posted on Aug, 20 2012 @ 10:27 PM
Sorry I didn't find this thread before!
1. Your attorney wasn't going to be paid extra for doing extra work, and so didn't want to do the court appearances. She was basically being
forced by her obligations to do pro bono to provide her services at her own cost...
2. Your attorney may have suspected that it would be dismissed. As a rule of thumb, the more your case is delayed, the less likely you are to
actually be sentenced. IF the case had been cut and dried, then they'd have run you through the ringer as quickly and economically as possible.
3. I would have advised you to raise cain about your broken ribs. When you are in police custody, they are literally responsible for you. That
includes catching you when when you fall, and cannot catch yourself due to your handcuffs. How did they know you were not trying to escape. The fact
that you could "fall free of their grasp makes me think that you simply don't remember---or don't want to believe that they tripped you. Why
weren't they holding you, if the path was slick? How did they know you weren't making a grab for a gun? Because they pushed you, and you have been
trained not to believe that your own memory could be truthful.
At a minimum, that should have been the lead story in the local media. I would have advised you to have a relative do a "press conference" on the
jail steps, pointing out everything I just said, and highlighting the social ties between your accuser and the local police department. You can do
that without lying, and it will ensure you get a VERY speedy trial.
4. If your lawyer was running for prosecutor, why didn't you contact her opponent? The enemy of my enemy...
5. Don't ever, ever EVER lie in a court of law. NEVER plea guilty if you are innocent. If you are religious, remind yourself that one of the 10
commandments specifically forbids you from bearing false witness--including against yourself. Yes, you could be "put away." And you would not be
the last American to be wrongly imprisoned. But once you plea, it is as good as actually having done the crime you admit to.
The fact that they offer you a plea bargain at all says that they had a weak hand.
6. The Legal system is always about money. ALWAYS. I don't even mean that in a bad way. There are some good court officers with the highest of
personal values and morals. But they have limited budgets; so they must pick and choose their cases. And they are not going to waste thousands of
dollars of their limited resources for the sake of pilloriing someone who might just possibly be somewhat innocent.
I knew of a jurisdiction where they had a percentage of their budget they were willing to spend on a given type of case. For instance, say they were
willing to spend 20% of their budget on prosecuting domestic violence. Say that equals $2 million. Now imagine that they have 50 cases. In which
case they have $40,000 to spend on your case, Tops.
The cost to hold you in Jail was probably something like $150-$350 per day. Having the medics visit you was probably a thousand; make it twice that
for x-rays. The cost of partially paying for your pro bono lawyer was probably $50-100 per hour (which didn't even cover her malpractice insurance
plus photocopy fees from the legal library, and so was costing HER money, too). Every continuance was another $50-$100 for your lawyer, and all of it
low risk because she didn't actually have to face an opponent in the courtroom arena--she just had to file a motion with the clerk, and do that every
week or so while she filed for all of her 20 or so clients.
So, I figure they were invested in you about Five Grand for the first couple of weeks. Now weigh that against another 10-25 grand to actually take it
to trial, plus 5 grand if they actually have to hold you in jail and incur the cost of feeding you.
Now, weigh all those costs against 2 variables
A) The chance that one or all of them will get sued for malpractice when you "fell and broke ribs" in their custody. Probably wouldn't amount to
much, but even getting the suit dismissed will cost them 5 grand. If you win... the police and jail can be out for ....millions of dollars, and an
automatically tight re-election campaign. Even if there is only a 5% chance of you suing, can they afford that risk????
B) The chance that your accuser drops the charges against you after all, and then they've spend 50 grand pursuing you, and didn't get a conviction.
A candidate for local office can get elected with those numbers.
In conclusion, I am sad you were injured, and mistreated, when there was no real chance they'd actually have taken you all the way to trial....
God bless you.