Carry Me


I’ve written before about the annoying (and unexceptional) experience of being set for trial, coming to court prepared for trial, and then having the trial continued or reset because the State is not ready, or the court wants to do something else, or the court reporter is out sick.

Slightly more irksome is going to court on Monday morning prepared for trial, trial box loaded, big white notepad under your arm, Spiderman bandaid on your finger, nasty surprises for the State prepared, hair cut, boots shined (more or less), and calendar cleared, only to be told that you are third in line for trial in that court that week, and that you should come back Wednesday afternoon. You are, in the argot, carried till Wednesday.

And then returning on Wednesday afternoon, equally prepared (the criminal-defense lawyer’s credo: always ready, seldom prepared), to be told that now you are second in line for trial in that court that week, but that of course the court won’t be picking more than one jury, so thanks very much for being available and now we’re resetting your case till June.

(In case you were wondering, this is what happened to our trial that was set Monday.)


0 responses to “Carry Me”

  1. Man, I know kinda how that feels. Usually, I’m set for trial 8x on the same day and I’m being told by all 8 defense lawyers (or 16, depending on available funds) and the judge that everyone is ready (bluff – bluff – bluff), and everyone is up for trial. And having 60 or more witnesses calling for said 8 cases, each day you are carried, with the only answer available – I don’t know if your rape/murder/intox assault case is first up or not (which is NOT how to make people feel important, by the way).

    And on TOP of that – the defense lawyers all have fancy-smancey Spiderman bandaids for their trial prep wounds. Since I’m a government lawyer, all I can afford is those old flesh colored ones.

    Hmm. Maybe I’ll put in a request for that with office supplies. Spiderman never gives up fighting for what’s right, even when he’s hopelessly outnumbered and overwhelmed.

    Spiderman was the best choice, Mark.

  2. Witnesses? Ha! Real lawyers don’t need witnesses!

    How would the judges pressure us to settle cases if they couldn’t bluff us about our chances of going to trial?

    My superhero of choice would be Batman. Batman’s world is a lot darker and more ambiguous than Spiderman’s.

  3. Practicing on the “dark side” as you might call it, though, sometimes one of the many reasons I see cases continue is because the defendant has committed an alleged new crime! changing the dynamic of the plea negotiation process (obviously giving more leverage to the DA)
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  4. Batman is a good choice. He gets to punch people who make him angry, and we can all appreciate that, I think.

    But if you wanted a character who would best suit the defense bar – it would be the Chameleon.

    And, AHCL – it “pro.victims” – small caps. I’m very humble, you know.

  5. “In the brightest day, in the darkest night, No evil shall escape my sight …”

    I, personally, prefer Green Lantern.

  6. I’m a little embarrassed that this didn’t hit me till my drive in to court this morning, but . . .

    flesh colored???

  7. I do hate the whole concept of being “on call” for some period of time.

    It’s difficult to coordinate all the makings of a trial. It’s also hard for me to switch my feeble mind from trial mode back to “normal” mode.

    I wish someone could devise a better system.

  8. Seriously. On your drive to work this morning, you were musing to yourself about the color of my government band-aid . . . .

    Mark, there are professionals out there who can help you. You only need to ask . . . .

  9. If I weren’t beyond professional help, I’d’ve been helped by now.

    But drive time is free-association time. It’s like meditation: still your mind, and occasionally a revelation or an inspiration will bubble to the surface. I wouldn’t want to mess with that.

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