I ended up spending more time than I care to admit creating these stupid things and sending them to friends I hadn't seen in a while. I'm sure they think I've lost it, but what do I care? I've got Chuck Norris and Arnie in the palm of my hand baby!
Are you done creating now? Good. Do you see what I'm talking about? It's quite addicting...or maybe it's just me.
The other thing I wanted to do was respond to a comment made by Anonymous (I really do wish that people would at least make up a name sometimes so I can differentiate from the different anonymous commenters...especially when they pose questions) on Dear Private Citizen And Future Client:.
Good to know if someone has done the crime, they should do whatever it takes to escape the consequences. God forbid they admit to what they've done, or get caught on tape talking to OTHER CRIMINALS telling them to dump stolen property or drugs...
When a client asks to speak to an attorney, and the questioning continues without regard to his constitutional right...it bothers me AND it fires me up more than you would ever imagine! Remember that its up to the Judge/Jury to decide who is guilty of a crime NOT the police officer/detective.
It's amazing to me how a Public Defender Investigator is the first to slam their hand on a desk and demand evidence that will clear their client (even if the evidence is discovered by the evil police), yet will convince a criminal to conceal and/or lie about their crimes.
I'm not gonna lie, I have slammed my hand on a few desks in my day but I find it a little dramatic for everyday use. Also, I hate to be nitpicky but remember they are not criminals until they are convicted. They are Defendants or I like to refer to them as People or Clients.
Most importantly you should know that I WOULD NEVER tell a CLIENT to CONCEAL AND/OR LIE about anything related to their case...most of the time we leave that to the Prosecutor or investigating officer...I kid! I know a good many PDI'S in California and elsewhere, and I can tell you that they are all good, honest people that would never jeopardize their reputation, career, freedom, or a Client's case by lying.
I'm sure there are bad apples. Thankfully I'm not one of them.
Is there any crime that you would hope a client would be caught dead to rights for? If a guy molested a child or raped a woman, would you be more comfortable knowing they kept their mouth shut in an interview and might go free (and I'm saying you *KNOW* without a doubt they are responsible), or would you as a human being be more comfortable if the police were able to develop a rock solid case against them?
Let me be clear here. I am not for an unlawful society and I'm not someone you would consider as Pro-Crime. For gawds sake man, who in their right mind is?!?! If someone has committed a crime, that person should be punished. It's very simple. The thing is, I want people punished appropriately and justly and I don't want law enforcement officers breaking the law...to enforce it. If someone commits a crime, and they are "without a doubt" responsible for it. There is more than a good chance they will be convicted. Why would law enforcement officals need to resort to questionable/illegal tactics in a case like that?
I guess my issue here comes from wanting to see someone who has done what they're accused of, walk free or get out of trouble. I understand it is "innocent until proven guilty", however we've *ALL* seen cases where there is *NO DOUBT* the person is guilty.Say the (Roseville?) incident where the woman was stabbed to death by a stranger while pumping gas into her car... Caught on tape, suspect never left the scene, and was found with blood and the victims purse on him. Is there anyone, (even a PD Invesigator) that doesn't think this guy should go to prison for the rest of his life?
I'm familiar with the case you refer to and yes, If he commited the crime he should be punished. If the judge/jury decide life in prison is where he belongs, then thats where he will go. If they believe he needs to be sent to a psych facility for the rest of his living days then thats where he'll be sent.
When I posted the imaginary letter, I was pretty pissed. We had a client that felt he was getting screwed because he had a crappy attorney and he told her that. She is a Felony attorney that has been practicing law for over 7 years with a good reputation and a thick skin...except for one day last week. The client felt she wasn't doing everything she could to get him out of jail. Without going into any details of the case, he forgot Items 1 thru 5 of my list and her feelings were hurt when he called her about the worst thing you can call a woman (see the letter).
Due to time constraints, I can't really respond to everyones comments but you should know I do appreciate them, regardless of where you stand.