Sunday, February 3, 2013


Let’s talk about “the system,” a term used to describe our judicial system. Supposedly, it’s the best this country has to offer. Supposedly, our country’s system is better than that of any other country. At least that’s what experts say.


Ask any law enforcement officer. When you first join the force, you really believe you can make a difference. As time goes on, you realize that the system fails the victims, all the victims. I’ve seen it time and time again.


You try not to get overwhelmed by these cases, how criminals walk when they should be jailed. You make the arrests and prepare the cases as best you can, and whatever happens, happens. It’s not a good attitude to have. You cannot focus on the courtroom antics in the kangaroo court system. It’s so easy to lose a case on technicalities.


A defense attorney once told me that a defense attorney will get all the police paperwork and carefully review it, because likely somewhere in there is something that will allow him to get his client off on a technicality. Police are hastily completing paperwork because the supervisors are trying hard to limit overtime. Otherwise, the supervisors will be scrutinized and criticized for improper supervision. This rush causes mistakes, and mistakes enable defense attorneys to get their clients off on “reasonable doubt.” Let’s talk about reasonable doubt. [See Chapter 12.]


Excerpt from THE SHIELD OF GOLD, by Lenny Golino and Douglas Winslow Cooper, published by Outskirts Press, December 2012, and available from Outskirts , and Barnes and Noble.

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