Posts Tagged ‘Reality’

Two Questions

November 25, 2010

I was looking at the front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer when the start of an article caught my eye:

A Cleveland police detective testified about Payne’s connection to two cocaine sales during his November 2008 trial. The officer was about to leave the witness stand when a judge stepped in.

“Have you, detective, ever observed Mr. Payne engage in any illegal activity?” Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Joan Synenberg asked.

“No,” Detective Maria Matos said.

“Do you have any evidence that Mr. Payne was involved in either of the drug transactions on Aug. 11 or Aug. 13?”

“No,” Matos said again.

Minutes later, Synenberg tossed the drug charges. Payne was a free man.

Wow.  Two questions of my own came to mind.  Why did the defense attorney not ask these questions?  What was the county prosecutor even basing this case on?  Apparently Payne loaned $20 to a man who then sold cocaine to an undercover police officer; the loan was repaid with money from the police.  That’s what the case for a potential two year prison sentence was based on.

Reality Check c/o Yale

October 26, 2010

There’s a video on YouTube in which a lawyer attempts to talk an inspiring law student out of going to law school.  I thought it was pretty funny, but debated if it was really the sort of thing I wanted to link to on my blog.  But then, the Yale admissions blog linked to it, which means I can dodge the dilemma and just link to their page.  Nothing like a good sidestep. 

A few highlights:

Aspiring Student: I want to help people. 
Lawyer: So you were pre-med and got a C in organic chemistry? 
Aspiring Student: A D+, actually

Lawyer: Do you have any plan what so ever?
Aspiring Student: I love the constitution!

Aspiring Student: I really want to work on the important issues of the day
Lawyer: Do you consider a breach of contract case between two giant software companies an important issue of the day?
Aspiring Student: Of course, the market place is very important.
Lawyer: They’ve spent $4.1 million in legal fees arguing about the name of an obscure font that no one ever uses

Lawyer: I had a client call me at 3:00 this morning to tell me he needed help because he’d been picked up on a DUI.  He blew at 0.24.