January 08, 2004

Oh my, was this ever a long day

If there was any justice in this world, today would be Friday as I am plumb tuckered out. I was just at my friend's store standin' at the counter. I guess I was standin' there for fifteen minutes or so before someone finally asked me what I was doin'. I looked at them and said, "I guess I ought to just go home, because I have absolutely no idea what I am doin' right now.

It started out with me havin' court today, but all my cases were set at 1:30 pm, just after lunch. The notice says they are set at 9:00 am, but I know from experience that because my clients are still in jail, that they won't be brought to court until after lunch, but as long as the notices keep comin' in sayin' the cases are set to be heard at 9:00 am, I will continue to show up at 9:00 am. I am afraid that the first time I don't do that, that will be the day the judge decides to have all the jail prisoners brought up in the mornin'.

So, since I was there, I decided to take care of some other business. I copied a bunch of paperwork I needed for some of my cases in the clerk's office, mostly new cases I have been appointed on, so that I could go visit those clients in the jail afterward. However, my time was growin' too short to try to get into the jail to see them and then get back to court by 1:00 so as to get a chance to speak to my clients before the judge came in. I now am gonna have to spend my entire free mornin' tomorrow seein' a dozen different people in the jail.

After I found I was unable to get to the jail this mornin', I went by Wal Mart and bought some wiper blades for my car and some strong mint breath spray I am usin' to assist me in my stop smokin' program. I had a quickie breakfast at McD's and then decided to run back to my town to drop off some of the files and give my new secretary a few instructions so that she would not have to play Free Cell all day while I was in court. I dropped by to check on Matt, and he wanted me to go to lunch with him, so I did, but I only ate a small order of Tater Tots at Sonic, since I had that very late breakfast. Then I headed back for court.

I started out with 4 clients set for pretrial hearings today. One decided to plead guilty, another the DA is threatenin' to re-indict, one other I suggest we polygraph the defendant on an issue regardin' whether he had permission to use the ATM card or not, and one that is one of five possible cases goin' to trial on Monday. I was also appointed to represent another person while I was awaitin' the probation officers to complete the paperwork for my pleadin' client. I also ran upstairs and talked to another judge about another case durin' some of the wait time, as well as went to Da's office to try to track down some information about a couple of files that I had not seen any action on. One was dropped and the other one even the DA's office was confused as to why there was no pendin' action. It might have actually fallen into a crack in the system, so that might have been my biggest accomplishment today. I mean I am still unsure as to what the outcome of the case will be for my client, but whatever it is, it is likely gonna be much better than him rottin' in the Johnson County Jail unforgotten and lost in the system.

Anyway, I finally got back to the office just in time to get my dozen files all lined up and ready so I can go do my jail calls tomorrow mornin'. Tomorrow afternoon, I will be at the dentist office. I am actually supposed to get somethin' done to my teeth besides cleanin' them this time. I might also watch a movie afterward.

Right now, I think I am gonna go rest for a bit. If'n I don't come back, it might be 'cause I fell asleep. I have been yawnin' pretty wide as I was sittin' here composin' this post. Don't fret too much if I am unable to tell ya about the condition of my belly button, OK?

Posted by notGeorge at January 8, 2004 05:41 PM

You know, I really admire you. I don't think I could do what you do. I am a big time guilt girl ... I would kill myself worrying about people that I thought didn't belong in there being there because it's my fault or something. I would probably worry all the time about people that I think SHOULD be in jail not being there because of me. I swear, I would give myself a nervous breakdown.

Posted by: squishybear at January 8, 2004 11:55 PM

You are a lawyer? Wow. I did not know this? A criminal lawyer? gurl

Posted by: anonymous gurl at January 10, 2004 04:14 PM

I thought you just had a lot of time on your hands because you post so much. I loved reading the lawyer stuff. I mean I read you when I get time, but I loved reading about the court stuff. More power to you, Tiger. gurl

Posted by: anonymous gurl at January 10, 2004 04:16 PM

I hope there is a distiction between criminal lawyers and criminal defense lawyers, for I profess to be among the latter and decry the former. ;) But I thanks ya gurl! for lettin' me point that out! Of course, if I win this election, I will change hats and become the [strike]persecutor[/strike] prosecutor.

I have noticed there do seem to be a few who enjoy my writin' about my professional life. TV wharps the reality of actually what occurs on a daily in our court system and I surely don't mind sharin' the truth about what actually occurs -- wharped by my own viewpoint and prejudices, of course.

Posted by: Tiger at January 11, 2004 09:05 AM