Laura (madlawstudent) wrote in criminal_law,
Laura
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Lost First Trial

This week I was working on the first trial I have ever actually participated in. As I said, I'm an intern, so I second-chaired with my supervising attorney. Well, the jury deliberated for a mere 3 hours before returning guilty verdicts on assault with a deadly weapon (with GBI enhancement) and battery with serious bodily harm.

I know we did the best we could, but it really was awful to lose. I like our client a lot. He's this frail older man. His exposure is 11 years and I think that might be end up actually being a life sentence because of his various illnesses and frailties.

All this has been very emotionally draining, but at the same time we have to let it go. We start a new trial on Monday.

I think that this has to be one of the hardest parts of being a public defender. You don't even get a real grieving or reflection period before moving on to another trial. I suppose it gets easier with time.
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