"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Delay, Delay, Delay

Yesterday in court a weather-beaten older female defendant was on my docket charged with "defrauding an innkeeper;" or simply put, getting pizzas and not paying for them.

She was very loud, argumentative, and assertive with the judge, who was patiently trying to assess her need for an attorney.  It quickly became clear to the judge that the woman might have mental issues.  So in a little bench-side competency analysis, the judge asked her if she knew what day it was, where she was, and what the judge's role was.  After answering all these questions correctly, the judge asked what the woman thought a defense attorney's role in the process is.

Our learned defendant boomed out, "delay, delay, delay, that's all they're good for!"

The judge had no other questions about the woman's understanding of the criminal process after that astute answer.

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