I’ve watched some of the trial and I have a prediction. It will be an acquittal. There’s a possibility of a conviction on a lesser charge, but 2nd degree murder is out of the question. I should say, you never know what a jury will do, but a 2nd degree murder conviction would be outrageous. The prosecution clearly overcharged, I think unethically so. And I believed in the beginning that it was clearly a racially motivated murder. The facts, however, made me do a 180 degree turnaround. Most people despise changing an opinion once they have it, and will grab at any shred to hold onto it. I’m one of those masochists who always tries to challenge my own opinions. Anyway, with some witnesses saying Martin was on top hitting Zimmerman, with the injuries to Zimmerman, and other evidence, there’s enough reasonable doubt to drive a truck through. It’s a tragedy, and there may be civil liability for Zimmerman, but there’s no way he should be convicted. If the Judge has courage, she should dismiss the top charge at least. It’s doubtful, though, in such a high profile case.
I had a somewhat uncommon experience in family court the other day: I got a neglect case dismissed. Actually, I can only take partial credit – I was the attorney for the child, and there was an attorney assigned for the parent who did much of the heavy lifting. I advocated for dismissal on behalf of the children. As any lawyer who does neglect cases can tell you, that rarely happens. For various reasons, judges almost always make a finding of neglect after a trial, no matter who the lawyers are. That isn’t to say that lawyers are useless in these cases. Only a small portion of cases go to trial, and lawyers assist in a hundred ways during the case. Anyway, in this case the evidence was weak, but many judges would have made a finding. No one second-guesses a judge for making a finding, but the whole world does if a case is dismissed and something happens to the children. Anyway, in this case dismissal was the right result, and I commend the Judge for doing the right thing,.
Welcome back my friends to the blog that never ends (hopefully). I thought I would say a little about myself to the imaginary people who are reading. I’m about to be 50 (yikes). I was born on Staten Island, and I’ve been here my whole life (although they do let me out occasionally). I graduated from Port Richmond H.S., went to Wagner for 2 years, and got my B.A. (not to be confused with BS) from NYU. I then got my Master’s from Rutgers, and finally got my law degree from the illustrious (so they say) Columbia Law School. Like the song says “I’ve been everywhere, man.” After law school, I worked at the Legal Aid Society for seven years, and then I hung out my own shingle. Anyway, this post is getting long and boring, so I’ll conclude for now. In my next one, I’ll get into the exciting world of what my practice consists of. As my daughter would say, TTFN!
Welcome to my blog, I guess you all know why we’re here (apologies to the Who). This is my first ever blog post, with hopefully many more to come. Since absolutely no one is reading this, I guess I can say whatever I want. Yeah! I’ll be talking about legal stuff, or whatever else crosses my mind. Later!