Great is a term often overused, but in Mr. Gilbert's case, it doesn't seem enough.
|David Hugging a surviving victim in an awful mass shooting case|
Mr. Gilbert has been a fixture at the courthouse and the SAO roaming the halls and courtrooms (back in the 70's and 80's in his trademark three piece suit) handling many of the toughest cases the State Attorney's Office prosecuted. Homicide cases. DUI Manslaughter cases. And not just slam-dunk cases with DNA, video and confessions. But the types of cases that merited a trial, where there was a story to tell on each side. And Mr. Gilbert did it with exceptional skill, style, and the type of fairness not often seen from lawyers on either side of a case.
|Mr. Gilbert representing the SAO on the Justin Bieber DUI case (not one of his more serious cases)|
From the defense bar viewpoint, Mr. Gilbert was the type of prosecutor you could feel comfortable speaking with. You knew he was going to seek justice wherever the road took him. And if justice meant a more lenient plea, or even a dismissal, David Gilbert was the prosecutor you wanted to work with. If justice meant a trial and a stiff or maximum sentence, then you knew you were in for a fight- a fair fight- but a fight.
We will not see his like again very soon. And we in the criminal justice system have all benefited from having a man like Mr. Gilbert working for justice.
We wish him Godspeed in a well earned retirement.