONS THEN -- IT HAS NOW

RESULTED IN CERTAIN UNANTICIPATED CONSEQUENCES -- A PROSECUTOR

WITH UNLIMITED RESOURCES -- ENDLESS TIME -- AND NO EFFECTIVE

ACCOUNTABILITY -- SITTING OVER THE PRESIDENT -- YEAR AFTER YEAR

-- INVADING THE PRESIDENT'S PRIVACY -- TIME AND AGAIN -- AND

-- PERHAPS UNAVOIDABLY -- SUBSTANTIALLY INTERFERING WITH THE

PRESIDENT'S SERVICE.



THERE ARE -- AS THERE SHOULD BE -- IMPORTANT DIFFERENCES

BETWEEN AN ORDINARY PROSECUTOR AND THE INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR.

IN THE ORDINARY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE -- THE CONDUCT OF

INVESTIGATIONS ARE FORGED BY TRADITIONAL PRACTICE AND INTERNAL

RULE. THE INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR -- HOWEVER -- HAS BUT ONE

TASK AND NO -- OR FEW -- GUIDELINES. ORDINARY PROSECUTORS

HAVE ONLY LIMITED FUNDS FOR A LARGE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL

INVESTIGATIONS -- BUT THE INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR HAS UNLIMITED









RESOURCES FOR A NARROW INVESTIGATION -- THE INVESTIGATION OF ONLY

ONE INDIVIDUAL. THESE DIFFERENCES ARE MOST SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE

THEY CREATE AN INCENTIVE FOR ZEALOTRY.



IN COMMON PROSECUTORIAL METHODS USED IN AN INVESTIGATION WHERE

THE INDIVIDUAL TARGET IS PRE-SELECTED -- THE PROSECUTOR IS LEFT

TO FIGURE OUT WHAT -- IF ANYTHING -- THAT TARGET DID WRONG --

BUT THE PROSECUTOR GENERALLY KNOWS IN ADVANCE THE SPECIFIC CRIME TO

BE INVESTIGATED. AN INVESTIGATION OF THE PRESIDENT BY THE

INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR IS DIFFERENT. ANY WRONG -- LARGE OR

SMALL -- WILL DO -- AND THE PRESSURE TO FIND CRIMINAL

MISCONDUCT OF SOME KIND IS VERY GREAT. THE INDEPENDENT

PROSECUTOR ACTS WITH VIRTUAL AUTONOMY AND A MUCH WIDER NET.

EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT SUCH FISHING EXPEDITIONS SOMETIMES

ENSNARE CASUAL BYSTANDERS -- OFTEN MANY OF THEM.



KENNETH STARR'S CONDUCT IN THE ONGOING CLINTON INVESTIGATION

SEEMS TO BE WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF COMMON PROSECUTORIAL PRACTICE --

BUT THAT DOES NOT ANSWER QUESTIONS ON THE PROPRIETY OF HIS CONDUCT

TO DATE. THE QUESTION IS NOT WHAT HE CAN DO -- BUT RATHER WHAT

HE SHOULD DO. FORCING A WOMAN TO TESTIFY BEFORE A GRAND JURY

REGARDING PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS WITH HER DAUGHTER MAY BE LEGAL --

BUT PROFESSIONAL PROSECUTORS GENERALLY WOULD NOT USE THE PRACTICE

ON WHAT I PERCEIVE TO BE A VERY STRAINED THEORY OF RELEVANCE. IT

IS NOT PER SE IMPROPER TO FORCE A SECRET SERVICE AGENT TO REVEAL

WHAT HE SAW PROTECTING THE LIFE OF THE PRESIDENT -- BUT WE AS









CITIZENS -- WANT -- OR SHOULD WANT -- THE PRESIDENT ALWAYS TO

BE PROTECTED IN HIS PERSONAL PRIVACY.



AS YOU MUST BY NOW UNDERSTAND -- THE INVESTIGATION OF

PRESIDENT CLINTON BY INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR KENNETH STARR IS

DIFFICULT FOR ME. I LIKE TO THINK THAT I AM FAIR AND NEUTRAL --

BUT IN ALL HONESTY -- I AM NOT SURE HERE. I DID VOTE FOR

PRESIDENT CLINTON TWICE. AS PRESIDENT -- HE GENERALLY PLEASES

ME IN FISCAL AND BUDGETARY AREAS -- HE ALSO WORKS WELL WITH HIS

PARTISAN POLITICAL OPPOSITION. AT THE SAME TIME -- I ALSO

BELIEVE THAT HE IS FAR TOO HOT TO TROT WITH WOMEN NOT HIS WIFE.

I ALSO SOMEWHAT BELIEVE THAT THE VARIOUS WOMEN INVOLVED WHO HAVE

MADE ALLEGATIONS ARE TELLING THE TRUTH -- ALTHOUGH I CONTINUE TO

QUESTION THEIR MOTIVES. TOO -- I LIKE HILLARY CLINTON -- I

RESPECT HER AS A LAWYER -- EVEN THOUGH I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HER

SEEMING CONTINUING AND INTENSE PERSONAL AFFECTION FOR HER HUSBAND.



AM I PARTISAN -- AS SOME SAY? MAYBE -- BUT I DON'T

PERSONALLY THINK SO. MAYBE I AM ONLY MORE CONFUSED -- BUT I

NEVERTHELESS FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH MY POSITION. AS A SMALL TOWN

SOUTHERNER -- I MAY ONLY HAVE A DOUBLE STANDARD -- WHEN I

SHOULD SUPPORT A SINGLE ONE. MOST OF MY GROWING-UP FRIENDS --

PEOPLE THAT I KNEW WELL -- BELIEVED THAT UNDER THAT SINGLE

STANDARD -- PRIVATE SEXUAL BEHAVIOR SHOULD BE KEPT PRIVATE.

PEOPLE IN ARKANSAS -- INSOFAR AS GOVERNOR BILL CLINTON WAS

CONCERNED -- SEEMED TO HAVE BELIEVED IN THAT SAME SINGLE









STANDARD. IN PRIVATE SEXUAL BEHAVIOR -- UNDER THAT SINGLE

STANDARD -- A NEGATIVE RESPONSE MEANT "NO" -- AND "NO" WAS THE

END OF THE PRIVATE SEXUAL BEHAVIOR. AN AFFIRMATIVE RESPONSE

MEANT "YES" -- AND "YES" USUALLY WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE PRIVATE

AFFAIR. IF PAULA JONES AND KATHLEEN WILLEY ARE TELLING THE TRUTH

-- PRESIDENT CLINTON ACCEPTED THEIR NEGATIVE RESPONSES. WHILE

NOT YET ABSOLUTELY CLEAR -- HE APPEARS ALSO TO HAVE WELCOMED THE

POSITIVE ATTITUDE INITIATED BY MONICA LEWINSKY. IN THOSE SEXUAL

CONNOTATIONS -- "NO" CERTAINLY SHOULD MEAN "NO" -- AND "YES"

SHOULD MEAN "YES".



WHILE I STILL HAVE DOUBTS -- I SUSPECT THAT PRESIDENT

CLINTON LIED UNDER OATH IN HIS DEPOSITION IN THE JONES -- WILLEY

-- AND LEWINSKY TESTIMONY -- PERHAPS BY NOW CONTENDING THAT

WORDS THAT SEEM CLEAR TO MOST PEOPLE HAD A MUCH NARROWER MEANING

AND CONSTRUCTION TO HIM. WITH ALL THOSE DOUBTS -- BELIEFS --

AND CONJECTURES -- I STILL HAVE AN OVERRIDING SYMPATHY AND BELIEF

THAT PRESIDENT CLINTON -- AND FUTURE PRESIDENTS -- SHOULD BE

ABLE TO KEEP PRIVATE SEXUAL ACTIVITY PRIVATE.



I WAS BORN IN 1917 -- AND I KNOW ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

FACTUALLY ABOUT THE PRIVATE SEXUAL BEHAVIOR OF THE VARIOUS

PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES DURING MY 80 YEARS PLUS -- BUT I

DO HAVE SUSPICIONS -- GENERATED PRIMARILY BY PRESS COMMENTS --

ABOUT WOODROW WILSON -- WARREN HARDING -- FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT









-- DWIGHT EISENHOWER -- JOHN KENNEDY -- LYNDON JOHNSON

AND PERHAPS TWO OR THREE OTHERS.



NOT SURPRISINGLY AFTER THAT PARTICULAR 80 YEAR EXPERIENCE --

I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT PRIVATE BEHAVIOR OF A SEXUAL NATURE BY AN

INCUMBENT PRESIDENT SHOULD NOT NOW BE MADE PUBLIC. LATER --

WHEN THAT PRESIDENT IS ONLY AN EX-PRESIDENT -- IS A DIFFERENT

STORY. HE CAN THEN BE SUED -- CIVILLY OR CRIMINALLY.



WHILE THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THAT PRESIDENT CLINTON IS

NOT A WOMANIZER -- I AM NOT ONE OF THEM. OKAY -- I DON'T

KNOW IT FOR A FACT -- AND I DON'T WANT TO KNOW. AS I SEE IT --

THAT IS NOT A LEGAL QUESTION -- TO BE A WOMANIZER IS NOT A

CRIMINAL ACT. IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN ALL REMEMBER WHEN WE

VOTE -- IT CAN IMPACT US THEN IN DIFFERING WAYS -- AND -- OF

COURSE -- IT QUITE LIKELY WILL BE A MAJOR ITEM FOR FUTURE

DISCUSSION BETWEEN BILL CLINTON AND HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON!



ON THE OTHER HAND -- LYING UNDER OATH CANNOT BE EXCUSED.

IF PRESIDENT CLINTON SOUGHT TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE BY PERJURY OR

OTHERWISE -- THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES IS -- AS OF NOW

-- ENTITLED TO CONSIDER APPROPRIATE ACTION.



IN EVALUATING THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL PROCESS TODAY -- THE

ONLY QUESTION WORTH NOW ASKING IS WHETHER THE INSTITUTION OF

INDEPENDENT COUNSEL PRESENTLY SERVES THE WELL-BEING OF THIS COUNTRY









-- WHETHER THE EFFECT OF THE PRESENT INDEPENDENT COUNSEL STATUTE

OVERALL HAS BEEN GOOD OR BAD?



UNFORTUNATELY -- TWENTY YEARS AFTER THE STATUTE WAS ENACTED

-- THE AMERICAN PUBLIC NOW WATCHES THE SPECTACLE OF A PROSECUTOR

SO INDEPENDENT THAT HE CAN'T BE STOPPED -- AN INVESTIGATION SO

UNBRIDLED -- IT SEEMS TO BE OUT OF CONTROL.



CLEARLY -- THE PROCESS IS ACHIEVING SUBSTANTIAL PARTISAN

SUPPORT -- SOME PARTISANS FOR -- A LARGER PARTISAN GROUP

AGAINST -- PERHAPS BECAUSE THE INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR IS LARGELY

ACCOUNTABLE TO NO ONE SEGMENT OF THE PUBLIC. IT OBVIOUSLY IS NOW

IMPOSSIBLE TO MAINTAIN THE APPEARANCE OF NON-PARTISANSHIP --

BECAUSE THE APPEARANCE OF POLITICAL MOTIVATION IS GENERATED NOT BY

THE IDENTITY OF THE PROSECUTOR -- BUT BY THE IDENTITY OF THE

TARGET. THE INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR IS EVALUATED BY THE SINGLE

ASSIGNED CASE -- A CASE SURROUNDED BY PARTISAN ENERGY -- SO

THAT SHE OR HE WILL ALMOST NECESSARILY BE ACCUSED OF PARTISANSHIP

BY THE PUBLIC. SIMPLY PUT -- POLITICAL DISPUTES WITH THE

PRESIDENT CAN NOW -- UNDER EXISTING LAW -- BE TURNED INTO LEGAL

DISPUTES -- AND POLITICAL HOUSECLEANING OF THE PRESIDENCY IS

TRANSFORMED INTO A CRIMINAL PROCESS.



CAN AN INDEPENDENT COUNSEL NOW ACT SO INTRUSIVELY THAT HIS

INVESTIGATION INTERFERES WITH THE PRESIDENT'S CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY

TO SEE THAT THE LAWS ARE FAITHFULLY EXECUTED? I THINK SO. IS









KEN STARR DOING JUST THAT? I THINK SO. DO THE NEEDS

INDEPENDENTLY TO PROSECUTE THE PRESIDENT TRUMP THE NEED TO HAVE A

PRESIDENT FREE FROM THE CONSUMING DISTRACTIONS HE PRESENTLY FACES?

I THINK NOT. IT IS NOW SO POLITICIZED THAT IT DOES NOT SERVE ITS

INTENDED PURPOSE.



I ALSO THINK THAT THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT WAS QUITE

WRONG WHEN IT DETERMINED THAT PAULA JONES HAD THE RIGHT TO PURSUE

HER SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE AGAINST THE INCUMBENT PRESIDENT.

AS OF NOW -- IT IS CLEAR THAT THE LEGAL BURDENS ON THE PRESIDENCY

WERE GREATLY -- TREMENDOUSLY -- INCREASED BY THAT DECISION.

I BELIEVE THAT THE INCUMBENT LEADER OF THE STRONGEST NATION THE

WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN SHOULD NOT BE HAMPERED WITH SUCH DISTRACTIONS.

THE APPROPRIATE TIME TO PURSUE SUCH PRIVATE CIVIL SUITS IS AFTER

SHE OR HE IS NO LONGER PRESIDENT. THE SAME PRINCIPLE APPLIES TO

CRIMINAL TRIALS THE ONLY TRIAL MUST BE RESTRICTED TO

IMPEACHMENT.



A MAXIM WELL-KNOWN TO LAWYERS AND JUDGES IS -- "BAD FACTS

MAKE BAD LAW". WHEN PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON FIRED A SPECIAL

PROSECUTOR WHOSE DOGGEDNESS HAD BECOME TROUBLESOME -- A

CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS DID ENSUE. THE PUBLIC REACTION WAS CLEAR

-- OUR DEMOCRACY COULD NOT PERMIT THE PRESIDENT TO PLACE HIMSELF

ABOVE THE LAW BY STIFLING AN INVESTIGATION OF HIS MISCONDUCT.

THE PROBLEM SEEMED SO OBVIOUS AND THE REMEDY SO CLEAR.










WATERGATE WAS GOOD FACTS AND RESULTED IN WHAT THEN APPEARED TO

BE A GOOD LAW. BUT THE CLINTON INVESTIGATION INVOLVES SOME BAD

FACTS -- AND THE LAW HAS TURNED OUT TO BE NOT AS GOOD AS WE

THOUGHT.



THE WATERGATE SCANDAL -- LIKE THE CLINTON SCANDALS OF TODAY

-- CREATED -- OR ARE CREATING -- A GREAT PUBLIC DISTRUST OF

PUBLIC OFFICIALS. THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL PROCESS

ESTABLISHED PRIMARILY TO SHORE UP PUBLIC CONFIDENCE -- HAS NOW

BECOME SO POLITICIZED THAT IT ACTUALLY -- AND IRONICALLY --

CONTRIBUTES TO THE PUBLIC DISTRUST. IN THE YEARS SINCE THE

INDEPENDENT COUNSEL ACT WAS ESTABLISHED -- WE HAVE LEARNED A LOT.

WE NOW KNOW THAT SOME OF THE INVESTIGATIONS LAST FOR YEARS --

COSTS TOO MUCH -- HURTS TOO MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE -- AND TURNS

POLITICAL DISPUTES INTO CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS. SOMEDAY SOON

-- WHEN THE DUST SETTLES -- WHEN THE CLINTON -- STARR --

JONES -- LEWINSKY -- AND WILLEY -- CRISIS IS OVER -- THIS

COUNTRY MUST TAKE A NEW LOOK AT THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL PROCESS TO

SEE IF IT STILL SERVES ITS INTENDED PURPOSE. IT EXPIRES NEXT

YEAR -- AND PUBLIC OPINION SHOULD NOT PERMIT IT TO BE RE-ENACTED

IN ITS PRESENT FORM.



SO WHAT -- YOU MIGHT ASK -- IS THE SOLUTION? SHOULD WE

KEEP IT OR ABANDON IT? CERTAINLY -- WE SHOULD NOT ALTOGETHER

ABANDON AN INDEPENDENT COUNSEL CONCEPT. WE STARTED OUT WITH A

GOOD AMERICAN IDEA -- WHICH WAS THAT THE HIGHEST OFFICIAL IN OUR










GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY FROM OTHERS. WE NOW

HAVE MOVED TO A VERY DIFFERENT IDEA -- THE USE OF OUR CRIMINAL

JUSTICE SYSTEM AGAINST OUR PRESIDENT -- IN A WAY THAT IS MUCH --

MUCH HARSHER THAN THE WAY WE USE IT AGAINST ORDINARY CITIZENS.



WHEN ALLEGATIONS OF WRONGDOING BY SENIOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS

ARISE -- THE PRIMARY FOCUS SHOULD NOT BE WHETHER THOSE OFFICIALS

ARE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PENALTY -- BUT RATHER WHETHER THEY ARE

QUALIFIED TO CONTINUE TO SERVE IN THEIR HIGH PUBLIC OFFICE. WE

STILL HAVE THE CONSTITUTIONAL IMPEACHMENT PROCESS -- THE PROCESS

DESIGNATED IN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION AS THE PROPER WAY TO DETERMINE

WHETHER A SITTING PRESIDENT SHOULD CONTINUE TO SERVE.



FOR ALMOST TWO CENTURIES -- INVESTIGATIONS OF HIGH

OFFICIALS WERE CARRIED OUT EITHER BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE --

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL -- OR IN SOME EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES --

BY OTHER AD HOC MEANS. SHOULD WE GO BACK TO THOSE WAYS? I

THINK YES. INSOFAR AS INVESTIGATING CONDUCT OF THE PRESIDENT IS

CONCERNED -- IMPEACHMENT IS THE ONLY PROPER PROCESS.



MY RECOMMENDATION: CONGRESS SHOULD DO NOTHING NOW ABOUT

INVESTIGATING PRESIDENT CLINTON UNTIL KENNETH STARR COMPLETES HIS

TASK -- BUT I BELIEVE THAT IT SHOULD LEGISLATE TO ALLOW

POSTPONEMENT OF ALL CIVIL LAWSUITS AGAINST A SITTING PRESIDENT.

WHEN THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL STATUTE EXPIRES IN JUNE OF 1999 --

LET IT DIE. AS A POSSIBLE SUBSTITUTE -- CREATE AN INTERNAL










DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PROCESS INVOLVING CAREER PROSECUTORS CHARGED

WITH THAT SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITY. THE PRESIDENT SHOULD CONTINUE

TO BE SUBJECT ONLY TO IMPEACHMENT -- AND THAT SHOULD BE THE

PEOPLE'S REMEDY. WHETHER THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE TURNED OUT OF

OFFICE IS -- IN THE DEEPEST SENSE -- A POLITICAL JUDGMENT --

TO BE MADE ONLY BY THE PEOPLE THROUGH THEIR ELECTED POLITICAL

REPRESENTATIVES. IN MY JUDGMENT -- THIS NATION SHOULD GO BACK

TO THE WAY IT WAS INVESTIGATED BEFORE WATERGATE -- GO BACK TO OUR

CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT -- GO BACK TO OUR AMERICAN

PROCESSES OF DEMOCRACY.



THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.

MA4-60783.1







SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH



SPEECH NUMBER 381










REMARKS OF:







BEFORE:





DATE:


LAWYERING: WHAT IT IS

WHAT IT OUGHT TO BE


TITLE:


TIME:


TWENTY MINUTES





Ni


37/


CHESTERFIELD SMITH

LAWYER

MIAMI, FLORIDA



TALLAHASSEE ROTARY CLUB

LEON COUNTY CIVIC CENTER



WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 1997

12 NOON


- AND









ALMOST FIFTY YEARS


PRACTICING



PERSONAL


LAWYER -



PERSPECTIVE


I SHALL GIVE


ABOUT


YOU MY


TODAY'S


LAWYERS ASSUREDLY


SIMILAR


TO THAT OF


MANY



SHOULD


OTHERS


- BUT NOT ALL.


A LAWYER'S


WHAT


PROFESSIONAL


DUTY BE


IT BE TO SECURE PUBLIC


AFTER


AS A


WHAT


MUST


- AND







TO ME IT IS A GOOD


- PERHAPS


ALMOST


A NOBLE


PEOPLE


TODAY


SUGGEST


THAT MANY


LAWYERS


ARE NOT WHOLLY FULFILLING


THOSE DUTIES -


THE TRUTH


- SOME


DO SOME


DO NOT


- BUT MORE



CHANGE


DO THAN


DON'T.


- AS AN ACTUALITY


IN THE


- DOES NOT MOVE


ONE.


SOME


APPROVAL.


DUTY


LEGAL


PROFESSION


AT A







BUT THE PRACTICE


BY INDIVIDUALS


ALSO DOES NOT STAGNATE.


RATHER -


THE USUAL


COURSE


LAWYERING



EXTENT -


IS STEADY


PREDICTABLE


- AND I



E. THERE


r0 A LARGE



ALWAYS


HAVE BEEN AND



NOW ARE TWO


AS I SEE IT


FUNDAMENTAl


- THERE



- FACTORS


IN THE PRACTICE


OF


BLINDING


PACE -


OF LAW


THAT MUST


PERSIST


OF LAW







AND CONTRASTING


EMPHASIS


LAWYERS


AT VARIANT


AT EVERY


TIMES.


POINT


CERTAINLY


IN LEGAL


HISTORY


- AS THEIR


PRIME


PROFESSIONAL


CHALLENGES FACED AND DEALT WITH THOSE



TWO SIGNIFICANT FACTORS.


THE TWO FACTORS


TO WHICH


I REFER


- THE BODY


HAVE


- ALBEIT


WITH DIFFERING


ARE: FIRST


OF THE LAW







AND SECOND -


NEITHER



SERVED



ALWAYS


FACTOR


SINGULARLY


BY IGNORING


MUST


THE OTH


BE CONSIDERED


CAN BE FULLY



ER THEY



TOGETHER -


AND THE SUCCESSFUL


ACCOMMODATION


BOTH IS ABSOLUTELY


CRITICAL


TO THE


ULTIMATE


RESULT


SOUGHT


BY LAWYER


CLIENT.


OF


AND


THE LAWYERS'


CLIENT.











- THE COLLECTIVE


ALL LAWYERS



BY THE SEVERAL


UTILIZES


WHEN


WILL ULTIMATELY



AL TREATMENTS


WORKING


r BE DICTATED



EACH LAWYER


TO HARMONIZE


THOSE


TWO FACTORS.


LAWYERS


HAVE BEEN


-ARE AND


- INVOLVED


LEGACY OF


INDEED


ALWAYS


WILL BE


WITH THE







BODY OF THE LAW


ENTIRE


PRACTICE BUT


NO MATTER


LONG -


HOW INTENT


- THAT


INVOLVEMENT


- THEY NEVER WILL


LAWYERS


WHOLLY


- AND EACH OF YOU


MASTER IT.



KNOW THAT


THE BODY OF THE LAW OFTEN


CHANGES


AND AT LEAST


TO SOME DEGREE


IT WILL


NOT SURPRISINGLY


HOW


- THROUGHOUT


THEIR


ALWAYS


KEEP CHANGING.







- THE ROLE PLAYED


CHANGES


IS ALMOST


ALWAYS


IMPACTED -


AND USUALLY DOMINATED


- BY THAT LAWYER'S


CLIENTS AND


NEEDS


SWEAR


THAT


AND PERSONAL


AN OATH


UPON


CLIENT'S



DESIRES.


ADMISSION


PARTICULAR



LAWYERS


TO THE


BAR VIGOROUSLY


TO REPRESENT


ALL OF THOSE


- BUT- LAWYERS


IN THOSE


BY A LAWYER


CLIENTS


AT TH E


SAME


TIME







TO THE BODY OF


THE LAW. THE BALANCE


- THE


ACCOMMODATION



FUNDAMENTAL FA


- BETWEEN


ACTORS


THE TWO


- THE BODY OF THE


LAW AND THE CLIENT


CHALLENGING


- IS THUS


EVER-


- AND THE HAPPY ATTAINMENT


OF THAT BALANCE IS TO


ALSO SWEAR


AN ALLEGIANCE


ME QUITE


CLEARLY


THE







MOST REWARDING


A LAWYER


CAN KNOW.


THE LEGAL


LAWYERS


SKILLS


THUS WILL ALWAYS


AND ABILITY


OF


BE JUDGED


CLIENTS


BASED


ON THE LAWYERS


SKILL AND


ABILITY


TO BALANCE


THE BODY OF THE LAW


WITH THEIR


CLIENTS'


STATED


GOALS.


INDIVIDUAL


LAWYER


WHO ULTIMATELY


WANTS


10


THAT


BY


AN


PROFESSIONAL


EXPERIENCE







A FAVORABLE CLIENT JUDGMENT


UNDERSTAND


THAT BALANCE AND


THAT ACCOMMODATION AND SOMEHOW


- AND SOMEWAY


- PUT THEM IN TANDEM.


WITHIN MY OWN YOUTH I



UNEQUIVOCALLY RECALL THAT LAWYERS IN



THE SMALL COUNTRY TOWN WHERE I LIVED



GENERALLY WERE HIGHLY REGARDED BY ALL


11


MUST


TO ENSURE







I KNEW AT


OF THEM


PROFESSIONALS


ANY AND



NEEDED H



OVER THE


- REGARDED


WHO COULD


ALL OF PERSONS



ELP. CERTAINLY


BY MOST AS


GOOD


AND WOULD


HELP


WHO BADLY



IT IS TRUE THAT


LIFE OF OUR COUNTRY


- AS I HAVE


KNOWN


- LAWYERS


GENERALLY


OBTAINED


THE PERSONAL


JUDGMENT


- THE


12


HAVE


OF THE PEOPLE


LEAST MOST







- THE UNIQUE


THAT CAN HELP MOST



TROUBLES HELP TH


PERSONS


AT MOST


HAVING



PEOPLE


WOULD


AT SOME


POINT


BOTH WANT


NEED TO SECURE


- AND HELP THAT A


COMPASSIONATE



GIVE. SO I


LAWYER


HOSE


WOULD


LAWYERS


WANT


TO


WHO LONG


HAVE WELL CHAMPIONED


THE RIGHTEOUS


13


AND


BINDING ABILITY


KNOW-HOW






OF THEIR SEVERAL CLIENTS


HAVE IN THE END SERVED


THE PRINCIPLES


WHAT


I PERCEIVE


TO BE


- ANDAWANT ITj


A PUBLIC


LEGAL


PROFESSION:


HA
-jTHAT


$ -
A wr,4/-


LAWYERS


ALMOST


ALWAYS


ACCOMMODATED


AND UNIFIED


TOGETHER


BODYOF THE

Wr4^
G44toieacc

Cdr~Lt4LX


LAW


MnI1


- AND T EIR CLIENTS,-
,. a IH/


--


Ztnudo


14


OF


BE


J


HAVE


- THE


CAUSES


PRIMARILY


J vv mjtk


aXM Rw^<^


4" Il)Afc






IN BALANCING THE NEEDS OF THE


INDIVIDUAL CLIENT WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF


THE BODY OF LAW LAWYERS OF COURSE MUST


FULFILL THE DUTIES HELD PURSUANT TO THEIR

54
ROLE AS "OFFICERS OF THE COURT." AS


"OFFICERS OF THE COURT" LAWYERS ARE


SIMULTANEOUSLY


ADVOCATES COUNSELORS


- DRAFTERS


- AND MEDIATORS


- BRINGING


15







WHO ARE UNEQUAL


- HUNTING


JUST AND EXPEDITIOUS


RESOLUTION


FOR THE DILEMMAS


OF THE


DOWNTRODDEN


SOLVING


LARGE


AND SMALL


PROBLEMS


FOR BOTH GOOD


- FOR~THOSE


PEOPLE


AND BAD PEOPLE


WHO ARE GUILTY


AND FOR THOSE


INNOCENT


- MAKING


PEACE


FOR LARGE


CLASSES


- BUT EVEN WITH THAT


16


TOGETHER


AS ONE THOSE







PEACE CONTINUING


RESOLUTION


OR MITIGATION OF PROBLEMS


OF


INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS PROTECTING



ALWAYS BOTH THE FAULTLESS AND THE



CRIMINAL STRIVING FOR EQUITY FOR ALL


PEOPLE -


COSTS


AND PURSUING TRUTH AT ALL


- FOR RICH AND


POOR.


17


TO AGITATE FOR THE







BELIEVE I


UNEQUIVOCALLY


"OFFICER


ASSERT


OF THE COURT"


CAN FILL A CENTRAL


PLACE


THAT AS AN -


- A LAWYER


STILL


IN OUR WORLD


PROMOTINGATHE


RULE OF LAW AND THE


TENETS


OF DEMOCRACY


AND JUSTICE.


6Ao


JUST AS STRONGLY


- I6KNOW


THAT A


LAWYER


CANNOT


PERSONALLY


VIOLATE


THOSE


18


IN


BUT


I KNOW


- I FIRMLY


zad







OR UPHOLD THEM


THEORY


- BUT NOT IN PRACTICE AND


YET TRULY


REMAIN


AN


OF THE


"OFFICER


COURT."



I SUGGEST TO YOU TODAY THAT THE



MALEVOLENCE IN WHICH LAWYERS ARE TODAY


HELD BY MANY


- MAYBE


MOST


- IS FIRMLY


ROOTED IN LAWYERS' FAILURE CONTINUOUSLY TO


19


STANDARDS


ONLY IN






BIl;AWIE THE ROLE OF OFFICER OF THE COURT -


THAT IS


- TO BALANCE WITH HER OR HIS DUAL


ROLE OF BEING THE CLIENT ADVOCATE AND/I


UPHOLDING THE BODY OF THE LAW.


J A4


AS A


It


GENERALITY THE PUBLIC'S ACTUAL EXPERIENCE
f


WITH LAWYERS IN THE RECENT PAST HAS NOT


MEASURED UP TO OUR


PRECONCEIVED AUGUST TIME-HONORED -


20


emL,







NOTIONS ABOUT THE EXALTED LEGAL PROFESSION.


HOW MUCH OF THE BLAME FOR THAT ADVERSE


CONDITION RESTS WITH LAWYERS? DID LAWYERS



ALONE BRING ABOUT THAT CHANGE? ARE


LAWYERS ALONE REALLY THAT GREED-STRICKEN?



OR IS THE AMERICAN PUBLIC'S GREED PERHAPS


DRIVING THE LEGAL PROFESSION?


I PERSONALLY


THINK TO A GREAT EXTENT THE LATTER IS MOST


21


O4







CAN THE LEGAL PROFESSION BE


DRIVING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC'S GREED?


THAT


APPEARS TO ME AS IMPROBABLE.



CERTAINLY I AM CONFIDENT THAT


LAWYER UBIQUITY IN AND OF ITSELF -


HAS


NOT LED TO AMERICA'S PREVAILING SUE-AT-EVERY-


OPPORTUNITY MENTALITY.


ON THE OTHER


HAND ALL OF THE BLAME FOR THE


22


PROBABLE.






UNRELENTING ADVERSE LAWYER IMAGE CANNOT


POSSIBLY BE SOLELY ASSIGNED TO CLIENTS'


CUPIDITY OR EVEN TO AN INNATELY


BELLIGERENT IN-YOUR-FACE AMERICAN CULTURE


BEARING A MONSTROUS CHIP ON ITS SHOULDER.


AS 1 SEE IT


- THE PROBLEM RESTS AT LEAST


EQUALLY WITH BOTH.


THE QUESTION THEN


BECOMES HOW ARE WE GOING TO SOLVE IT?
& mIAAd ,t J/ 4 wt


23


J.







AMERICANS WITHIN


AND WITHOUT THE LEGAL PROFESSION HAVE IN


RECENT


YEARS ROUTINELY


LOOKED


LAW ALONE


TO DETERMINE


WRONG


- TO DETERMINE


THE ETHICAL


THE UNETHICAL AND


THE MORAL


IMMORAL AN


ACTIVITY


WHICH


SEEMS


ME TO BE PERSONALLY


SELF-DEBILITATING


24


TO


THE


RIGHT


FROM


FROM


FROM


THE


TO


MORE


AND MORE







IT INNATELY ABSOLVES


FROM ALL CONDUCT


BY LAW. SADLY


BEYOND


TO ME


THAT REQUIRED


- PURPOSEFUL


GOALS


OF INDIVIDUAL


PERSONAL


RECTITUDE


BEYOND


THE MINIMUM


SET BY LAW


CURRENTLY


RECEIVE


LITTLE


POPULAR


SUPPORT.


TO PERMIT


LAW ALONE


CONTROL


THE ENTIRE


VALUE


STANDARDS


25


THUS


TO


OF


BECAUSE


OUR PEOPLE







HUMAN BEINGS CAN ONLY RESULT IN AN


ULTIMATE ATROPHY OF SOCIETAL


RESPONSIBILITY.


AS CURRENT WORLD AND


DOMESTIC EVENTS SHOW A LEGALISTIC



SOCIETY WHICH IGNORES ALL VALUES OTHER



THAN LAW IS A SOCIETY IN MY OPINION -



WHICH HAS NO SOUL -ANO ORDER AND NO



DIRECTION.


26







INDEED HISTORY HAS REPEATEDLY


DEMONSTRATED THAT NO STATE CAN


LONG


SURVIVE IF ITS PEOPLE ASSUME THAT ALL


CONDUCT NOT FORBIDDEN BY THE LAW IS


ACCEPTABLE.


LAW SHOULD SET ONLY THE


MINIMUM STANDARDS BUT NOT THE LOFTIER

B^J^L


GOALS.


IT CANA BE THE


FLOOR BUT IT

fUos 61 -


MUST NOT BE/1THE CEILING.


27


maJ i


-.4







THE LAW AS A FLOOR


FORGIVES


BEHAVIOR


INDIVIDUAL


WHICH


CITIZENS


FOR ALL


IS NOT PROHIBITED


BY LAW


- AND


PERMITS



MINIMUM


AS A NECESSARY


LEGAL


COROLLARY -


CITIZENS TO USE THOSE



STANDARDS TO ADVANCE


OWN PURPOSES


- SOMETIMES


SELFISHLY


SO.


28


THEIR


TO ACCEPT


muawia^1







THE PRIVATE BUSINESS SECTOR MUST


BE CONTINUALLY REMINDED BY ITS LAWYERS



OF THE ESSENTIAL ROLE IN OUR LIVES OF



ETHICS AND MORALITY AND PRIVATE BUSINESS



irWf BE CONSTANTLY ENCOURAGED TO



ALWAYS SEEK HIGHER STANDARDS OF CONDUCT


THAN THE MINIMUM.


INDEED I


RESOUNDINGLY PROCLAIM THAT PRACTICING


29







LAWYERS ALWAYS SHOULD COUNSEL


ASPIRATIONAL STANDARDS FOR THEIR CLIENTS



- ROUTINE AND HUM-DRUM COMPLIANCE



WITH THE MINIMUM STANDARDS OF THE LAW


p0N^A.


SIMPLY WON'T DO.-


A PROFIT CORPORATION SHOULD NOT



UNTHINKINGLY DESECRATE OR POLLUTE A RIVER



BECAUSE THAT CORPORATION CAN DECREASE


30


( tc~







WASTE MANAGEMENT COSTS BY ENVIRONMENTAL


DUMPING WHILE STILL MEETING


THE MINIMUM


DISCHARGE



SHOULD A



PRODUCTS


LIMITS


PRESCRIBED


CORPORATION II



ON CONSUMERS


BY LAW -


VIPOSE I



SIMPLY


NOR


INFERIOR



BECAUSE


THE LAW HAS NOT KEPT UP WITH


MARKETPLACE



BUSINESS DIS(


- NOR SHOULD


CRIMINATE


A SMALL


IN EMPLOYMENT


31


THE







- DUE TO ITS SIZE


DOES NOT FALL UNDER


THE PURVIEW


STATE


AND FEDERAL


ANTI-DISCRIMINATION


LAWS.


EVER-INCREASING


COMPETITION


IN THE


LEGAL


PROFESSION


HAS QUITE


OBVIOUSLY


AND UNFORTUNATELY


-NOW


LED TO AN


INCREASED


TREATMENT


OF THE


PRACTICE


32


OF


OF


PRACTICES


SINCE


- IT







A BUSINESS A


MAKING



LAWYERS


BUSINESS.


I RECOGNIZE THAT TODAY'S


DO WELL PERHAPS


TOO WELL.


WHILE


ADMITTEDLY


MAINTAINING


GENERATING


REVENUES


AND


IS AN ESSENTIAL


OF LAWYER



OFFICERS


FOREMOST


-R REALITY



OF THE C(


MAINTAIN


- TO


ME


)URTAMUST


THEIR


- LAWYERS AS



FIRST AND


UNIQUE


PUBLIC


33


PART


LAW AS


HUGE PROFIT-







- AND THEY MUST EMPHASIZE


"GOOD"


MORE


THAN DOING


"WELL."


CERTAINLY


- LAWYERS


PROFESSIONAL


TELL CLIENTS


OBLIGATION


TO DO MORE


HOW THEY LAWFULLY


THAN


CAN DO


WHAT


THEY WANT


TO DO.


14u


WUt


BALONEY ON


i LAWYERS


WHO DO THAT TO CLIENTS IT'S


NOT RIGHT


- IT'S NOT GOOD


- WHERE


34


HAVE


STATUS


DOING







IS BEING DONE ANDPIT IS OFTEN BEING DONE


- IT'S GOT TO GO.


A SENSE OF


RESPONSIBILITY OF VALUES TRANSCENDING



THOSE ARTICULATED BY THE LAW SHOULD -


AND MUST BE APPLIED TO DECISION



MAKING. LAWYERS AND THEIR CLIENTS MUST


ALWAYS CONSIDER IN THEIR RELATIONSHIP THE



ESSENTIAL ROLE OF ETHICS AND MORALITY.


35







CANNOT IGNORE


INTEREST


OF THE PUBLIC AND
/A


THE BASIC


STANDARDS


OF DECENCY SYSTEMATICALLY BY


STRINGING



ACHIEVE F


TOGETHER


OR A


LEGAL


CLIENT AN


LOOPHOLES



INORDINATE


ADVANTAGE.


THE TRUE RULE OF LAW


ENVISIONS


INTERNAL


CHECKS


AS A NECESSARY


COMPLEMENT


TO EXTERNAL


RESTRICTIONS.


36


TO


THE LARGER


LAWYERS







THAT TRUE RULE OF LAW


- LAWYERS



THEY ALONE


MUST


NOT LOSE SIGHT


- INDIVIDUALLY


THAT


OR IN LAW


FIRMS CONTROL



BEHAVIOR AND


THEIR


OWN PROFESSIONAL


THAT THEY


- AND


- THROUGH


THEIR


LAW PRACTICE


CONDUCT


AND LEAD AND DETERMINE


ATTORNEY-CLIENT


RELATIONSHIP.


- THE


LAWYERS


37


THEY


ONLY


AND IN APPLYING







THUS SINGULARLY REMAIN IN


POSITION AVAILABLE ONLY TO LAWYERS -



TO ADVOCATE THE PURSUIT OF TRUTH AND


JUSTICE.


THE LEGAL PROFESSION ALONE HAS


THE RIGHT AND DUTY TO SET THE TONE OF A



LAWYER'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PUBLIC -



AND IT MUST DO SO PARTICULARLY WITH


CLIENTS.


TO DO JUST THAT -


TO SET THAT


38


A UNIQUE







I AWla na IwaI iur Irnrw/a rfll


TONE -


FACILITATOR


YTEn MUoivSo DELCFIVIE E inc



OF NEW ATTITUDES THE
44


LIAVV


INSTIGATORS OF


CHANGE


IN THE CURRENT


PUBLIC


PERCEPTION


OF LAWYERS BY


RECOGNIZING


OPPORTUNITY



THE LAWYER



ANOTHER ANI


THAT


THERE


TO RESURRECT


OF OLD


D ANCIENT


NOW IS A PRESENT


WITH THE PUBLIC


- THE LAWYER


TIME


OF


- TO FOCUS


39


"r'lU r"







OF VINDICTIVENESS -


TO READILY


DEMONSTRATE


SAY NO TO CLIENTS


COUNTER


WHOSE


TO STEADFAST


PRINCIPLES TO


DO GOOD


A WILLINGNESS TO


CASES


RUN


AND HONORABLE


FOR CLIENTS


AND


NOT SIMPLY WELL


FOR THEMSELVES.


IN BECOMING


AND NOBLE


LAWYERS


OBLIGATIONS


THAT


- SOLEMN



ARE AN


40


ON FAIRNESS


INSTEAD


6-M It







PART OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION


WERE


IN TAKING THEOOATH OF ADMISSION


FREELY AND HAPPILY ACKNOWLEDGED AND



ASSUMED' LAWYERS FIFTY YEARS AFTER THAT


OATHASTILL


ARE


"OFFICERS


OF THE COURT"


WHETHER


THOSE


LAWYERS


GO TO TRIAL


OR ONLY DO OFFICE


LEGAL


WORK.


41


ALL


INTEGRAL







THEY DO AS LAWYERS


- ARE


OFFICERS


OF THE COURT.-


TOMORROW'S


LAWYERS -


DOMINANT


AS OFFICERS


QUESTION


TO


OF THE COURT


CLIENTS


MAY WELL


CONTINUE


BE "WHAT


IS REQUIRED


HERE BY LAW FROM


ME?" BUT THE ANSWER


TOO RARELY


GIVEN


FROM


THE LAWYER


TO THAT QUESTION


MUST


42


FROM


THEIR


TO


LAWYERS


- WHATEVER







HENCEFORTH BE THESE WHOLLY PROFESSIONAL


WORDS:



"THIS IS WHAT YOU MY CLIENT -



OUGHT TO DO NOT BECAUSE IT


REQUIRED


- BUT BECAUSE IT IS


RIGHT AND PROPER."



THIS MUCH IS CERTAIN REAL



IMPROVEMENT IN THE ENHANCEMENT OF THE


43







IMAGE RESTS SQUARELY


PERSONAL



LAWYER F


AND PROFESSIONAL


REPRESENTS


WAY THE


HIS OR HER CLIENTS -


IN HER OR HIS RELATIONSHIPS


WITHIN


COMMUNITY


- IN


THE MANNER


IN WHICH


THE LAWYER


INTERACTS


WITH HER OR HIS


COLLEAGUES


- IN HOW THE LAWYER


CHOOSES


TO CONDUCT


HIS OR HER PRACTICE.


G4WA ui 6-7 44
hA'^ 24 E^ePct tU; ik
- 4c t ,-I


THE


LAWYER'S


WITH THE







SILENCE


ON THE PART OF A LAWY 4
ON1 THE~ PART OF A LAWY


EXPLICITLY


SANCTIONS


DISCOURTEOUS


BEHAVIOR


FROM


HER OR HIS PEERS AND/


CLIENTS.



LEGALISTIC


THE LARGEST



SYSTEMS IS


SINGLE


OF COUI


RISK IN ALL



RSE THAT


EACH PERSON


WILL SEEK TO


USE THAT


SYSTEM


IN A WAY TO


SECURE


PERSONAL


ADVANTAGE.


THAT CANNOT


BE.


LAWYERS


45


eA6 -04







THAT WON'T WORK


LAWYERS


STANDARDS


MUST


HELP THEIR


OF PERSONAL


CLIENTS


CONDUCT


MORE


MEASURE


ASPIRATIONAL.


OF WHAT TH


THE MOST



IE MODERN


FRIGHTENING



LEGAL


PROFESSION


HAS LOST IN ITS PRESENT


CONSULTATION


WITH CLIENTS


IS THAT


PEOPLE


DON'T


EVEN REMEMBER


THE TRUST


46


MAKE


THE


EVER-


MOST


WELL KNOW


- AND







THAT SOCIETY ONCE NOT SO LONG AGO -


WILLINGLY PLACED IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION.



THAT TRUST SHOULD AND MUST BE



RESTORED PRIMARILY BY LAWYERS.


IF LAWYERS ARE TO LIVE UP TO


THEIR


HISTORIC



RHETORIC


- GRANDILOQUENT -



- THEIR DEEDS MUST


AND NOBLE



REQUIRE


EVER-BETTER EVER HIGHER STANDARDS


47







THEMSELVES AND


CLIENTS.


I REITERATE -


A SOCIETY


NOT LONG SURVIVE


IF ITS INDIVIDUAL


MEMBERS


ASSUME


THAT ALL CONDUCT


PROHIBITED BY



LAW CANNOT


LAW IS ACCEPTABLE


- SHOULD


NOT


CONDUCT.


- MUST


- BE


ALONE


A BUSINESS -


A MONEY-


MAKING


EXPERIENCE.


I REPEAT


48


WILL


NOT


NOT


- I


FROM THEIR


- FRO M







- I PROCLAIM -


"OFFICERS OF THE COURT"


- WHATEVER


LEGAL TASK THOSE LAWYERS PERFORM


AND WHEREVER THEY DO IT


WAY


- THE ONLY


- THE RIGHT WAY IS THAT


LAWYERS ALWAYS MUST


- UNDER ALL


CIRCUMSTANCES CONSCIOUSLY STOP -


AND THINK


- OF THEMSELVES ONLY AS


49


REITERATE


LAWYERS ARE






"OFFICERS OF THE


PROPONENTS


OF THE BODY OF THE LAW AND


THE HONORABLE


ADVOCATES


/Ar-


CLIENTS.


OF THEIR


&Alw


ttflf


THE END


MIA3-497856


50


- THE FAITHFUL


COURT"


ILU~/

~cel'







SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH



SPEECH NUMBER 382




-5 2- 6i7


REMARKS OF:


BEFORE:








DATE:


PLACE:


CHESTERFIELD SMITH
LAWYER
MIAMI, FLORIDA


CEREMONIAL SESSION OF THE
SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA
FOR THE JUSTICE STEPHEN H.
GRIMES ORAL HISTORY
PROGRAM


APRIL 24, 1998
3:30 P.M.


SECOND DISTRICT COURT OF
APPEAL
LAKELAND, FLORIDA


DURATION:



"T -t1


7 MINUTES



-The- 7Rial Lncur;: Vi5s- tt13







I AM HONORED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS


PROGRAM FOR MY VERY GOOD FRIEND -


STEPHEN HENRY GRIMES.


ADMITTEDLY WITH


BIAS I PERSONALLY THINK THAT STEVE



GRIMES WAS A MAGNIFICENT LAWYER A



MAGNIFICENT APPELLATE JUDGE ON THE



SECOND DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL AND







MAGNIFICENT JUSTICE ON THE FLORIDA


SUPREME COURT.


OF COURSE


- I HAVE KNOWN STEVE


GRIMES FOR WHAT SEEMS LIKE FOREVER.


KNEW HIM BEFORE HE BECAME AN APPELLATE



JUDGE AND BEFORE HE BECAME A FLORIDA


SUPREME COURT JUSTICE.


STEVE GRIMES WAS


ONCE MY LAW PARTNER- HAVING STARTED HIS







WITH HOLLAND


AND EVENTUALLY


LEADING


THE FIRM'S


LITIGATION



BECOME Al



- STEVE GI



TALENTS A



SERVICE.


DEPARTMENT



N APPELLATE


RIMES


BEFORE



JUDGE.


HAD GREAT


rND STRONGLY


HE WAS


HE LEFT TO



AS A LAWYER


AND REMARKABLE


BELIEVED


- AND IS


IN CLIENT


- A FINE LAWYER


- A LEARNED


LEGAL CAREER


AND KNIGHT


LAWYER


- A NOBLE


LAWYER.







- HE ACTS NOW AS


HE ALWAYS


HAS ACTED


- AS I WANT


LAWYER


TO ACT.


WE WHO PRACTICED


LAW WITH HIM


KNEW


IN OUR HEARTS


POSSESSED


THAT STEVE


THAT COMBINATION


- SOUND JUDGMENT


- DILIGENCE


GRIMES


OF CHARACTER



- WISDOM -


INTELLIGENCE


INDEED


- AS A LAWYER


EXPERIENCE


- INNATE


- SOCIAL







UNDERSTANDING PHILOSOPHICAL VISION -


AND LEGAL CRAFTSMANSHIP WHICH IS A



PREREQUISITE TO BECOMING AN OUTSTANDING


JURIST.


WE HERE ASSEMBLED TODAY KNOW -


WITH SUBSTANTIAL SUPPORTING FACT THAT



STEPHEN HENRY GRIMES POSSESSES THOSE



QUALITIES.







I WAS HONORED TO


PARTICIPATE


IN THE INVESTITURE OF


JUSTICE


STEPHEN


HENRY


GRIMES


- I PROCLAIMED


HIS POTENTIAL


FOR SERVICE


AS A JUSTICE


THE FLORIDA


SUPREME


COURT


WAS VERY


- BUT ADMITTED


THAT IT WOULD


YEARS


FOR HIM TO EARN THE TITLE OF


"GREAT JUSTICE."


THAT


OF


GOOD


TAKE


IN 1987


- WHEN


AFTER


HIS ELEVEN


YEARS







AS A JUSTICE ON THE FLORIDA SUPREME


COURT THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS JUDICIAL



OFFICE OF THIS STATE STEPHEN HENRY



GRIMES HAS EARNED THE TITLE OF A "GREAT



JUSTICE" FOR HIS YEARS OF DEDICATED AND



DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AND I PROUDLY



PRONOUNCE TODAY THAT STEPHEN HENRY



GRIMES CAN PROPERLY TAKE HIS PLACE IN







JUSTICE"


FLORIDA


SUPREME


COURT.


BY EDUCATION


APTITUDE


- BY EXPERIENCE


- BY


- BY DEMONSTRATED CHARACTER -


BY THE VERY NATURE


OF THE MAN


- STEVE


GRIMES


SERVED THE


FLORIDA


SUPREME


COURT -


AND THUS THE ENTIRE


STATE


OF FLORIDA -


IN SUCH A WAY THAT HE PROPERLY AND


HISTORY


AS A


"GREAT


OF THE







RIGHTLY JOINS THE MORE MAGNIFICENT OF


THE GREAT JUSTICES WHO OVER THE YEARS



HAVE GRACED THE SUPREME COURT BENCH.


MOST IMPRESSIVELY STEVE GRIMES


A GREAT AND LIKEABLE HUMAN BEING.


HE IS


DEVOTED TO HIS FAMILY TO HIS CHURCH -



TO HIS COMMUNITY AND TO FLORIDA. HE



IS AN INDIVIDUAL WITH STANDARDS OF







UNBLEMISHED MORAL INTEGRITY AND PROPRIETY


- AND WITH THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE ETHICAL


STANDARDS.


IN MY PERSONAL JUDGMENT -


AS BOTH A LAWYER AND JUDGE STEVE



GRIMES' PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT EPITOMIZES



THE ETHICAL PRECEPTS WHICH HISTORICALLY



HAVE GUIDED THE TRULY BEST LAWYERS AND



JUDGES WHO NOBLY SERVE THE LAW -


10







THE FINEST LAWYERS


PAST AND


PRESENT.


AS ONE OF THE


MANY


LAWYERS


PRACTICED


LAW WITH STEVE


GRIMES


ALMOST


TWENTY


YEARS


-- AS A LAWYER


HAS LONG BELIEVED THAT


THE CALIBER


THIS STATE'S


QUALITY


JUDICIARY


OF THE JUSTICES


- PARTICULARLY


THE


OF OUR HIGHEST


11


WHO


FOR


WHO


OF


INCLUDING


OF FLORIDA'S







COURT IS A PRIME YARDSTICK OF OUR


CULTURE AND THE QUALITY OF OUR LIBERTY



AND PERSONAL FREEDOM I AM TODAY



HONORED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CEREMONIAL



SESSION FOR MY FRIEND THE GREAT JUSTICE


STEPHEN HENRY GRIMES.


STEPHEN HENRY


GRIMES HAS GIVEN THIS STATE AND ITS



JUDICIAL SYSTEM SO VERY MUCH.


12