A Special Day

April 1, 2011
/ Author: Rick

Those who are at least semi-regular readers of this blog will not be surprised by this post. You’ve known this day was coming for some time. Finally, the day has arrived.

I’m giving up. Throwing in the towel. Closing up shop.

UPDATE 4/4/2011: Apparently, about half the people reading this forgot something:

April 2010
April 2010

After four years of trying to make a go of things as a criminal defense attorney, I have finally accepted a position with the District Attorney’s Office in San Francisco.

Partly, as anyone who knows me will readily understand, it’s that I’ve always wanted to live in a big city, and San Francisco is about as big as they get.

Partly, it’s that I’ve grown tired of representing the downtrodden, the poor, the people who commit crimes left and right because — as any prosecutor can tell you — “they’re just drawn that way.” There comes a time when you just have to admit that you’re tired of clients and witnesses who provide “proof” of being somewhere else at the time a crime was committed when the prosecution has a police officer ready to testify at prelim that this can’t be true because lots of other people said they’re pretty sure your client might have been at the scene of the crime.

And how many times do I have to hear clients deny that they gave permission for police to search their homes, when the police — who represent the crème de la crème of society — testify at the suppression hearing that they were invited in. How many times do I have to hear the judge accept that he finds the officers credible enough to refuse to suppress the 500 pounds of marijuana and six scales found in the kitchen before I get that I’ve been duped?

No more. It’s over.

Effective immediately, I’m returning all the money my clients haven’t paid me so I can become a prosecutor.

It wouldn’t be fair to just disappear without telling you. And I know a lot of people have been linking to articles I’ve written here over the years, so I’ll leave this blog up. Besides, I did recently go to the trouble of redesigning this website and added links to Amazon to hopefully sell a few books that go along with the posts. (Don’t forget to check out the new offerings at the end of this post!)

I know some of you will be surprised and upset. I’m sorry for not telling you all sooner.

It just seemed better to make the announcement today for some reason.

Thank you.

Incidentally, if you haven’t heard about how the New York Times stepped in it again, check out Scott’s post. My new job won’t allow me to blog anymore anyway, so you might as well get used to reading his stuff.

I know. It’s not the same. But he tries.

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  1. Oh my gosh!!! I was in shock. No way, I said to myself, that you were becoming normal 🙂 This anti establishment friend of mine has finally seen the light. I fell for it hook, line and sinker. Very good!! I even thought – how ironic of you to announce this on April Fool’s Day! Nice one.

  2. @Dee Sepshun No doubt.

    One of my colleagues read it and, according to her office person, started crying.

    Apparently, there are people who actually believe that this long-haired anti-establishment fight-to-the-death criminal defense attorney would actually become a prosecutor.

    On the other hand, a friend who is a prosecutor heard about it and said, “Yeah, right.”

    @Mark Draughn: thank you for jerking my chain telling it straight the HUGE insult making me laugh out loud.

  3. I think this is the right move for you, Rick. As angry as you get when things don’t go the way you want, you’re a natural for the kind of job where you get to punish people. You’ll fit right in at the prosecutor’s office.

    (or was that below the belt?)

  4. Hank Delcore says:

    Damn, you had me too!

  5. As a resident of the (extended) Bay Area, I look forward to being wrongfully prosecuted by someone worthwhile for a change.

  6. Dee Sepshun says:

    Bet you scared the SF District Attorney’s Office with this post

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