I really like Public Defender Dude’s weblog. He provides a window into a secret world. And lately that world got a lot more interesting:
I wrote earlier about the murder client I represent where DNA evidence that could exonerate him sits untested by the prosecution (they will not attempt to get a sample of a 3rd party who was identified as the shooter by one witness but against whom they chose not to pursue charges, since any evidence gathered against him would only harm the case against my client). Well, believe it or not, despite the fact that my client is very likely not the person who did this shooting (I am convinced, for the first time in any murder case I’ve ever had, that my client is innocent), the case is now in trial.
People have asked me in the past “how do you sleep representing a guilty person?” My easy answer is “a lot better than I have this last week.”