From the Orlando Sentinel. Via the Chicago Tribune.
I suppose this is on the theory that if you say it enough, people will believe it.
So Baez’s “strategy” is “high risk”? The odds of a guilty verdict in any criminal trial are over 90%. In the face of those kinds of odds, what does “high risk” mean for the defense? What are you risking?
The whole world is lined up against your client, trying to kill her, and a parade of legal “experts” and “analysts” are lined up against you, trying to get you disbarred I guess. There has been no similar critiquing of the prosecuting attorneys. They must be trying a perfect case, beyond expert second-guessing. You know, methodical. Meticulous. We just went over that.
Some of this is just pandering to the crowd. Once the mob hardens in its resolve against a defendant that antipathy often spills over to the defendant’s attorney. The profession used to bristle when that happened to any one of us. Even prosecutors would discourage such impulses: they’re attorneys, too, after all.
Now the whole profession just gets out in front of the mob and leads the charge, freely offering their bullshit and one-sided criticisms to any media outlet that will broadcast it.
So the Casey Anthony trial inadvertently exposes something else: the collapse of the American legal profession’s sense of honor and integrity.
Update: Here’s another one, from ABC News this time.
Private, independent attorneys – the kind that generally do criminal defense – more than most categories of people, tend to have complicated financial lives. They are not on a salary. They are not paid by some larger organization. They are frequently not paid by their clients.
They are frequently not paid at all. Most people cannot imagine what that is like, putting in more than a full week’s work, or even two weeks or more, and having no paycheck to show for it. Every private, independent attorney can relate to that, though.
I suppose Baez’s life and background and finances are a legitimate area of inquiry for the press. OTOH, I wonder what they could dig up about the prosecuting attorneys if they had a mind to do that – but they clearly don’t.