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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 8, 2011 During a period of less than two years there were three unfortunates or "pagliacci" that served as emperor of the Roman world after the death of Nero. The first of these men was Servius Galba. He was born in the year 3 B.C. near Tarracina (now called Terracina). The town was situated 58 miles southeast of Rome on the Appian Way. We are told that when he was a young boy he visited Emperor Augustus with other youngsters of his age an the emperor pinched his cheek while implying that Galba would also have a nibble at the imperial power. Augustus, however, did not realize at the time how small and how bitter the nibble would be. During later years when Tiberius heard of Augustus' prediction, the second emperor said "we'll let him live as this does not concern me." While a young man, Galba had many dreams of good for- tune that would come to him in later years. His schooling included law as well as the liberal arts. Later, when he lost his wife, Lepida, he remained a widower and became a switch hitter for the rest of his life. GALBA THE NIBBLER Livia, the surviving wife of Augustus, held Galba in great favor, and he in turn greatly respected her. Livia's will provided for Galba to receive about two and one-half mil- lion dollars but because the amount was shown in fig- ures and not written out in longhand, Tiberius, who was her legal heir, had this sum reduced to twenty-five thousand, and later it was reduced to zero. Galba began his public career when approximately thirty years of age, served as Governor of the of Aquitania, became a consul, and then was appointed governor of upper Germany by Caligula. He governed the area with .a firm hand; stopping all requests for furloughs, con- ditioning the troops by plenty of hard work, and quickly checking the barbarians who had begun to penetrate into Gaul. His troops became so well disciplined that he received high commen- dation during a visit by Caligula. Also, it was during this visit that Galba, shield in hand, ran for 20 miles close beside the emperor's chariot. After the murder of Caligula, friends had urged Galba to take advantage of the situation, but he pre- ferred to remain quiet and not to interfere with the ascension of Claudius to the imperial throne. This action place Galba in particularly high favor with the new administration and he be- came and intimate friend to the new emperor. Galba was active in Claudius' British campaign, and later became a special choice to govern a troubled Roman province in Africa. Here again he was success- ful because of his strict dis- ciplining and the observance of justice in all matters. Examples of his fairness and impartiality are related in the story of one soldier who was refused extra rations and consequently died of starvation because he sold some of his provisions for a sum of money. A second story tells of a dispute between two men over the ownership of a beast of burden. The beast was blindfolded and led to its usual watering hole. The blindfold was removed, and ownership was granted to the person to whom the beast returned after drinking. NEXT WEEK: The Pathetic Galba Boston Attorney Recognized for Commitment to Pro Bono; Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Honors Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero International law firm Nixon Peabody LLP is pleased to announce that the Law- yers' Committee for Civil Rights has recognized Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero for his outstanding pro bono service and presented him with the Pro Bono Recogni- tion Award. Mr. Rauseo- Ricupero is being recognized for his commitment to civil rights and the public inter- est, illustrated through serv- ing as a member of the firm's Pro Bono Committee and in personally ,dedicating more than 260 hours to pro bono matters. Mr. Rauseo-Ricupero is a member of the firm's Com- mercial Litigation practice and focuses his practice on complex litigation and arbi- f tration matters, including government investigations relating to civil and criminal fraud and abuse, contract disputes, franchise disputes, and health care compliance issues. NOBILE INSURANCE ALBANO F. PONTE, CEP Financial and Estate Planning Email a fponte @ msn. com Phone 617-320-0022 MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU ARLINGTON 148A Massachusetts Avenue Arlington, MA 02474 (781) 646-1200 Fax (781) 646-1148 BOSTON 30 Prince Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-6766 Fax (617) 523-0078 MEDFORD 39 Salem Street Medford, MA 02155 (781) 395-4200 Fax (781) 391-8493 , J Ronaldo currently repre- sents a Chilean deportee through the Boston College Law School's Post-Deporta- tion Human Rights Project, as well as a Guatemalan asylum-seeker facing death threats and persecution if he is deported. Ronaldo also advocates for clients with is- sues ranging from removal of a "terrorist" designation for a former Guantanamo Bay detainee to protection for parents who advocate for special education students. Ronaldo has co-captained Nixon Peabody's participa- tion in the annual Walk to the Hill for Legal Aid event, and he serves as the firms primary contact for Jobs for the Future and for Jewish Families and Children's Services. Mr. Rauseo-Ricupero is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Massachu- setts Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys. During law school, Mr. Rauseo-Ricupero was a member of the Latino- American Law Students Association, earned a Uni- versity Certificate in Hu- man Rights Law, and was named the Public Interest Law Foundation's Student of the Year. Mr. Rauseo- Ricupero is admitted to prac- (Continued on Page 14) Res Publica by David Trumbull The King is Dead, Long Live the King Over the recent Independence Day weekend Mary and I enjoyed a break from work-a-day duties and time to reflect on American freedom, a reflection that took me back to this column, originally written a decade ago for another -- sadly defunct -- publication. The message is as timely now as it was then, so I present it, in abridged form, for Post-Gazette readers We were cold, damp, and sore standing in the mud and rain -- and we loved it! We were present to see George W. Bush take the oath of office as the 43 rd President of the United States. "The peaceful transfer of authority is rare in history, yet common in our country," began President Bush in his inaugural speech. And I wondered, do Ameri- cans really appreciate just how exceptional we are? Then I remembered the election of 1992. The security guard of my building was from Sudan. He was fascinated by everything about America, including our political system, and was thrilled when I gave him a copy of the U.S. Constitution and a civics book for persons preparing for citizenship. Although he could not vote in it, he followed that election more closely than many Americans. When Bush lost, and on January 20, 1993, President Clinton was sworn into office, Sayid was as disappointed as I. But his reaction was different from mine. I was saddened, Sayid, on the other hand, was amazed by the transition -- amazed that the most powerful man in the world would leave office without a fight. There were no assassinations, no blood in the street, none of the usual mayhem that accompanies the transfer of power in much of the world. Sayid taught me a lesson that the citizenship books could not convey -- that the peaceful transfer of power is indeed rare in history. We take for granted that a new President is elected and the former President steps aside. It took a long time to get to this point. In times past the old leader would be killed in order to secure the position of the new leader. The writers of our Constitution advocated a risky scheme based on the largely untested theory that we could give a man the power of the presidency and trust him to lay it down at the end of his term of four years. And it worked! First Anniversary Mass in Honor of Fr. Thomas Nicastro, O.F.M. First Anniversary Mass in honor of Fr. Thomas Nicastro, O.F.M., former principal of Christopher Columbus High School will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at Noon in St. Leonard Church. All are invited to attend. LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113