Never mind. It doesn’t matter. My fault, too, for leaving the first post unedited for too long.
Besides that, you’ve ruled out a successful strike in advance. A strike is a “collective action” and you’ve said that “…the criminal defense bar will never subscribe to any collective action that doesn’t put the client first…” and that all collective action fails that test “by definition”.
Speaking of “by definition”, if you complain that I have remained anonymous because that doesn’t provide grist for the ad hominem mill, it isn’t quite fair to speculate about my qualifications, or lack of them, and then box with the straw man. As it happens, your musings that I must not have “represented human beings in court” and have “no leadership experience” are both factually wrong, but so what? That’s a side issue we might take up later.
For now, though, do you have anything to say about Sharon Keller sitting atop your state’s criminal justice system? Not so far. The powers that be in your state have spoken, though. They have “exonerated” her. She said so herself, and I haven’t seen anyone disputing it.
Having ruled out a strike, do you have an alternative proposal? Or is everything in Texas criminal justice as good as can be expected because, well, you can always hire Mark Bennett? I’d be disappointed if you thought so. I don’t believe you do.
Are you worried about the ethics of the matter? How about this one: Lawyers should “…participate in proposing and supporting…programs to improve the system, without regard to the general interests or desires of clients or former clients.” EC 8-1
Maybe we should have a CLE lecture instead. That will make us feel better.
So in the end you have rejected a strike other than the one that was actually called, took issue with phantom and factually incorrect characteristics of mine, cited some ethical considerations while ignoring others, and of course all of that was unnecessary if you really believe that collective action by real lawyers is never appropriate “by definition”.
And the net result is that Sharon Keller remains where she is while the real lawyers of Texas shrug their shoulders and say nothing, just like they have all along. This is acceptable to you?
I’ll ask you to reconsider and make you an offer: if you agree to strike and encourage colleagues to do likewise, I’ll drop the anonymity thing right away.