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6.23.2008

Minding My Own Business



So I'm at docket this morning in the district court in Decatur - sitting in the back of the room as I tend to do. (You can learn more from back there.) I noticed that a lady, who looked extremely poor, had applied for a court appointed lawyer. This causes a time of great tension amongst the lawyer types in the courtroom since most of us don't exactly enjoy court appointments. So we all held our collective breaths when, as the life force was sucked out of me, the judge called my name. It's like being drafted to fight in a war that moments earlier you didn't even know was going on.

So as I walked up to meet my new client, the assistant DA whispers in my ear, "The offer is 12." That means 12 years. And although I was totally beaten down at this point, I was able to utter a slight bit of a tension breaker by asking, "Who'd she kill?" (You gotta know who you can joke with and who you can't - and I at least knew this would at least get a smile, It did. But it didn't change anything.)

By the way, the actual charge was dope.

But look what happened to my life in a matter of moments: I was minding my own business and then within 45 seconds I'm representing some girl that the State wants to send to the pen. How in the heck did that happen on a Monday morning?

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know your busy with your new client, but your email link is not working and I have a question. How do I find a similar blog in th e Wichita Falls area. Do you know of any.

Anonymous said...

Try this 1:59PM - copy and paste in your browser (I'm not smart enough to do link pops):

http://wfallstalk.6.forumer.com/index.php

It's a WF forum, and surely some of those nice folks would be able to guide you to such things.

Anonymous said...

Should have said,"12 months for dope? Sounds a little excessive but, to put this behind my client we'll take it."

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Remote Controller said...

Apparently she killed someone over dope? Why would I pay for a user for 12 years? I want the cartel behind bars and the pushers that kill people, not little orphan Annie all cracked out!
Can I start diverting my tax payments to to somewhere else? Or better yet, Can I pick out which criminals in prison I can pay for? (like a line up or car dealership)

Anonymous said...

Man, how do you put up with this crap? It's a real b*tch to have to give something back to society. Don't they know that you had to get back to your blog?

Anonymous said...

I was going to try and stir up some trouble here by posting a tacky joke related to Tim Russerts death. I'm sure they out there but, I went through pages of search results and couldn't find anything. Man,that must have been one decent human being.

wordkyle said...

Wrong place, wrong time, wrong profession.

Anonymous said...

How much does it cost the taxpayers for a court appointed attorney? (and yes I believe she should have an attorney, just wondering about the cost)

goober said...

How the heck did this happen on Monady morning? Just lucky, I guess.

Anonymous said...

You said, "Who did she kill?"
Do we have to wait until she kills someone? Is a life only worth 12 to you? I doubt she is a first timer if she is being offered 12.
What if she kills someone with her car because she is high? I guess we should all just be careful when we see her on the road. Give me a break!

Anonymous said...

I guess with all things equal,nothing would be unequal I guess.

Anonymous said...

when will they start locking up the real scum,you know, bankers,lawyers,politicians,alvoid school administrators..

Anonymous said...

3:31 i'm guessing it cost taxpayers several hundred dollars per hr.,what say you BG?

Jarhead said...

I believe she should be sentenced to 12 years for being a dope. There's just no excuse for being a dope.

Wait...

Anonymous said...

The offer of 12 for dope requires a little more information. First timer? Multiple? How many? How much? What part of the system was she involved with?

Maybe 12 is light if the degree of her crimes merits it. And I'm a liberal!

Anonymous said...

2:27 you should be a public defender, that was genius, 3:46 you are either a law school student that can't wait for his first prosecutors job or a rightwing nutjob. 12 years in prison will do nothing for the offender who is probably a victim rather than a hardcore drug pusher as you seem to think. While a few months or a year behind bars will be just enough to get that person off the streets and off the welfare rolls which will not happen if she gets a lengthy sentence. The longer someone stays, the more they get used to living free of responsibility.
The drug war is a joke. Our politicians want it to continue because counties and cities make money off of it and it fuels some economies because of the illegality driving up the price. Drug dealers don't pay taxes but usually spend the money they make relatively quickly. If it was legal the lure of the easy money would go away. It's not going to go away with the enforcement policies making the price go up. There is always going to be some moron that wants to make an easy buck.

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Anonymous said...

You are a Snob.

Anonymous said...

2:11PM, don't direct people to that hole of a forum. The only thing they'll tell you there is how much of a bigoted racist you can become.

Anonymous said...

"I noticed that a lady, who looked extremely poor, had applied for a court appointed lawyer. "

Barry, that right there brought a tear to my eye. Honest. If I were a lawyer or a doctor, I wouldn't think twice about giving my all to help that kind of person, despite how despicable they might end up being. I call it being the eternal optimist, which I try to be.

Love,
Anonynothing Whatever, A Liberal Weenie

P.S. You heartless, right-wing, booger-eating moron nutcases can kiss my happy a$$!

Kevin L. Henry said...

Is this really appropriate for the blog? You know why we make offers and you know what we base the offers on. The only alternative is to set it for trial and let a jury decide what is appropriate. Carrying on in the blog about our offers will not help anything.

Anonymous said...

I bet Barry has been scratching his head for the past 20 or so years wondering what the alternative is to a plea bargain. Where was this doofus found? He looks simple. Is he a brain injured person and blogging is part of his rehab or something?

Anonymous said...

Give em' hell K-Hen.

What some folks fail to remember is that Barry was a persecutor at one time. What would you give her Barry? Probation? Probably not attractive enough, huh? Maybe if she was a hot blonde, probation then....

YOU SUCK

Anonymous said...

How does this post not violate client attorney confidentiality?

Anonymous said...

11:54 Maybe because it was an anonymous,vague comment about a nondescript person that included no details of the case?

Anonymous said...

Patrick Henry,easy there tiger. Thanks to Barry we all already know who you are and where you fall into the scheme of things.

Anonymous said...

11:34
How many cases were appointed to public defenders regarding a woman brought up on drug charges. It's not vague enough. We're not talking about this being discussed amongst attorneys but the general public. It may have well been posted on the front page of the messenger. And to top it all off it discusses the appointed attorney's emotional disregard for the client and her case. I'm not saying that every attorney needs to be emotionally attached to his client but at the least needs to make them feel as if he is willing to work for them, court appointed client or paying client, it doesn't matter.

Anonymous said...

3:09 living proof people will believe whatever they want to believe. Strange,very strange.

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Anonymous said...

WHO IS IT A DAVILA? OR THE CHAPMAN CHICK?? EITHER WAY I BET THERE ARE LITTLE KIDS INVOLVED WITH WHOM EVER AND SOME ONE WHO GETS OFFERED 12 YEARS SURELY HAS BEEN DOING THE CRAP FOR AT LEAST THAT LONG!!!!
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