Sunday, November 20, 2011

The System Does Work

Wow!!! A loooong time since my last post.

New office, new clients. I've been reassigned to a smaller office, only two attorneys. Luckily, I was able to take a good friend with me. The secretaries are great, unbelievable actually. They seem to know what to do before I tell them. Which is very refreshing!

New clients. New to me, but not the office. My secretaries have been there for years, having grown up in the county. It's interesting to hear the stories that lead up my current representation.

My first jury trial in almost three years. Not that I chose that, but doing juvenile and mental health cases, things just worked out that way.

While I have issues with my state attorney, I have to give him props. He's young. He's inexperienced. He did some work with a questionable defense attorney. But! It is the first time that I have ever received a "Notice of Production of Favorable Evidence." A witness, 12 years old, that says my client didn't start the incident that led to his battery charge.

My client, a local "transient," well know to law enforcement. A diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, unmedicated for six months. But well aware of his rights, the players, the situation. With a history of acting out, talking to himself, making threatening statements without provocation. He sat patiently, quietly and attentive throughout the trial.

ALL the evidence came out. Thanks to the ethical prosecutor that disclosed the new information. And my client was found not guilty. He walked out of the court room with a quiet, quite unexpected "thank you."

This young, inexperienced state attorney gave my client the fairest trial I've been part of in ten years. And the system worked. And I like my new county.

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