Drug possession defendant Christopher Jansen, on trial in March in
Pontiac, Michigan, said he had been searched without a warrant. The
prosecutor said the officer didn't need a warrant because a "bulge" in
Christopher's jacket could have been a gun. Nonsense, said Christopher,
who happened to be wearing the same jacket that day in court. He handed
it over so the judge could see it. The judge discovered a packet of
cocaine in the pocket and laughed so hard he required a five-minute
recess to compose himself.
Oklahoma City...Dennis Newton was on trial for the armed robbery of a
convenience store in a district court this week when he fired his
lawyer. Assistant district attorney Larry Jones said Newton, 47, was
doing a fair job of defending himself until the store manager testified
that Newton was the robber. Newton jumped up, accused the woman of lying
and then said, "I should of blown your [expletive] head off." The
defendant paused, then quickly added, "-if I'd been the one that was
there." The jury took 20 minutes to convict Newton and recommended a 30
R.C. Gaitlin, 21, walked up to two patrol officers who were showing their
squad car computer equipment to children in a Detroit neighborhood. When
he asked how the system worked, the officer's asked him for a piece of
identification. Gaitlin give them his driver's license, they entered it
into the computer, and moments later they arrested Gaitlin because
information on the screen showed Gaitlin was wanted for a two year old
armed robbery in St. Louis, Missouri.
Subject: The lawyers Point of View
This was taken from the Alameda County District Attorney's Office
publication "The Point of View" In a murder trial, the defense attorney
was cross-examining a pathologist. Here's what happened:
ATTORNEY: Before you signed the death certificate, had you taken the pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you listen to the heart?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, when you signed the death certificate you weren't sure the
man was dead, were you?
CORONER: Well, let me put it this way. The man's brain was sitting in a
jar on my desk. But I guess it's possible he could be out there
practicing law somewhere.