There is something so sweet about those two words together...NOT and GUILTY.
Let's just break it down:
Not Guilty = Innocent, Guiltless, Not at fault, not responsible, not culpable, blameless...I think that's all my MS Word could come up with...I personally like the Spanish translation Sin Culpa or No Culpable.
Actually, I admit I was a little nervous about this case for several reasons, one being that it was the first time I'd worked on a case that actually went to trial for this particular attorney and he surprisingly hasn't lost a trial in three years! I didn't want to be his investigator on his only loss before he retired at the end of the year (actually he has like three more major trials coming up).
The biggest thing is that our client was simply not guilty. He entered a home belonging to a friend of his and took some clothes that he had there along with his Sony Playstation. Unfortunately the complaining witness called the cops when he saw stuff missing from his house and a neighbor said our client had broken into the home. The cops called our client, told him they wanted to talk to them and he told them he'd meet them at a nearby mall.
Our client drove to the mall with his (to show them that he didn't steal anything) property that the complaining witness had been storing at his home. Our client got the the meeting place and the cop was running late. Our client called the investigating officer on his cell phone asking him what was taking so long. Imagine that...a suspect calling the cops!
The cop said that he had never had someone suspected of stealing something be so ready to meet with him before (NO SHIT SHERLOCK! Our client didn't steal anything!). When the cop showed up at the mall...he arrested our client.
Turns out that when our client had taken a bunch of his own clothes from the apartment, he supposedly took a pair of the complaining witnesses shoes. Our client told the cop it was an accident and at that point it didn't matter. There was also an issue regarding a Sony Playstation that both the CW and our client claimed belonged to them but we were able to bring in witnesses that I'd tracked down that said they had lived with our client in the past and it was HIS Playstation...not the CW's.
Long story short, we got our Not Guilty verdict this afternoon!
Damnit I'm a horrible story teller....this could have been sooo much better. I think I need someone to help me write about my cases to make them easier to understand. Alrighty, I'm bushed and I'm looking at renting a new place soon and I'm gonna go check it out tonight!