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The following article was posted on October 16th, 2013, in the New Times - Volume 28, Issue 12 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 28, Issue 12

S ... L ... O ... JUSTICE (AL MORIARTY STORY)

Lowell Henslin

Ed. note: This poem came attached to an e-mail to Shredder from attorney Scott B. Whitenack, in reference to accused embezzler Al Moriarty. Attributed to Lowell Henslin (“Tuesday”), it came with the following message: “All rights reserved, however permission is given to reproduce this poem for purposes of any and all news reports, stories, and advertising helping my Pal, Al Moriarty in seeking justice and release from jail and clearing his name from this ‘Injustice’ that he has endured for over five months and the unreasonable bail of $5 million.”

 


I WALKED INTO A PLACE WHERE DREAMS COME TO DIE

MADE OF CONCRETE AND STEAL WITH NO VIEW OF THE SKY

THESE MEN LOCKED INSIDE HERE FOR COMMITTING THEIR CRIME

BUT THAT’S NOT ALWAYS TRUE, NO NOT ALL OF THE TIME

SOMETIMES LADY JUSTICE JUST FALLS ON HER FACE,

AND AN INNOCENT MAN IS THROWN AWAY IN THIS PLACE

SO PLEASE LISTEN CLOSE AND I’LL TELL YOU A TALE

OF A KIND HEARTED MAN WHOSE ASS LANDED IN JAIL

LOCKED AWAY FROM SOCIETY, HIS LIFE PUT ON HOLD

BEHIND BARS PAINTED GREY IN A CELL OH SO COLD

YET THIS “GOD FEARING MAN” KEEPS HIS HEAD HELD UP HIGH

THEY’LL NEVER BREAK HIM NO MATTER HOW HARD THEY MIGHT TRY

HE’S BEEN PUNCHING THE DEMONS, HE’S GATHERING THE LIGHT

WITH AN AURA OF DIGNITY, HE’LL NEVER GIVE UP THE FIGHT

AT 80 YEARS OLD, HIS TIME SHOULD BE GOLDEN

WITH CANDLE LIT DINNERS AND HIS SOULMATE TO HOLDEN

HIS ESSENCE OF NATURE IS THE “AMERICAN DREAM”

ALL TAKEN AWAY TORN APART AT THE SEAM

HE’LL REGALE US OF STORIES OF PLAY ON THE FIELD

HIS LOVE FOR CAL POLY AND HIS COURAGE IS HIS SHIELD

HE EXUDES SELF-CONFIDENCE THAT’S ALIEN UNTO THIS PLACE

WHILE HIS LAWYERS HAVE DONE NOTHING BUT SEEN THEIR TAILS

AND GIVE CHASE … J. NOBLE DAGGIT IS THE LAWYER HE SHOULD GET

FOR THAT’S WHAT HE NEEDS, A “LAWYER WITH TRUE GRIT”

WE’VE BECOME QUITE CLOSE THIS MAN IS MY PAL

HIS NAME IS “MORIARTY,” BUT TO ME HE’S JUST AL …