Posted Sep 14, 2007 02:11 am CDT
There is a sad ending to the story of “Justice,” a life-size fiberglass mule holding the scales of justice dangling from its mouth that has served as a mascot to a Scranton, Pa., law firm for the last four years.
Stolen over the weekend from the front porch of Scartelli, Distasio & Kowalski (to which the mascot had been bolted after an earlier vandalism attempt), Justice—or, more accurately, part of Justice—was reportedly found today in a sorry state. After police arrested a bank robbery suspect near railroad tracks under Lackawanna Avenue, a bystander noticed several pieces of the mule statue were lying on the ground there and alerted police, reports Channel 16, a local television station, on its Web site. Authorities are still seeking a suspect, or suspects, in the mule-mascot case.
As discussed in an earlier ABAJournal.com post, there has been widespread publicity over the abduction of Justice, and because of it, the bystander quickly made the connection between the fiberglass shards and the missing mule. The man who spotted them, Joe Strein, reportedly will get a $500 reward.