Last Friday was a good day for Marvin Lee Johnson, says the Miami Herald. A recovering crack addict, Johnson he once unplugged the television his three children were watching so he could sell it for drug money. ”When I wake up and look over and my TV is still there, it’s a good day,” he told a packed courtroom as he graduated from Miami-Dade’s Drug Court. Circuit Judge Jeffrey Rosinek cheered Johnson and 93 other drug court graduates on, as he has thousands of times before.
Friday also was Rosinek’s last day as a judge after 22 years. Rosinek, 66, has been the face of the county’s Drug Court, the nation’s first, for a decade. He has coached and coddled, and even threatened, as many as 8,000 people through the program, which requires them to stay clean for a year before they can graduate. Most graduates wipe their records clean. Rosinek warned the graduates that they will always have to fight their addictions: “Addiction is a powerful disease. Your cellphone is known by your dealer, just like you had his memorized. You have to choose whether to accept his call.”