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Court Reflection Essay

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When I had told my friends I couldn’t eat breakfast with them on Monday morning they gave me a puzzled look, as we always eat breakfast everyday together. After some confusion I had to tell them sorry I can’t, I have to go to court. I got even more confusion. They probably thought “Oh no what has she done or what happened?” but truth soon be told that I was going there just to watch some court cases. Upon telling them that it was just for an assignment, they all looked relieved that they hadn’t befriended a convict in their first 2 months of college. I went to the Court of Common Pleas of York County and watched about 10 Probation Violation Hearings and in doing so I learned a lot about what goes on during these hearings and I got to understand more of the court system as a whole. I enjoyed the court atmosphere and the amount of respect that was given between the judge and the attorneys. While there I witnessed an unusual hearing about Melanie Suzanne McDonough that intrigued me. McDonough walked into the courtroom with cuffs on her hands and feet, she was wearing the prison standard orange jumpsuit and had her hair in a ponytail. Once she walked in, Judge Robert Sacavage’s law clerk made her raise her right hand and agree to this testimony: Do you solemnly swear that you will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God? As to which she responded, “I do.” Judge Sacavage then went on to read her her rights, after all of these procedures were
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