Tuesday, September 12, 2006

To the hypothetical mother of my hypothetical client . . .

I am sorry that I am not willing to just plead your son out to probation. I apologize that I feel it is my obligation to have his competency and capacity to stand trial evaluated in light of the fact that he did not appear to understand a word I was saying during our lengthy discussion about his case. I am sorry that, in order to undertake this evaluation, the expert will have to view medical records that "dredge up" dirt on you (perhaps including your drug and alcohol use during pregnancy) that you don't think is anyone's business, even if those medical records are essential to determining the capacity of your child to understand the complicated court proceedings in which he is involved. I am sorry that I must represent my client's interests only and not be concerned about you looking bad. Most of all, I apologize that I seem to have forgotten that this case was all about you.

5 Comments:

Blogger Windypundit said...

"I am sorry..."
"I am sorry..."
"I am sorry..."

Somehow, I don't think you're really sorry.

9/12/2006 6:55 PM  
Blogger 123txpublicdefender123 said...

What? You sensed some sarcasm there?

9/13/2006 8:06 AM  
Blogger Windypundit said...

little bit

9/13/2006 3:08 PM  
Blogger swd said...

God bless you for working with juveniles.

9/14/2006 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel so sad for your clients. Even though you WERE polite and ethical enough to not mention his/her name, here you are bashing their family online. Is that an example of a zealous advocate or one who is out for e-justification.

Look somewhere else for your justification, you're not getting any from me.

Let's not forget, the case isn't about YOU either.

10/01/2006 6:35 AM  

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