Hey Lady!

Sometimes, when I'm in the pens behind the courtroom, speaking to my client, other prisoners decide that they want to talk to me too. Sometimes they want to know when their lawyer will be there, or if I can relay a message to their lawyer, sometimes they just want to vent: "I've been waiting back here all day!" Um, okay, sorry to hear that.

Of course, they don't know my name. So I've gotten used to a constant barrage of "Hey Lady!"

I'm thinking of getting one of these shirts to wear under my suit jacket.

If only they made a blonde version.

6 comments:

  1. I remember that well from my days as a PD. It always seemed that by being on the other side of the bars, you represented the establishment and, as a result, were subjected to the venting of frustrations if you didn't have the answer to every random question that was thrown your way. The mob mentaility also had a way of taking over in the holding pens--if one guy got mean, they all jumped on the bandwagon. But, that rarely happened.

    And, maybe you can get a "blond" shirt made for you;)

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  2. That is AWESOME!!

    Now I totally want one of those mugs.

    I haven't been this excited since I found the angrylittleasiangirl.com website.

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  3. As a law school graduate who is not currently practicing criminal law, I was just curious as to whether you or any other PDs believe that the vast majority of PDs have liberal political views. I'm not trying to be judgmental but that is what I have heard and I was wondering what you or any other PDs thought about the politics of PDs.

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  4. In response to the question posed by Anonymous. I can't answer your question completely; I don't have any statistics for you. But here is some anectdotal evidence:

    I have been a PD for about a year and a half. Most of my collegues are young, passionate liberals. Up until about a month ago, I assumed that all PD's were bleeding heart liberals.

    That is, until I met my current trial partner.

    He's in his 50's and comes from a blue collar background. He's a conservative republican. However much our political views differ, we both agree on a few major principles:

    Some people have difficult lives. They make stupid mistakes (like we all do do) and they shouldn't have to give up their lives over a momentary lapse in judgement. When a person is down, you help them up, you don't beat them down even more like we see prosecutors do everyday.

    We both believe that people should be punished for their wrongdoings, but we are also both very comforatble in the position of protecting people's rights and dignity in a process that too frequently bows to the political passions of the public, and the whims of career-minded prosecutors.

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  5. I agree with what the PD before me said. The majority of my office are liberal - that is, they tend to vote democrat, and probably have pretty similar pro-choice, anti-death penalty type views.

    I think I know a few PDs in my office who may have voted for Bush in the last election - and although they're in the minority, I don't see any reason why it prevents them from being excellent PDs.

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  6. Thanks for the feedback on the politics of PDs. I know this will make many of you mad, but I do love Pres. Bush and I have had enough the hatred coming from liberal student and profs at my law school the past few years. I know, I know, all you liberals say that your hatred is justified, and I'm not going to get into it. How people can justify an embracement of the most destructive of human emotions is beyond me, but I'm sure that you lawyers will come up with an explanation that makes you happy. I believe in what PDs do, but like I said, I just don't know if I can handle all the negativity coming from libs. Your blog postings make me think that I should probably avoid the whole PD scene, especially since I live in the NE part of the U.S. Thanks for the info.

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