SM is a woman now in her early forties. A former, highly decorated K-9 officer in an eastern state, she spent ten years in federal prison because her dog bit a burglary suspect on the leg, which the prosecution claimed was unnecessary. He and another suspect were caught at 1 a.m. atop a roof of a commercial building. Because she was in possession of a firearm at the time of the “crime,” the judge was under obligation to sentence her to a minimum of ten years, to which she served about 95 percent.

It took two trials, the first was a hung jury. The burglar “victim” was a druggie, burglar, illegal alien from Guatemala. The prosecution paid for the search and travel back to the U.S. to have him testify, with immunity, against her.

At the time, she had a three-year-old son. Her husband divorced her and her son was adopted by another woman. Nevertheless, SM was still included in the son’s life, as much as possible.

I could go into all the details, but rest assured, this was a railroad job of the utmost degree. At best, if SM was guilty of unnecessarily releasing her dog, she should have been disciplined, perhaps fired. But the prosecutors office was busy racking up conviction statistics by handing out favors to crooked cops who were looking at long hard time, and they were ratting on any other cop for wrong doing in order to buy a lighter sentence.

Now released SM is reunited with her teenage son and enjoying her freedom and making the best out of life after losing ten years, taking up a jail bed that could have been reserved for a real criminal. What happened to SM was a crime in itself.

She recently posted a new years message on line. I find it an incredible attitude considering what she had been through. It is worthy of all of us. We should all think about the goodness in life as we embark on 2013. Here is her message:

“Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t find the time. Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories. Vow not to make a promise you don’t think you can keep. Walk tall, and smile more. You’ll look ten years younger. Don’t be afraid to say, ‘I love you’. Say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world.”

To all my friends and fans: Happy New Year.