August 01, 2005

Any public defender dude will tell you

Witnesses don’t always shine ...lawyers must make the best of what they’ve got:

...a problem prosecutors and defense attorneys often face – “challenging,” “difficult,” “unsavory” witnesses. They can be anyone from defendants, to snitches, to passers-by.

They might have a long criminal histories. They might have lied to investigators. They might be gang members, drug dealers or shoplifters. Or they might be just plain unlikable.

Sometimes, just about everyone involved in a case is a problem witness.

Was set to go to trial this week. Had a private investigator work the case and talk to some witnesses. Client walked into court with two felonies, walked out with one gross misdemeanor.