Maury Wills walked into court, accompanying a young man charged with wire fraud. There was a good heart inside that young man, Wills was sure of it.
Wills had gotten into plenty of trouble in his life, beating back the rugged demons of alcohol and drug addiction. He was a seventy-something man who would stand up for someone a half-century younger, offer to mentor him, try to help him get a job and turn his life around.
Would that have any impact on the judge? Who knew? This was a felony charge.
"I was so elated," Wills said, "when I looked up and saw Andy was presiding over the case."
That would be the Judge Andrew J. Guilford, appointed to...