A Little Justice for Pamela's Mom

Watch Out for Your Closest Family Members Part II

Pamela's mom, Ms. Marsh woke up this morning, thanking God for another day. Ms. Marsh's attitude was a feeling of humbleness. She was getting ready to go to court to fight for the rest of her belongings. As Ms. Marsh washed up, she began to replay the numerous incidents that led to her predicament, she was in now. Ms. Marsh cooked her breakfast and sat down to eat. While Ms. Marsh ate her breakfast, she made a list of all her belongings, at least those that she could remember, which were taken from her.

Ms. Marsh placed her list in an old envelope, grabbed her coat along with her hat, and slowly walked out the door. Ms. Marsh walked to the corner bus stop to catch the Mayfield Bus, this time she was not on her way to a job, nor to the doctor. Ms. Marsh was on her way downtown to the courthouse. The ride was unusually long, it probably was because she was worrying about how the hearing would go. Will she regain ownership of her belongings, or will Marcus win?

It has been a long time since Ms. Marsh have had to go to court. Ms. Marsh was not prepared to have to walk through the metal detectors, take off her jewelry, or even place her purse on the conveyor belt for all to see. Ms. Marsh also was not ready to be met with attitude from two of the officers, who were not only impatient, but somewhat disrespectful. All Ms. Marsh did was move to the side, so the gentlemen could go back and place his keys and watch in a tray, and one of the officer asked "what was she doing and come on through". Ms. Marsh said she was trying to move out of the way, the other officer said "just place your items on the belt, and come through, then he added just follow instructions and no extra conversation is necessary". If Ms. Marsh weren't a criminal, a response like that would make her feel like one. The last time Ms. Marsh was in court, it was during the civil rights movement, and she was protesting for human rights. There were a lot of cases being heard today, making Ms. Marsh's case among the last to be heard.

The case was being heard by Judge Hughes, he was an elderly man, he may have been the same age as Ms. Marsh or a few years older. Judge Hughes began the trial by swearing Ms. Marsh and Marcus in. Judge Hughes allowed Ms. Marsh to present her side of the story, then Marcus told his side.

Ms. Marsh talked about how Marcus and her daughter treated her. She showed him the list of items owned by her, that Marcus kept from her. Marcus tried to justify why he kept her belongings. He claimed those items belonged to the grandmother. Marcus said that he had the power of attorney and he was only looking out for the grandmother. He did not want Ms. Marsh taking advantage of the grandmother...he feared Ms. Marsh would hurt her own mother.

Ms. Marsh told Judge Hughes, why would she hurt her own mother? Why would she nurse her mother back to excellent health...just to take advantage of her, let alone harm her? How can Marcus accuse me of these things? He knows nothing of me and my mother. My mother does not know Marcus that well. Marcus is not our kin. By this time, Judge Hughes had to interject and ask both parties to calm down. Judge Hughes asked Ms. Marsh two questions...did Pamela and Marcus pay any bills or rent for staying at the grandmother's home? She responded with a no. Then he asked if she had any receipts for any of the items on her list? Ms. Marsh pulled some receipts from the battered envelope. Judge Hughes asked Marcus to recall what items did he allow Ms. Marsh to take when she left. Marcus could not remember...he kept saying Ms. Marsh has all her belongings. Ms. Marsh reached into her purse and pulled out some pictures, gave them to the judge. According to the pictures, Ms. Marsh was allowed to take only three items, her hat, her coat and an overnight suitcase. which held one nightgown, a housecoat and a change of clothes. The pictures were all the items she and her friend were able to carry from the house that day. Ms. Marsh's friend took the pictures, while telling Ms. Marsh that she would need them, when she goes to court and fight for her belongings.

Ms. Marsh's friend was right. Judge Hughes awarded Ms. Marsh the winner of her case. Marcus had to pay court cost and return all Ms. Marsh's belongings to her. (names have been changed to protect the innocent and the guilty)


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