Why Not Shoot ’em?

You know as a lawyer, I am always getting those horrible questions from almost everyone,,, “How can you represent someone who is accused of _________ ? They must be guilty, otherwise officer Neverwrong wouldn’t arrest them? Can’t we just shoot them? Or I’d hang them if they did that. I think we need to try them,, then execute them immediately after the trial with no appeals allowed.”

Gosh, you think that would be okay? I mean suppose you are accused of speeding and didn’t; the officer lied or was mistaken under oath and you got convicted. Should you be shot? Should you be hanged without any appeal? I mean officer Neverwrong stopped (arrested) you, so you must be guilty, right? I mean the police are never wrong and certainly don’t lie,, so why should you get to appeal your just conviction?

What if the Judge prevented your friend from testifying who just happened to be in the car with you? Or what if you have 3 others in the car with you and the Judge didn’t allow them to testify? Should we hang you anyway? Or what if the officer was mistaken about the speed limit and you wanted to call the city engineer to testify about the speed limt where you were stopped (arrested) and the Judge wouldn’t let you? No appeal? Final conviction?   Are you ready to get shot? Have you said goodbye to your loved ones? Are you ready to face the firing squad?

What if during the trial, your lawyer fell asleep? What if you told your lawyer about the witnesses and even though they were there at court ready to help,, your lawyer didn’t call them to testify? Have you kissed your kids goodbye? Tomorrow is the execution day and guess what,,, you’re the main course.

I guess the point is in a trial many things can go wrong and until we hold the government to its task, we should be allowed to question the decision.

So, remember, before we shoot the next person accused of any criminal action, we just might want to give them a trial first. Have a nice day, I’m off to my seminar again today.

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  1. lawyer » Blog Archive » Why Not Shoot ‘em? « The Life and Times of a Texas Country Trial … Says:

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