Even if you don't take court appointments, the issue of the Florida Legislature eviscerating the Sixth Amendment is serious. All criminal defense attorneys should be bothered by this turn of events. If indigent clients do not get quality representation then the system will not work.
A reader is sad, and that worries us:
The weather had me down, so I started thinking about this criminal justice system that we devote our lives to and, well, let’s just say that I started looking out the window again to try to cheer up..
As I read about the hearings before Judge Cooke on the Greenberg/TD Bank fiasco, I could not help but think (after overcoming the automatic gag reflex I have to anything civil) how government prosecutors -- both state and federal -- routinely and more egregiously hide evidence – either through gross indifference or outright deceit -- without anywhere near the kind of scrutiny or consequences that has befallen these civil lawyers. Prosecutors and law enforcement get to play by different rules than everyone else. Judge Gold tried to hold prosecutors accountable for misconduct in the Shaygan case and he gets reversed by the 11th. The State legislature wants to pay appointed counsel less than minimum wage. And the list goes on . . .
I’m really down today about the unfortunate realities of our criminal justice system and how unfair it is. Got anything to cheer me up?