JAG-ged Edge
Trial Defense Services (TDS) Deployed
By: Andrew Efaw

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Saturday, 29-Jan-2005 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Another Day of Justice

Yesterday was a day off for the court and a day for me to catch my breath and start getting ready for the next one on Monday. Today, CPT Jason "the tool baby food" Gerber, one of my colleagues stationed in Taji, Iraq, had a larceny guilty plea. I made my client for monday's trial (also a larceny) sit through the entire case. That's generally a good idea when you can make it happen bec. it allows the soldier to see first hand what he is about to go through. They end up being much more comfortable that way and the case ends up with fewer glitches. The case today was interesting in a few respects. The accused was a Nigerian immigrant that had stolen a credit card number from her roommate and had used it about 65 times. The MJ took a recess for CPT Gerber to explain to his client the "additional" forfeiture that could occur by virtue of her plea--namely, that she could face additional hurtles to citizenship and possibly be forced to leave.

I spent the rest of the day trying to prep my guy to make his statement. These statements they make are important but require a lot of work. You're often taking a 20 year old kid that has never been in a court room before and putting him on the stand. If they aren't prepped right, they predictably get that deer in the headlights look and answer everything monosyllabicly. Or worse they totally leave the reservation and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Tomorrow, I'm going to Doha to prep witnesses for the case. Then will come back to work with my client again. Then we're on.

A navy officer, Kevin, wrote about me one his blog http://www.chinpokomon.com/ and said that I am "cagey" about the details of the courts-martial. He's right. I'd love to give all the details but there are a number of considerations at play--most importantly, the attorney-client privilege and the risk that saying "too much" about the gov't will hurt your client in post-trial actions.

Also, note that SPC Ellis, my 27D for another couple of days, has his blog up and running. http://kakijag.fotopages.com/

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