Where have all the good cases gone.....?
.....to private counsel!!!
Seems as if every time I get a good case, where the defendant has some really good issues and I think I can win at trial (or that he may be innocent, or at least not guilty of the charges), the conversation turns something like this:
Defendant: "Well, I really appreciate all the good work you're doing."
Me: "Hey, I'm doing my job, but it's the least I can do, and I'll keep doing everything I can for you."
Defendant: "So, my family and I were talking, and we thought we may go and hire a real lawyer to represent me on this case."
Me: (thinking - "You stupid piece of shit, all this work I've done and you're going go and hire a 'real' lawyer, as if I'm dogshit and haven't been doing anything all this time, and he's going to go and screw up your case since you're not going to be able to pay him much money anyways") speaking - "Do what you have to do, but I'm more than happy to represent you, and by the way, I am a real lawyer, and have probably done far more cases than any lawyer you're going to hire, but you go ahead and do what you think you need to do."
Defendant: "Uh, okay."
Next court date, some crappy lawyer substitutes in, looks at all of the work I've done and what I've accomplished, goes to the Defendant and tells him that he's going fight the case real hard, and look at all the stuff he's already done for him. Defendant, too stupid to know the difference, thanks God that he hired that private lawyer.
I, on the other hand, am still stuck with all of those piece of crap cases where the person is dead to rights on a life case, with a confession, videotaped murder, or some other appallingly bad set of facts that is going to leave me stuck in trial for 2 weeks sitting next to a guy that will make the jury so angry they'll come back with a verdict of guilty towards both him and me. The good case, however, along with all of the hard work I've done, will be in the hands of that private lawyer who's getting all of the credit for the work I did.
So I have one of those great cases, one where I've done a huge amount of work, where I know I can win the case, where the trial will be really fun - loads of strategizing and surprises, and sure enough, the sister calls me and starts talking about a real lawyer. Well, I'm crossing my fingers it doesn't happen. I just had a private lawyer substitute me out of one of those terrible cases the other day, maybe I have some kharma going. More later.
BTW - You may remember how much I hate that crooked "gang expert testimony" by cops just trying to say anything to get a conviction? Well, that will be a major issue in this case, and I'm just lying in wait ready to mess them up. Last time I was lying in wait, it worked on a special circumstance murder case. Maybe again?