Then one day you are in a life-threatening situation, shots are fired and the facts become a swearing contest in some courtroom. That after some prosecutor yields to relentless demands that you be charged with a crime. You find yourself fighting for your life again, this time in a defendant's chair. You may find yourself outnumbered in court because the jerk you shot has a dozen family members or “BOYZ FROM THE HOOD” that will lie under oath and say they saw you murder that suspect.
Your lawyer will soon hand you witness lists filed by the prosecutor with names you’d expect to see. Just maybe you’ll see some names on that list you’ll wish never heard those macho comments you made in jest. Should you hear those words repeated to a jury their verdict may not be a good one.
I hope our frien Ivory Webb does not have any old girlfriends come out of the woodwork...
One of the things that helped to railroad the L.A.P.D. officers in the Rodney King DUI/Resisting arrest fiasco were the car-to-car data terminal messages.
Watch what you say and write. If you are working on a heater case, keep it under control, stay away from the Xerox machine until you are absolutely finished. Don't just throw away stuff you never want to see again, destroy or shred it.
Also be careful of off-duty stupidity like drunkin' bragging to anyone. Ex-wives-&-girlfriends can be a source of, "he said what!" Bumper stickers like, "Kill 'em all and let God sort them out", can give the impression that you are not the warm wonderful human being you really are.
Don't 4get about Fuhrman (sp?)! That jury was going to let o.j. go anyway, but Mark's taped talk about a proposed script didn't help.
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