Thursday, September 08, 2005

Score one for the good guys

We won our jury trial yesterday. Our client was charged with burglary of a habitation--a second degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. We asked the jury to find him guilty only of criminal trespass to a habitation--a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in county jail. The jury deliberated for about 25 minutes before finding our client guilty of criminal trespass. The judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail which was less than his time already served. I was really impressed with our jury. They really thought critically about the evidence they heard and saw, and I truly believe they reached the right result. After the verdict, and after explaining the verdict to him two or three times, our client, who probably suffered some brain damage from all the blows to the head he received during the incident, asked what time he was supposed to be back the next day. Poor guy. Even though he won't have a felony conviction, he'll be paying for this for the rest of his life.

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