Monday, October 10, 2005

Back in Action

Welcome me back everyone, because I'm back in action. Don't ask me where I've been of late, because I have no clue. Actually, that's not entirely true. I have been very busy at work over the last month and a half, and I have been in trial for over a week in a very serious case where I feel my client should walk. I also think that if I give too many details right now, I'll get outed. So far, I've been figured out by a few people around the office. They've kept it quiet, but I know, sooner or later, it'll become general knowledge.

So today, my question is: why anonymity, and does it matter.

Obviosly I have my views on this, since I've kept myself anonymous for this long, and work a bit to keep it that way. I generally feel that being anonymous, it gives me greater freedom to spout off my opinions. Not complete freedom though. Obviously, since I can be figured out, I have to show some discretion over what I say. I can't go and reveal client confidences that would make a difference and that could be traced to a specific client. However, being anonymous, it gives me greater freedom to say something like "my client in a recent murder case said...." It would be pretty hard for that to trace back to a specific client (as long as the comment wasn't too specific). It gives me freedom to criticize generic DAs without revealing who they are. A long while back I was in trial on a special circumstance murder case and railed against the DA at length. If I wasn't anonymous, that would immediately trace back to the DA, and could possibly harm my client.

On the other hand, keeping anonymous has been difficult. I can't be too specific about a case that I've handled, and I can't be too specific about where I am. Otherwise, it will be figured out pretty quickly (even the general clues that I've dropped over the years have resulted in a couple of people figuring me out - but they're friends, so they're not saying anything).

I like being able to speak freely and not worry about what people are thinking about me, as well as what they are saying about the blog and the things I write when I do so. Perhaps I don't like drawing attention to myself, and that would keep me from jumping front/center with attention to who I am.

I am curious about how revealing themselves has worked out for people who previously were anonymous and are now revealed, and for those who were never anonymous in the first place. People such as Patterico work in my field (perhaps very close to my home????) and have come out of anonymity, I'm curious how it affects him (he gets far more hits than I do, and he has branched out as a general conservative political blogger).

I also wonder if my anonymity has kept me imprisoned in this role of discussing mostly legal/criminal issues, and if coming out frees people from some of those constraints. I've received in general very poor reaction to discussion about off-topic issues, perhaps because people either don't think much of my opinions, or don't come to this blog for that purpose. I have a lot of strong views on a lot of different subjects, but have mostly kept them to myself on this blog in part because I'm only seen as "Public Defender Dude."

Anyways, for my regular host of readers who have stuck by me through my long hiatus, I thank you. Pass the word along that I'm back, so feel free to check back soon, and you'll see more rantings from PD Dude.


Anonymous said...

This is really an interesting inquiry. I have written both a newsletter that is not anonymous and now a blog that is not anonymous. They aren't about my own cases. And I've never written about my own ongoing cases or commented on them. I'm happy, as I'm sure you are, to stand publicly behind whatever I write, but I can see how your talking about ongoing cases wouldn't be a good idea for your clients. In those cases, and probably in other circumstances anonymity has its purposes. Sometimes, like this comment, it's just silly.

Melissa said...

I've been told to shut down my blog. By the executive director of our outfit here. Now, I make my posts generic, write under a pseudonym and otherwise protect the more personal posts.

Sanchovilla said...

Welcome back! I love the anonymity and have had a few "scares" in the last couple of months that really made me take a step back and be more careful about what I write. The most recent concern over being outed actually had me considering putting a stop to my blogging completely...tough decision.

laurajd said...
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laurajd said...

Good to see you again! Hope that all is well.

I prefer that you keep your ID anonymous. I practice law myself, and perhaps the notion of reading more than I should -- the possibility of breaching client confidentiality -- just gives me hives. In any event, carry on, and welcome back!

P.S. -- Talk about anything you want.

Patterico said...

Hasn't caused me any problems . . . yet.

PD Dude said...

Patterico, just wait until you slam Cooley, or worse, one of the petty little dictators lower down in your office, on your blog. I realize your blog has gone way beyond crime and LA County at this point, but you have to admit, you'd be loath to overly slam some head deputy for one of their decisions now that you're "outed." In your office, it's even worse, the way they nail people who fall out of political favor. Just look at where some of those who have gone public over issues have ended up. Can you say "Valley of the Antelopes?" "Freeway therapy?" I don't know if you're a 2, 3, or 4, but promotion in your office is tough enough without pissing someone off.

I haven't had the reason to slam anyone from either of the PD Offices where I work, but I know that even to slam someone from the other PD office from which I work would be tough to do anonymously, let alone publicly, and especially if I had your readership.

avacadojer said...

I'll be enrolling in law school next fall, and I'm trying to determine which direction I might want to go career-wise. One path I'm considering is that of a public defender. If it's not too inconvenient, I'd be quite interested in what it's like to be a public defender.

Any advice you can give will be greatly appreciated.

Patterico said...

Patterico, just wait until you slam Cooley, or worse, one of the petty little dictators lower down in your office, on your blog. I realize your blog has gone way beyond crime and LA County at this point, but you have to admit, you'd be loath to overly slam some head deputy for one of their decisions now that you're "outed."

Not gonna happen. Of course, I *love* my head deputy anyway, so it's a moot point. :) (In all seriousness, he's a good guy.) But even if I didn't, or if I had a problem with anyone in my office (in management or otherwise), it would just be stupid to complain about it on my blog. So you're not going to see that happen.

Does it mean I'm limited in what I can discuss. Oh, I suppose, in theory. But even applying this self-imposed rule, I haven't run out of things to talk about.

indigent said...

I think the anonymity is very liberating. As for what you post, I think you're right: being the Public Defender Dude kind of puts you in a box about what people may expect.

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11/24/2006 4:33 PM

Anonymous said...
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Mary gave George Kennedy a 911" Greenwood.

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12/06/2006 5:01 PM

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