#22 Hindsight is 20/20: A Jury Trial that Changed My Perspective

Ultimately, this was one the jury got right with a misdemeanor and it helped me change my perspective on marijuana cultivation moving forward. It is also a good example of how prosecution evolves over time with the law as it changes. Prosecutors are given a lot of discretion in filing, charging, settling, and trying cases on behalf of the People and as there are changes in the law, and continuing research into areas affecting crime we, adapt so that our discretion aligns with what society believes is a just outcome. The jury saw it here and I see it now.

#21 A trial Interrupted

The defendant in jury trial #21 was charged with vandalizing a correctional facility. He had ripped a large ADA guardrail off the wall of the jail and was yelling that he was going to "tear this mother fucker apart" if he didn't get moved from a solitary room back into the main line. He had…

#20 A Jury Trial That Changed Everything

The trial that forever changed my perspective of jury trials. From day one, I was told that my job as a prosecutor was not win, it was to seek justice. To do the right thing. To handle those things within my control, holding myself to the highest standard. In this trial I followed those rules, and the dragon won.

#18 No Jury Required.

For #18 we head back into the messy and chaotic world that is domestic violence. This case involved a female defendant who lived with the male victim and their child. At the time of the incident the pair lived together, but the victim slept in the living room and the defendant in the master bedroom…

#12 A “Who-Done-It” Jury Trial

Eye witness identification is a tricky thing. So many variables come into play that there is an entire jury instruction given. Things like: whether the witness knew the person, race, length of contact, stress of event, lighting conditions, proximity, suggestability of line up, and how closely the witness was paying attention are just a few…