The magic of dissipating tension on the road to winning persuasion

Highly-rated Northern Virginia criminal defense/DWI defense lawyer Jon Katz focuses on winning advocacy at every turn. Since 1991

Nov 03, 2015 The magic of dissipating tension on the road to winning persuasion

While we cannot blind ourselves to the police and prosecutors who too often do not play fair, to say the least, criminal defendants still need their lawyers to persuade those needed to be persuaded, including at times those police and prosecutors who do not play fair.

A great example of this is from the annals of the late great trial lawyer Bob Ritchie, who was generous of his time and attention to his fellow criminal defense lawyers, and who ever so graciously said when the bill arrived for around 15 haphazardly assembleld criminal defense lawyers at a restaurant “I’ll pay,”  which gracious generosity apparently was common :

A fellow lawyer blew me away soon after Bob’s passing in 2006, recounting his 10:00 p.m. odyssey several years before facing a hostile atmosphere  when investigating a case at a police station. Eventually entered an unknown man the lawyer took to be a detective, chatting comfortably with the police and the lawyer, pouring a cup of old coffee (notice how Bob did not let his apparently ample financial assets make him a snob coffee-wise nor otherwise). The tension disappeared. The unknown man left, and the lawyer asked who he is. Who else? Bob Ritchie.

Deeply thanking and bowing to Bob Ritchie.

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