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Posts made in January, 2017

By on Jan 27, 2017 in Civil Rights, Communication, Constitution, Court, Criminal, Judges, Jury, Negotiation, Police, Sentencing/Penalties, Trial | 0 comments

Innocence is the worst. Now don’t get me wrong, innocent people are great. Unlike some people in the criminal justice system, they committed no crime. We can’t say that about everyone involved in the system. But for me and my work as a criminal defense attorney, I have a real problem with when I work with innocent people, because that means an innocent person was charged with a crime. When an innocent person is charged with a crime, it means something has gone wrong. The dirty secret of the criminal justice system? Innocent people are charged with crimes all the time! And then it falls on my shoulders to take a bad situation (innocent person charged with a crime) and try to stop it from turning into a tragedy (innocent person convicted of a crime). That’s a lot of pressure! Stupid innocence.  To be sure, it is literally my job to defend people charged with crimes. And I really, really like my job. And I think I’m pretty good at it.  But innocent people, those poor guys, are in a nightmare scenario. The system has already failed them. They were arrested. They may have spent some time in jail. They had to hire a lawyer. And they definitely have to keep coming to court, being reminded over and over again of the nightmare, until the case is over. When will it be over? Maybe when the case gets dropped. Or maybe when they plead guilty and admit to doing something they didn’t do. Or maybe when a jury of their peers says they’re guilty of the crime! The sense of powerlessness, of the monstrous  gears of justice grinding you into a fine powder, is just overwhelming. Where do I come in? Now I am the one tasked with throwing a monkey wrench into those gears until the innocent person is safe and free. There is no one else. I had a couple memorable cases with innocent people recently. In the first the person asserted his trial rights and faced his accuser. The accuser’s story was full of holes. The police investigation was incompetent to the point of being laughable. The jury found him guilty. In the second I dug up records, pointed out holes in the accuser’s...

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