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The judge boomed to me: “Why does that not surprise me” that you’re going to trial rather than pleading guilty?

Oct 27, 2014 The judge boomed to me: “Why does that not surprise me” that you’re going to trial rather than pleading guilty?

One day, a trial judge called my case to be heard, and I responded: "My client pleads not guilty. We are ready for trial." The judge boomed back "Why does that not surprise me?" after I had completed another recent trial with him.

I forget the result of this particular trial. I remember having received a good trial result close in time with this judge.

It is good for prosecutors to know that I am experienced going to trial, prepared for trial, and fearless to do so. That can help in achieving better case negotiations. When case negotiations are not fruitful enough, it is essential already to be ready for trial battle. Sometimes I reach favorable settlement negotiations only after the trial or motions hearing is underway.

I have sometimes wondered whether some governments go to war in part to keep their soldiers experienced. That is a gruesome thought, but likely true to a point, at least in the past. Trials are non-violent battles and wars. Nothing beats being battle-ready and battle-experienced for court.

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