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Norm Pattis: Chilly Winter Generates Plenty Of Aggravation

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

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Truth be told, this has not been a bad winter. Sure, it's been colder than a bail bondsman's heart, but there hasn't been much snow. And there have been few power outages. You have me to thank for that, Connecticut.

During the past few years, we've had so many power outages in my neck of the woods that I finally bought a generator. We're now prepared for weeks off the grid. We've got one of those high-fallutin' machines that turns itself on each week for a check up. I even get a report sent to me via text message telling me the machine is in fighting form.

Since installation of the generator this past summer, we've not needed it once.

I am not a climate-change denier. I believe it perfectly possible that the human race has fouled its nest. Close familiarity with the criminal law taught me long ago that there is nothing rational about human behavior. Of course, we can destroy ourselves; it's in our genes.

But causation is a difficult thing to discern. Cynics point to a cold snap, and chortle: "What about global warming?" I can't account for a day's weather; I simply note the trends, and fret about a planet become angry and inhospitable.

So forgive me the superstitious belief that my generator keep the power on for all of New England thus far this winter. Why not indulge me the fantasy? It's not as though I am asking the impossible: I never asked—did I?—for control over use of judicial discretion. It's perfectly reasonable for judges to order snowbound clients to take a cab in from New York City, right?

Snowmageddon, be damned.•

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