I’m in court watching another jury trial begin. The first witness for the prosecution is a pretty teenage girl. She testifies about how her father started molesting her when she was 8 years old. As the DA tries to elicit the details, the girl starts crying and crying and can’t stop it. The questions keep coming and she bravely answers. She cries and continually wipes the tears from her face as she recounts incident after incident.
I look over toward the defense table at the defendant – the father – and his attorney. I’m thinking – that poor lawyer – and this is just the beginning.
LA TIMES story today about guy who allegedly got kicked in the head by cops after a car chase and he’s suing. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-elmonte24-2009jul24,0,431133.story
The first photo is the way he looked at the time – the second the way he’ll look at trial.
I’ve got guys who will have their heads shaven the day before trial so the jury won’t miss any of their head tattoos.
I’ve actually had a guy who gets a swastika tattoo’d on his face just before trial (seems to be easy to get tattoo services in county jail) I was a little confused and said “You know they got all these gang allegations against you don’t you?” He told me the swastika wasn’t a gang thing. Oh. Cool.
OMG I’m sent out for trial downtown to begin my 7 count forcible rape re-trial. That’s ok but I have a preliminary hearing set the next day in Long Beach. It’s been postponed a few times. And I’ve got another trial set the next week (14 counts of robbery) also in Long Beach. The Judge wants to see me. The DA wants to see me. There I am surrounded by the Judge, the 2 DA’s – the one on the preliminary hearing and the one on the robbery trials. They’re “frustrated”. They’re “upset”. They’re “pissed off”. At ME! Cause “YOU GOT YOURSELF ENGAGED!” (for you non criminal attorneys “being engaged” has nothing to do with marriage or sex. [well, maybe] It means that you can only do one thing at a time. If you’re in a trial well you’re not going to be able to do a preliminary hearing or another trial. That’s what it means. I’m a trial lawyer – I go to trials when some judge tells me I’m going. That’s it. But there I am in Long Beach being accused of “GETTING MYSELF ENGAGED!” That’s exactly what the DA’s say. “Mr. Meyer continues to get himself engaged!” They’re beside themselves with anger. You’d think I’d done all the rapes, carjackings, and kidnappings. Okay so their schedules had to be changed. They work me over good. By the time I slink out of there I am so relieved that I’m still in one piece and not in jail myself, I’m actually really looking forward to the relaxation of fighting my forcible rape trial.
I’m waiting in court for my jury to come back with its guilty verdict when another case is called. It’s a Motion for New Trial. The lawyer for the convicted defendant is so angry. Amazed to see how he really goes over the edge with the judge. He’s actually being abusive to her. “Well you didn’t even read my brief.” “Yes I did, counsel and I don’t like your tone.” “It’s been sitting in front of you the whole morning and you never took a look at it. I was watching.” I’m very curious – how much shit is she going to take from this guy? His eyes are bulging. He looks like he hadn’t slept in days. Was he high? It ended without him being sent to lockup – which I thought it would. As he walks by I say to him – “I thought you were about to go join your client” and looked towards the lockup. “Well this is a serious case”, he says. I couldn’t believe he said that. Is he kidding? Like my case isn’t “serious”. Asshole.