Trifecta-Week Eighty-Nine – Weak

Here we go again, another Trifecta prompt. The prompt that allows you a robust 333 words to examine a usually rare meaning of a word that otherwise lives a modest lifestyle within our daily lexicon. We have had many run-of-the-mill words come our way, but when you shuffle down to the third definition you will likely have to ponder the response you supply.

I have read some fins work by others in these Monday and Friday prompts and received many fine comments about my efforts. I thank each of you fro those sentiments and look forward to working with you to further the trifecta tradition. You can be sure you will find some high quality writing in the collection and I invite you to click on the link to read the other efforts.

With that said let’s get on to the word for Trifecta Week Eighty-Nine.

1: lacking strength: as

: deficient in physical vigor : feeble, debilitated

: not able to sustain or exert much weight, pressure, or strain

: not able to resist external force or withstand attack

: easily upset or nauseated <a weak stomach>
2a : mentally or intellectually deficient

: not firmly decided : vacillating

: resulting from or indicating lack of judgment or discernment

: not able to withstand temptation or persuasion <the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak>
3: not factually grounded or logically presented <a weak argument>

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The court room was packed as it had been for the previous forty seven days. The trial of Peter Falkland for the murders of Elisa Kelly, Erin Greene and Terri Garr was a massive undertaking. The well groomed, professional looking Falkland seemed to be out of place nestled between two pairs of high priced lawyers, charged by his father with making sure his sole heir did not wind up behind bars for the rest of his life.
The evidence was seemingly never ending, but not exactly concrete. The Falkland defense team had uttered the word circumstantial so many times the judge cringed when he though another opportunity presented itself from the defense team. Judge Horace Wells guarded his mind against taking the words as the gospel. A weak mind could be convinced after repeatedly hearing the phrase and he was determined to maintain his reputation of being a fair magistrate.

He could remember on of the first lectures he attended in law school from perhaps his favorite teacher, a retired federal judge named Cyrus Demarco. The man had presided over trials ranging from racketeering to election fraud to kidnapping to mass murder. He cautioned the young students to hone their ability to make a decision based on the appearance of the accused and evidence until all the information was collected. Many cases required the discretion of a fair-minded judge who would exercise sound judgment to determine what was pertinent and what was fluff. Weak arguments could change the whole tenor of a case. It was his job to keep everyone on task.


About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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9 Responses to Trifecta-Week Eighty-Nine – Weak

  1. Wow–with the climate change thing. Anyway, thank for linking up with this one. It’s a different take on the courtroom. I loved getting inside the head of the judge, without the back story of the defendant. Nicely done. I think you have a typo in your second paragraph. Though, thought. ?

    Thanks for linking up. I love your opening blurb. Thanks for that!

  2. kallanannie says:

    As Sandra says above, it’s definitely not a job I’d want–and you do a good job of outlining the challenges judges face.

  3. Sandra says:

    It’s not a job I’d relish. Nicely done.

  4. Brian Benoit says:

    I wonder what Terri Garr did to deserve such a fate! An interesting start to a court drama, Joe

  5. “Weak arguments could change the whole tenor of a case.”

    Great line, and so true! I like where this is headed. Would love to read more!

  6. Gabriella says:

    I hope many judges are as scrupulous as your own fictional one! An unexpected take on the prompt.

  7. Draug419 says:

    This is an interesting look into the head of a fictional judge.

  8. jannatwrites says:

    Fair judges are admiral. I’d like to think they were all that conscious of their weighty duties, but I know better 🙂


    Do men have the ability to effect climate change on the planet earth? Are heat waves, cooling temperatures, earth quakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts, gale-force winds, and snow storms the result of man’s mismanagement of the planet?

    Is it not naive and arrogant to assume that puny man can effect climate change? Man-made climate change is a grand hoax, at best.


    Genesis 6:13 The God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.

    Were men responsible for the change in the weather pattern? Yes. Did men effect the change of the weather? No, God caused it to rain for 40 days and 40 nights, not men.

    Genesis 18:20 And the Lord said, :The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave.

    Genesis 19:24 Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven,

    Were men responsible for the weather change in Sodom and Gomorrah? Yes. Did men cause the weather to change? No, God effected the change in the climate.

    1 Kings 8:35 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain; because they have sinned against You….

    Men are sometimes responsible for droughts, however, God effects the weather changes.

    Matthew 27: 51,54 And behold , the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. 54 Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

    Notice, the centurion did not attribute the earth quake to man-made climate change.

    2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

    Men are responsible for the global warming that is coming.

    No amount of green initiatives will stop the final global warming. Puny men will have no effect on the final climate change.



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