Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The State . . .

You know what has really started to annoy me? When the prosecutor repeatedly refers to herself in the third person as "The State." "The State is very concerned about the respondent's behavior since he has been released from detention." "The State believes the respondent needs to be placed on twelve months probation to ensure that he gets the help he needs." Or, my recent personal favorite, "The State will be on vacation that week, and so is unavailable for trial." Really? The whole State is on vacation that week? Does that mean I don't have to work either? Cool.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judges started it, referring to themselves as 'the court' (in their minds, 'The Court'), while they only preside over trials, and the juries are supposed to be trying the cases, not the judges.

Your counter? Refer to yourself as The Nation.

1/02/2007 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could be in NY or California. 'Cutors call themselves "the people." Some years ago, a Seattle city attorney began her opening statement, "I represente the people of the City of Seattle." Objection was overruled. Defense counsel then began: "I'm a public defender. I represent the people of the City of Seattle. One at a time."

1/02/2007 7:36 PM  
Blogger Gideon's Guardians said...

Our ADA like to refer to herself as "WE" as in WE feel the Defendant, WE will be on vacation. I on the record on less that a sunny day asked the Court if the DA had a mouse in her pocket since she kept refering to herself as WE. I got a good chuckle from the bench.
Janet

1/04/2007 12:53 PM  

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