Correspondence from an unhappy customer
I can tell you until I'm blue in the face how our clients hate us and think we're in conspiracies to subvert their rights and try to win points with the DA to get convictions, but perhaps just passing along this little correspondence from reader SM will give you the best insight.
Why do you call yourselves public defenders when all you really do is make a deal with the DA before you even speak to your clients and then coerce your clients by the use of the "fear factor" into taking the offered deal. Is it the "win/win" for both sides that really gives you the best feeling at the end of the day? Or just the brownie points you can rack up at the expense of your clients who believe they are actually get what the constitution affords them.....innocent until proven guilty in a court of law?
And you guys think I must make all this stuff up.
As an aside, the biggest nightmare for the court or a DA is when a client of ours decides to go "pro per," or represent themselves. Why? Because now they get all this stuff unfiltered. So, when I have my bigger pain in the neck clients that go pro per, I'm happy on two fronts. It's one less pain in the neck that I Have to deal with, and the pain has been shifted on the necks of the people who deserve it the most, the ones actually trying to put my client away, rather than those trying to help him.
Now that's justice!
The only thing I hate is when I have a client with a good case who goes pro per, and I can't talk him out of it, knowing that it is going to screw him