Attorney, not miracle worker.

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September 6, 2012 by williamsjustliving

Greetings, I will one day soon be an attorney. I will not have the power to either raise the dead or walk on water. Please see Jesus of Nazareth. I will not have the ability to fly or move faster than a speeding bullet. Please see Superman.

I will more than likely work to help those accused of committing crimes. As an attorney, it will be my job to make sure that the state has adhered to the requirements of the legal system and to zealously defend my client. And I will do that.

That doesn’t change the fact that I’m not a miracle worker. If the state has a pile of proof against you deep and wide, then I can’t necessarily make that go away. If the state has credible eye witnesses that place you at the scene, I can’t necessarily discredit their testimony. If you are guilty, I can’t necessarily undo the possibility that the jury will find that the state met its burden of proof. You are innocent until proven guilty, but I can’t necessarily undo the possibility that the jury will find that the state has proven you to be guilty.

No attorney can guarantee what a jury will or will not do. We are not miracle workers. It is a sad commentary that some Americans have come to believe that retaining an attorney is like buying one’s self a carte blanche.

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