“If ever asked to select one case in the history of our justice system that epitomized the Tom Dewey/Frank Hogan ministry of justice in terms of tempestuous drama, personal anguish, garish confrontation and, yes, divine intervention, unhesitatingly, I would answer: Wylie/Hoffert,” reports Tanenbaum. ”In the deepest recesses of my soul, I believe that those who read Echoes and who share honored values will not only agree but will be inspired to do justice in their own lives.”
“Classics are ageless. They don’t wither in time. For them, there is no statute of limitations. They are intrinsically an expression and reflection of a value system and culture.
“I have always regarded our justice system as a micro-indicia of our civility: Our resolution and firmness must always be tempered with a compassion and sensitivity. Investigations are apolitical and merit oriented with the understanding that there is no Democrat or Republican way to gather evidence and no Liberal or Conservative method to evaluate it.
“Virtually every day, or so it seems, we learn about an outrage, a corruption in our justice system: the grotesque prosecutorial misconduct in the Duke Lacrosse case and the DNA exonerated unjustly accused. And yes, there are countless others.
“Through it all, I remain optimistic. I witnessed up close and personal the administration of justice. I participated in it and was mentored how to do it.
“It is as real to me as American Exceptionalism is authentic. We are a moral people. We attempt to institutionalize virtue. We recognize that evil exists, must be confronted and defeated.
“I cannot predict that in the decades hence Echoes of My Soul will be remembered. I firmly believe it will be. And, if it is, it will be analyzed and postured as a splendid reflection of the values that define us.
“D.A. Frank Hogan was truly a legend long before Wylie/Hoffert occurred. Once convinced that Mel Glass’ gut instincts and subsequent investigation was legit, and that George Whitmore was wrongfully indicted for the most gruesome and sensationalized double rape murder in the media’s radar, Hogan was prepared to admit his mistake, possibly fracture his career’s reputation and exonerate an impoverished young man with an 1.Q. south of 70. And why? Simply and manifestly because it was right. Justice demanded it.
“Echoes of My Soul reveals as never before the actual functioning of the inner sanctum of a ministry of justice operating on a case-by- case qualitative, analytical, apolitical merit-driven fashion. On one level, it speaks volumes about how a committed individual, Mel Glass, can make a huge impact. A triumphant victory of justice delivered by a dedicated young Hogan acolyte whose soul is pure, intact and righteous.
“Yet Echoes of My Soul is more, much more meaningful. To do justice in our lives, to be civil, tolerant, rational and forthright is to enhance the dignity not only of ourselves but also of the public office we may occupy, the job we hold and the culture in which we thrive. Those values are timeless. We need to experience them so that we may always be reminded who we are and from where we came. When faced with cultural coarsening, we seek affirmation of triumph. Echoes of My Soul will satisfy that need.
“And that’s why we will always recall the Greeks at Thermopylae, our Continental army at Yorktown, the British at Waterloo and the Marines at Guadalcanal!”
Thank you for the uplifting words, Robert K. Tanenbaum.