Parse the Lawyer

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Mike, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    From here ... (student/teacher sex & drugs case in Maine):

    Pray tell, counselor, does it not seem that you are conceding that the events in the 'snapshot' are true? Granted that there might be other relevant matters in the case, but I am dying to know what circumstances might exonerate a 36-year-old teacher who has sex with and gives drugs to a 15-year-old student? Does the law provide for any mitigating circumstances in events such as this snapshot, whereby a greater evil is prevented by bonking your student & giving him a doobie?

    Sometimes these lawyers should be locked in a cage and forced to listen to themselves. :D

    More comprehensive coverage of the case is here: Jessica Pomerleau, Limerick, Maine (arrested Oct 2011)
  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    with a special education student...somehow there's a making of a joke in there somewhere.
    I don't fault her lawyer too much--what's he supposed to do? *He* didn't scr*w that kid. He has to do what he can for his client. I remember a rape case (involving a very young victim) where I was in the final group of jurors, where we were introduced to the defending attorney and to his client. The young public defender visibly leaned away from his client, with his whole body language shouting "don't look at me, I'm not this perp's friend". Understandable, but an awful way to represent a client.

    presumed innocent....
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    She'd better hope he's thinking more clearly when it's time for his summation to the jury. :eek:
  4. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    ""The affidavit is not even close to the entire case. That's the snapshot of the case the sheriff's office decided to give the judge to get the arrest warrant," Webb said after Pomerleau left the courthouse."

    Definitely weird phrasing. That 'snapshot' was probably the strongest evidence they had in order to get the judge to issue the arrest warrant.

    She's saying she's innocent... So, if her attorney and she believe that, then how are they explaining the cell phone? Maybe they'll say that she was having an affair with someone else, the boy found the phone and was put up to lying by the woman who called the cops. Convoluted, but maybe.

    Otherwise, things look pretty damning for her.

    But yes, innocent until proven guilty and the burden is on the state. As for the defense attorney .... We're supposed to defend clients 'zealously'. Scroll down to Canon 7 , "A Lawyer Should Represent A Client Zealously Within The Bounds Of The Law". You'll see what's required. If we don't follow the professional responsibility rules, we can be sanctioned - suspended or disbarred.

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