This has become a little tradition here at my humble blog. Here's 2008,2007, and 2006.
In 2009, this criminal defense lawyer is thankful for:
 Prosecutors that don't spend their time crafting interesting prosecutions based on statutes that were never intended to be used in "that" way.
 Judges who say "I remember standing where you are," and actually do.
 Judicial assistants who don't believe being rude to my office staff is part of their job description.
 Bailiffs who know how to keep order without telling everyone to shut up every 2 minutes and making every lawyer feel they are about to go to jail if they don't "shut up" as well.
 Secretaries at prosecutor's offices who don't act like my phone call to the prosecutor may be a terrorist act. "No really, we're actually friends." "It's about a case, that he's prosecuting." Pick one.
 Clients who don't pretend they're calling on Monday morning for any reason other then to remind me they're my client. (There are none).
 Clients who wait 'till Tuesday to call for a case update. (There are few).
 Fellow defense lawyers who don't tell a potential client that they've "never heard of" a certain defense lawyer, even though they have. (There are some).
 Clerks who don't act like just the mere notion that I would think of speaking to them is a blight on their otherwise miserable day.
 Reporters who don't walk out of court and ask "so, what just happened in there." (I know one).
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 www.tannebaumweiss.com
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