FAIR PLAY / SUBSTANTIAL JUSTICE

even better than lawyer punch

Posted in Uncategorized by Ryan Locke on January 27, 2009

This past summer when I worked at the Atlanta Public Defender, we waited three days for a jury verdict on a robbery case.  Three days!  To compare, in a colleague’s murder case the jury deliberated for like four hours.

We were supposed to be preparing other things, but you just can’t work while waiting for a verdict.  It’s like Christmas morning when you’re a kid and you wake up at 5am but you wait in your room until 7 because Dad said he’d kill you if you get him up before then — except there’s a 50% chance there are no presents under the tree.  So we sat around in the PD’s courthouse office and watched movies on a laptop, taking a break every now and then to speculate on what the jury was thinking.

That’s when I discovered the lawyer punch video.  Watch it here.  A public defender is making a motion to get his client a new attorney when BAM!  Right in the kisser!

Today, I found something even better than the lawyer punch video.  Here’s someone else who is mad about not getting a new attorney.

A mistrial was declared Monday when a home-invasion robbery suspect smeared human feces on his attorney’s face then threw more at the jury.

Weusi McGowan, 37, was upset because San Diego Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Fraser refused to remove Deputy Alternate Public Defender Jeffrey Martin from the case, prosecutor Christopher Lawson said.At the mid-morning break, McGowan produced a plastic baggie filled with fecal matter and spread it on Martin’s hair and face, then flung the excrement toward the jury box, hitting the briefcase of juror No. 9 but missing the juror himself.

I’m just waiting for the video.

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