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Posts made in April, 2017

By on Apr 26, 2017 in Communication, Court, Criminal, DUI, Noah Weil, Trial | 0 comments

I’ve had this conversation with a few clients regarding their cases this year, and the issue does seem to come up now and then. So for the definitive blog post on the subject: Trials are not about scoring points. What do I mean about “scoring points?” A point is a successful attack on the other side or the other side’s witness. Get a cop to admit he was wrong about the time of day? That’s a point. Make someone cry on the stand? That’s a point (maybe?). Get some evidence suppressed, regardless of its quality? Point. Your objection was sustained? Two points for Gryffindor the defense! Here’s what doesn’t happen: At the end of the trial all the scores are tallied up. Whoever has the highest score, the jury declares them the winner in the form of “Guilty” or “Not Guilty.”  Here’s what actually happens if you’re trying to acquire points: You pick weird fights and score meaningless victories. The jury listens respectfully and then during deliberations agrees this was a really easy case for them. Then your client goes to jail for a while. Countless times I have had clients come in and talk about the failings of the police officers and the witnesses. And sometimes, those mistakes do matter for a case. But very often, those missteps and typos and flagging memories don’t matter at all. Because my job at trial is not to score points. My job at trial is to win. I don’t care about anything else. They can make my witnesses cry and they can get all their objections sustained. If the jury comes back “Not Guilty,” I win and they lose and my client gets to go home to his family.  My eye is always on that single prize: My client exonerated at trial. If the battles I pick and the blood I draw gets me there, it was a fight worth fighting. If it does nothing to move my case forward, it gets left on the cutting room floor. I’m sympathetic to my clients because 1) they were usually at the scene of the incident and so they know everything that happened, and 2) they have had time to reflect on the injustices done to them. And...

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By on Apr 1, 2017 in Communication, Criminal, Family, Funny, Podcast | 0 comments

For this week’s episode I’m honored to be joined by Evelyn. Evelyn is relatively young in her work but she’s already made an impact in the community with sharing, coloring, and using the potty. I don’t rank the guests on my program but I was particularly impressed with the depth of this interviewee’s knowledge of judicial elections and what we were having for breakfast. This turned out to be one of my favorite interviews. As always, thanks for listening. *** ***               H/t Legendary podcaster Justin McElroy for the inspiration....

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