Wednesday, May 27, 2015

REPOST: I Want the Truth! (Or Just an NG.)

This was originally posted in April 2014, but my case got continued that week.  
Now more than a year later, I'm FINALLY getting to try the case today that prompted this post initially!

UPDATE:  After winning a pretrial motion and getting much of the state's case excluded, they offered my client a reduced plea with unsupervised probation.  So, he took it.  No trial after all, but still a victory.

There's nothing more exciting in the life of a lawyer than a jury trial.  When I was young, I'd watch Law & Order and dream of being Jack McCoy.  As I got older, I wanted to be Lieutenant Daniel Caffey in A Few Good Men, which is still one of my all-time favorite movies.
These days, my trial attorney hero is Mickey Haller of The Lincoln Lawyer.  I just don't want his clients...
This week, I'll be in a jury trial-- only the second of my career.  My first came only about a year after I started practicing, and I've been antsy for another one ever since.  My case this week isn't the strongest, but as long as I have something to argue, I'm set.  

I managed to hold off the nerves and anxiety through the weekend, but now that I'm in the office and making final preparations, I can feel the adrenaline and nerves starting up.  There's no rush quite like beginning an opening statement to a jury.  Except maybe hearing the words, "not guilty."


  1. Ooooh, sending lots of luck and good vibes your way today lady!!

  2. Good luck!

    I was on a jury 4 years ago, first one ever and eventually we all were told they picked teachers and women because we are the most caring. By this time, the case was 4 years old and the one lawyer had a paralegal with her so that wasn't odd; the other lawyer had 3 other lawyers with her and you could tell she wasn't too sure what was going on. I told someone I think this is her first case...sure enough in the closing statements she told us that it was her first case and her dad was here to fight for her if she got tongue tied. My mouth fell open because I wouldn't think you'd want to tell the jury that you've never really done this before.

    I think being a lawyer could be fun! :)