President Obama is the first President to travel to Cubs since Calvin Coolidge. Coolidge's trip to Cuba was his only trip overseas.
Count us as a staunch anti-communist. We have recently turned down the opportunity to travel to Cuba several times. We will not set foot on the island until it is free.
But we do not condemn the President's trip. He has correctly sensed that Cuba is at a tipping point. His trip will result in more freedoms in Cuba, not less. His trip and the normalization of relations between Cuba and the US will result in the end of communism quicker. It will not prop up that criminal regime.
Trial continues today and probably tomorrow before Judge Charles Johnson, wherein the major question is not what will happen to the defendant, but the defense attorney?
There is a fine line defense attorneys must continually walk. We want to win. We must do our best for our client. We must respect the court and all that the court stands for.
As defense attorneys we often decry when prosecutors abandon their most important job- to do justice. When a prosecutor becomes merely an advocate for the state and tries to win at all costs, we and most of our readers are the first to decry such actions. Rightfully so.
The rules apply to both sides. Defense attorneys are officers of the court. Who amongst us has not received a terrible ruling in trial? A ruling where we know the judge is wrong (gasp!) and will hurt the defense. If you try cases, this happens. An experienced defense attorney likes a little of this. They object. They protect the record. They move for a mistrial. They file motions for re-consideration. They try and make it the focus of the trial. In a respectful manner they will address the ruling multiple times and make sure the record clearly shows the prejudice to their client. It creates a great appeal. A great defense attorney hates a trial where all the rulings go their way and the judge is solicitous. It becomes a clean trial where only the verdict can save the client.
A smart judge gives the defense a clean trial. But when that doesn't happen, there is a way for the defense to turn it to their advantage and losing one's temper is NOT the way to go.
We like the defense in this case. He is a great and talented attorney who wins very tough cases that most other lawyers don't have the guts to even try. He needs to dial it back just a bit. For his own sake.
See You In Court.
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