Wednesday, October 04, 2006

So as the jury began deliberations, I turned to my client and said, 'I'm sorry'

This was my first solo case and I was defending a man accused of raping a pregnant woman at knife point, twice. I was not confident in my case. I figured that in a he said-she said, she wins. I went in with the theory that if I scream about smoke enough, the jury might see fire.

In this class, the judge had the jury publicly deliberate. The first ballot stunned me: 4 outright acquittals, 1 person on the fence, and 1 guilty. They then deliberated. And deliberated.

At the end of the day it was 6-0...Not Guilty. A clean sweep. Wow.

It's time to celebrate!