Look, I know the reasons why people hate attorneys. They mostly hate attorneys because they don’t like it when other people (i.e. not them!) “get off on a technicality”. Of course, when the tables are turned, you know damned well that they expect such “exceptional” treatment as well. And what is a “technicality” after all other than THE LAW ITSELF!? HEY! Here’s a newsflash: people do not “get off on technicalities”. No. People “get off” because 1) the prosecuting attorney/agency @#$%ed up and/or 2) the defending attorney very competently, aggressively, and zealously represented his or her client (something EVERY person prays that their attorney will do for them).
So, why do I bring this up? Is it because I hate lawyer-bashing? No (though I DO hate lawyer-bashing). It’s because human beings make mistakes every day. And the knowledge of this one simple fact is sometimes all that is necessary to become a stellar attorney.
Check the elements of the case that MUST be proven! NEVER assume ANYTHING! Because this appellate attorney pulled off what might be seen as an amazing feat – when it really isn’t that amazing. It was merely looking for – and finding – a HUGE mistake.
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