The article below deals with a situation that can always put a lawyer representing a client at trial in a predicament. Who calls the shots? You are hired to do a job and there can be a conflict in how you do that job. Do you hire a contractor and tell them how to frame the house? What would the contractor do?
In this case, the Defendant faced the death penalty. The lawyer was trying to spare him death and felt that admitting to the jury that his client committed the client was a sound strategy to save him from the death penalty. The client wanted to maintain a defense that he was innocent. Obviously, the lawyer knew that defense wouldn’t work.
Trial strategy goes a long way in protecting a lawyer from challenges about the job that he/she does at trial. It is a situation you never want to be in, but is inevitable. The family hiring you puts you in any even greater predicament because ethically, just because a third party hires you, you are representing your client and the wishes of the third party matter not.
Would this lawyer’s strategy have worked if the client had testified at trial and acknowledged that he committed the crime? The prosecution assuredly had plenty to cross-examine him with.
One of the hardest things to do when inmates get out of prison, is to find jobs. Let alone good jobs. Today, Governor Bevin unveiled a new apprenticeship program that will help inmates learn skilled jobs. This will help inmates meet employers and receive training while still serving their time. Then, once they are released, they will be more prepared to find good jobs.
Today, Governor Bevin introduced a new law to help convicts’ re-entry into society. Senate Bill 120 (SB120) was introduced to the KY Senate for consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Whitney Westerfield sponsored the bill. The purpose of the Bill is to help those who have served their time to get jobs and treatment. This bill resulted from the Criminal Justice Reform panel that Governor Bevin initiated this past summer.
This past summer, Kentucky’s Governor created a council to consider proposed changes to the state’s criminal justice system. The council has created proposals for criminal justice reform in the state. This would result in reduced jail time for many lower level offenses. This new approach is often referred to by the slogan, “Smart on Crime.” Lawmakers will consider the council’s recommendations in coming legislative sessions.