“Not Guilty”.

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Thank you, 4chan /b/.

For an accused on trial, there’s got to be a whirlwind of emotion.

I can only imagine the feeling, when after months of continuances and delays, the trial finally happens. You’re called to sit next to your attorney, and you sit and listen as the Commonwealth puts on its case.

You hear police testify against you and tell a story that paints you in the worst possible light.

You’re sitting next to your attorney as he cross-examines witnesses, probing the Commonwealth’s case for weaknesses. You try to get his attention as he argues, but he stops you so he can focus on what the witnesses say.

Finally, you hear him argue the facts and the law as best he can – why the Commonwealth hasn’t proven it’s case against you.

You hear him rest. The District Attorney then responds with his own version of facts and the law as he sees it. The DA rests.

The courtroom is silent for a few moments that must feel like an hour. Tension builds as you await the decision. And then out of the judge’s mouth comes the two words that mean your freedom:

“Not guilty”.

(For the defense attorney, it’s a dammed good feeling too).

2 Responses to “Not Guilty”.

  1. John Work says:

    I truly empathize with my own clients (civil cases only) who want to chime in at trial. I know they want to take an active role in their defense (or prosecution as the case may be), but it is exceedingly difficult for an attorney in that position.

    Trial counsel, especially those of us who do not have a platoon of support staff and supporting attorneys with us, must juggle a plethora of issues during the testimonial process: the rules of evidence, the rules of procedure, the rules of ethics, what evidence is being elicited, is it what I need to come out, is it what was said in the deposition that occurred six months prior, whether an exhibit was produced in discovery…the myriad of issues can drown the most seasoned attorney (I don’t count myself in that category).

    In the meantime, you have a client, sitting their next to you on game day, who wants nothing more than to help you win his/her case. They are not only rooting for you, they are not only praying for you (and themselves), but they want to help. That help, sadly, is often treated as a distraction to the attorney. And sometimes, that one observation the client wanted to make, but which was disregarded, could have changed the entire case.

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