relates the story of a female client asking him out
. While neither office policy nor the disciplinary rules in his state prohibit such an encounter, he politely declined, on account of her being accused of attacking her previous boyfriend with a knife. What about the presumption of innocence, I ask! Seriously, though, I imagine this is something just about every public defender practicing long enough has experienced. My personal favorite was when a client whose case I had resolved with a plea bargain a couple weeks before showed up at my office with flowers for me. I insisted that such a gesture was not necessary, I was just doing my job, yada yada yada. But, he insisted on giving them to me and proceeded to tell me how intelligent and understanding I was. As he continued his very brief courtship of me, the following thought ran through my head: You know I know you tried to strangle your pregnant girlfriend, right? Alas, I have managed to unknowingly move myself from a state in which romantic relationships with clients are permitted to one in which it's a definite no-no. It's always nice to have disciplinary rules to save you from yourself.
(Thanks to Skelly
for the tip.)