It just about broke me. Back to Back to Back trials. It certainly wasn't my idea. Rather, these were old cases that had been sitting around for a year and I was simply appointed and told that these were going to happen, one two three. I laughed at first, thinking how ridiculous that was. After that, I started thinking about these three cases as the three people they were and stopped laughing.
Thinking about that them as people and not as cases actually has an upside and a downside. If they are people, you care. You empathize. You want what is best for them. But it isn't really that simple. The decisions they make throughout the case and ultimately whether or not they should go to trial are not mine to make. Those decisions are entirely theirs. Regardless of whether those decisions might be the smartest or most idiotic on the planet. So, seeing them people is harder. However, seeing them as people is the only way to connect with them and also to help a jury connect with them as well. And a connection is critical. After all, we are claim that a presumption of innocence is supposed to exist but we also know that people generally don't give a damn. They don't care and won't care unless you give them a reason. And at a baseline human level is always the best place to start so that is how these trials all began.