Judge Lisa Richette 1928-2007
|Would writing "Ding dong, the witch is dead" be in bad form?|
LISA AVERSA RICHETTE, a brilliant but controversial jurist who cared for battered women, the homeless, children at risk, the mentally ill and long-term prisoners, died of lung cancer on Friday.Those of you who know me know that I despise hypocrisy. Thus, I am about to write what I really feel about Judge Richette. You've been warned.
I am one of the thousands of Philadelphia police officers who had the distinct displeasure of sitting before Judge Richette. And I can tell you from first-hand experience that this woman has done more to enable crime in this city than any other human being. "Let 'Em Go Lisa" was a true piece of work. Well, she was a piece of something, anyway. She was a true friend to Philadelphia's violent criminal population, and a true obstacle to the Philadelphia Police Department. Richette not only made sure defendants received a fair shake in her courtroom, she made sure they were treated more fairly than the victims.
With Richette's death, the streets of Philadelphia just got a little more safe.