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November 22, 2005

Congratulations Gideon

Congratulations to a Public Defender for his recent small victory!

Of course, I wish he could share more about what happened and what role he played in it, but that's not usually possible for lawyers. It makes me wonder: How much do confidentiality rules contribute to the general dissatisfaction so many lawyers express? In another profession Gideon might be able to share more detail about what happened, what role he played, etc. But as an attorney, he just has to say “good things” and that's it. That's got to be a little less than satisfying, no?

Not that there's any way we could change this. We obviously can't abandon client confidentiality in exchange for a little more ego satisfaction, but still...

Posted November 22, 2005 12:06 PM | crimlaw

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I would share more, but I didn't, only because I know of some prosecutors who have read my blog in the past and don't want anyone to get the wrong idea.

Basically, it was a sentence mod that resulted in a number of years being taken off the client's sentence.

The judge granted it and the prosecutor supported it because the client had done tremendous things while incarcerated. Not one disciplinary ticket while in jail for 7+ years; he is a tierman with significant responsibilities in his cell-block and has immense support from his family. All in all, a good candidate for a second chance.

Posted by: Gideon at November 22, 2005 12:56 PM

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