Monday, January 28, 2008

Belated update

The jury was out for about 8 hours. They convicted my guy of 3 counts of robbery by intimidation, 4 counts of aggravated assault, hung on the possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and acquitted on the 3 armed robbery counts. The verdict is inconsistent, at the least -- they convicted on the robbery by intimidation, but still found that a gun was involved in the aggravated assault counts. I will not complain too loudly: at least my guy has is afforded the possibility of parole and will accrue good-time credit.

The Judge sentenced my guy to 20 do 15. No history. No one hurt. All property was found at the scene. That seemed awfully steep to me, given the circumstances, and put me in a tail spin for a while. I'll blog more on that later.

I'm getting really, really tired of losing.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Jury's out

I tried a armed robbery/aggravated assault this week. I think it is a fairly good case, despite what the story sounds like at first blush. Four guys get robbed, allegedly by three other guys, and a cop just happens to roll buy and interrupt it. My guy runs. But everything was very confused in the witness statements and descriptions, the evidence wasn't collected very well, and one guy pled guilty.

The jury went out today at 1:30 and will be coming back in the morning.

On another note, this is my 100th post.

Thursday, January 03, 2008


Client: Well, are they going to dismiss the case?

Me: No, no, I don't think so. They want a trial or a plea.

Client: There's no way that they're going to win -- they know that they don't have any evidence. I need to get home.

Me: Well, what concerns me is that the dude is going to say that you pointed a gun in his face and took his stuff. And, if we lose, the Judge is probably going to give you 15 to serve. That's 15 years to the door -- no parole, no good time.

Client: We'll just have to crank it up.