defence lawyers sleep at night? I must admit
when I saw the photos I was totally creeped out. It took me a while to get over
them. I had a flashback of defending a
person charged with having sex with a woman who had an IQ of around 70. I
agonized about the case and taking it to trial. But it was resolved on the
court steps with a guilty plea and no prison sentence. A week of hot showers
finally washed the case off me. I don’t think I did many more cases after that
involving sexual crimes. Not because I wouldn’t or couldn’t. But perhaps word
got around that I didn’t like women being raped and those defendants didn’t
gravitate towards me. I felt more at home defending people charged with
stealing vast amounts of money, sometimes off old people in Rest Homes. Was
there something about the fact that no blood was spilled which enabled me to
shut off the devastation inflicted on these victims? Did I have a fatal flaw?
Should I get psychotherapy? Should I change to family law, where I…
Be wary of the lawyer who says he can get you off the charge without knowing anything about it. Look for a lawyer who is nosy and wants to know what happened. Sometimes the lawyer who says no problem I can get you off this very serious charge will change their minds just before you are about to be arraigned before the jury and say I think you should plead guilty. A trained monkey can tell people to plead guilty. You might be better off with a lawyer who appears a little pessimistic but when the bullets start to fly doesnt wave the white flag.
The distressing thing about the David Bain case is that there are many more cases like that where people have been convicted of murder on the shonkiest of evidence. Take for example the case of Gail Maney who is serving a sentence of life imprisonment for the murder of Dean Fuller Sandys in 1989. She was convicted of murder at her first trial but this was over-turned because the Trial Judge did not put the defence adequately to the jury. She was convicted again at a retrial in 2005. On appeal to the Court of Appeal one of the appeal court judges was the judge who failed to put her defence at the original trial. Does that sound fair to you.Three court appeal judges.You need two to win and one of the judges was the previous trial judge. Fuller Sandys was allegedly murdered by Steven Stone at the behest of Gail Maney in the garage of her Henderson house in 1989. His body was never found. His car was found at a west coast beach some time after he disappeared. It was alleged that he was d…