U.S. Circuit Judge Gustavo A. Gelpi
c/o U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st District
John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way
Boston, MA 02210
Dear U.S. Circuit Judge Gelpi,
My name is Matt Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan and I have a strong interest in learning history, social justice, and criminal justice reform. In these subjects, I like to learn the need for civil rights to be stronger to reduce discrimination, have criminal justice reform to help protect people’s rights while reduce crime, and many others. U.S. Circuit Judge Gelpi, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find your work in the judicial system to be very inspiring to me.
When you served as Puerto Rico Solicitor General from 1999-2000, I liked on how you supported advancing civil rights by advocating for people with disabilities’ rights, working with the Puerto Rico Attorney General office to expand on laws to combat against hate crimes to help protect minorities including people who are different, and investigating public places that practice different forms of discrimination or violate civil rights. In your role as U.S. District Judge for the U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico from 2006-2021, I liked on how you were a continuous supporter of civil rights and support criminal justice reform. Supporting drug treatment programs to help drug users get the care they need to reduce drug abuse and expressing along with supporting the need for funds to improve DNA testing f including forensic science to help solve evidence including cases efficiently while reduce sending an innocent person to jail is common sense for criminal justice reform. In October 2021, I was amazed on how you made history on becoming the first Hispanic to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. In your current role as U.S. Circuit Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st District, I like on how you are a continuous supporter of civil rights including people with disabilities’ rights and expanding on criminal justice reform. Another thing that I like about your work in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st District is how you are a strong supporter of protecting civil liberties like the fourth amendment to help protect people from unreasonable searches and express the need for ethics reform to reduce judicial misconduct including police misconduct to reduce corruption.
U.S. Circuit Judge Gelpi, I have autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different advance subjects, sometimes I struggle to communicate my thoughts in different settings or social situations, and get teased. Your commitment to be a strong supporter of civil rights including people with disabilities’ rights really inspires me to work hard on my disability. Your role as former Puerto Rico Solicitor General, as former U.S. District Judge for the U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico, and as current U.S. Circuit Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st District gives helps give me motivation to continue to learn history, criminal justice reform, and social justice. My future goal is to work in these areas to help emphasize the need for civil rights to be stronger to reduce discrimination, have criminal justice reform to help protect people’s rights while reduce crime, and many others. Also on YouTube I enjoy watching an interview of you talking about serving in the judicial system, your life story as a Hispanic in Puerto Rico, and ideas to improve society.
I strongly believe that you are making a great difference in the judicial system. I’m very proud on how you are working hard to support civil rights, push along with advocate for criminal justice reform, and many others. You truly inspire me to work hard on my disability, learn more about your work and continue to learn different subjects. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to make a great difference, and inspiring me. Please continue to advocate and push for common sense ideas to improve the judicial system.