The Campaign For DA

8.09.2015

I've Thought About This All Weekend


I learned on Friday through public posts on Facebook that attorney Jim Shaw in Fort Worth is having a cancer issue. I have no idea what his situation is but his wife wrote, " We are going for a second opinion and treatment for metastasis melanoma."

As I was scanning through the posts to try an learn more, this photo came up.  I will readily and unabashedly tell you I cried. And cried again.  That photo. Oh, that photo.

Jim seems to be the opposite of me. We have the same job --  a job  which causes me incredible stress and anguish he seems to handle in stride with a smile and humor. Of course, what seems to be true isn't always true.

Jim can best be explained by the following. I watched him during jury selection in a misdemeanor marijuana case in Wise County. He pointed out that marijuana actually has a specific definition that the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt. He pulled out a law book and read from it "Marijuana means the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not, the seeds of that plant, and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of that plant or its seeds."

And then, without missing a beat, despite the fact a thought just came to him, he said, "I guess they forgot to add parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme."