Daily Archives: August 6, 2007

Trial blinders

Every time I’m on trial – without fail – the blinders come on. Regardless of what I thought of the case weeks before trial, during the investigation, during brainstorming sessions, during preparation for the trial itself, the second that courtroom is open, the second that first witness is sworn in, I am convinced. We have the perfect defense; the facts are in our favor; we have to win.

Of course, this euphoria subsequently subsides (usually accompanied by an unfavorable verdict), but for that brief period, for those fleeting moments (or long, drawn out days), I believe.

Does anyone else experience this or am I just an oddity?

Monday Morning Jumpstart


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It’s going to be a busy week, so here’s some stuff to get you in the mood:

  • CDW’s weekly roundup is back and also has good news on two death row inmates: Greg Wright and Troy Davis.
  • Grits is doing his usual terrific work, including this post about how one county is making it extremely difficult for low-income defendants to get appointed lawyers.
  • Scott at Simple Justice takes last week’s jumpstart post about sex offender status on drivers’ licenses in Florida and expands it into a discussion of shaming as a punishment.
  • Blonde Justice uses two examples of kids who die after being left in cars and the ensuing prosecutions to discuss sentencing disparities.
  • SexCrimes has a roundup and analysis (via other sources) of “the pedophile blogger” and whether legal action is available.
  • Anne Reed writes about the old days, when peremptory strikes ruled the Earth.
  • Stephen Gustitis at The Defense Perspective is writing a great series of posts on building the persuasive case. These are the two most recent posts.

Enjoy! If you find anything else that I missed, leave a link in the comments!

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