This has been kind of a rough week. I can't really go into the details, but, on top of the particular stresses of the individual cases involved, I am just generally swamped. Most of the time, I feel like I have just enough time to handle the case in front of me, with almost no time to actually prepare for the cases down the road. Then yesterday, I was trying to convince the prosecutor to dismiss my client's MIP (minor in possession of alcohol) case. This is not a case of innocence. I can't really discuss what the issues were for why I thought it should be dismissed, but I'll just say that they were not made-up defense attorney reasons--they actually had some real substance to them. The prosecutor wouldn't even consider dismissing. When I asked her "Why?," her response was, "Because it's a crime and I'm a prosecutor." Like she's some sort of robot or something. Roboprosecutor must prosecute every crime! Dismissal is not an option. Must prosecute. Argggghhh!