Monday, January 12, 2009

Anyone Give A Crap What Prosecutors Think?

Except for a few like my buddy-ole-pal Ken Lammers who's celebrating his 7 year anniversary as a blogger, prosecutors are generally absent from the blogosphere. There are those double decade prosecutors who sometimes post comments with their own name, taking the position "what are they gonna do, I'm the only one who knows what's going on here" attitude.

I understand, you work for a public official, you spend your days avoiding any attention within the office for disturbing the apple cart. You don't want to be the reason the local paper is focused on the office, and you live every day hoping you do everything you are told, so not to get fired or disciplined. Advocacy at it's finest.

I understand.

So I was pleased to stumble upon this guest post appropriately titled "The Anonymous Prosecutor Vents," on the similarly appropriately titled Ft. Worth Criminal Defense Attorney Shawn Matlock's Blog.

Mr. Anonymous Prosecutor boldly begins by putting out there the reputation enjoyed by criminal defense blogs: "It seems that the purpose of blogging from the criminal defense bar is to complain about ignorant prosecutors that don't understand the lives of criminal defendants, or to talk about how great you are as a defense attorney."

He then lays out his "Top Ten Things Prosecutors Hate About Defense Attorneys."

Mr. Anonymous Prosecutor is dead on.

He talks about rudeness, defense attorney expectations, and the obvious lack of discretion,

He takes his accurate assesment to a bolder level of anonynimity by stating to you Mr. Big Shot Defense Lawyer:

"You're probably not as good as you think you are. Yes, there are those of you that are good at what you do, and there are those of you that shouldn't be let in the front door. We know who you are."

His number one thing that he hates about defense lawyers? Well, you're just going to have to read the post, but he's again, absolutely correct.

Mr. Anonymous Prosecutor, I respect your desire to speak from behind the frosted glass door, I just wish I knew who you were so I could shake your hand, and ask you for a better plea the other guy got.

Brian Tannebaum is a criminal defense lawyer in Miami, Florida practicing in state and federal court. Read his free ebook The Truth About Hiring A Criminal Defense Lawyer. To learn more about Brian and his firm, Tannebaum Weiss, please visit

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