Today I made a rookie public defender mistake. I counted my eggs before they hatched. Or, more specifically, I counted my pleas before they were entered.
This morning I did the math. "If all these pleas go through, I'll have 5 fewer cases by the end of the week." And I felt satisfied.
Well, wouldn't you know it, 4 of my clients have balked at their pleas already. One balked at the plea he specifically asked me to get for him!
Back to the drawing board...