Sunday, October 11, 2015

Not in the Business of Compassion

The story of Glenn Ford is airing right now on 60 Minutes. I have to take a moment to recover from my anger and rage that the statement by ***fill in the superlative of your choosing*** (the names I am calling this man are not his legal/christian names, an irony on top of irony)  that marks the title of this blog.

I think that sums up all Lawyers frankly, regardless of what side of the aisle, defense or prosecution, sit.

Read the hateful missives aka "blawg" of that misanthrope Scott Greenfield. He is a defense Attorney and his nasty demeanor and dialog says all one needs to know about the defense. He needs a rest. A long rest.

I have never met the man, never exchanged a word with him or hired him. I read his blog and his excuse making rape apologizing is enough for me to think that this man is clearly on the wrong side of the courtroom. But then again despite being a graduate of a  third rate law school, years of being high on the food chain does that to any Lawyer so I would expect nothing less from he or his cohorts.

Then we have the Prosecutor of Glenn Ford, Marty Stroud. Here is what Mr. Stroud said about himself at the time of Glenn Fords prosecution: I was arrogant, narcissistic, caught up in the culture of winning.

We love to talk about a culture of a profession or a person hood. I have long objected to the term rape culture when applied to Universities or College campuses. That said there is a sick perversity that seems associated with fraternity life and the sports culture of college sports that encourages abuse - be it of drugs, alcohol, sex or each other. It is simply an abusive culture.

Then we have the criminal justice system or well any of the system of law that is about money. It is a culture associated with money and wins are often the money shot. I have said about mass shooters that they complain about their own sexual frustration and I have correlated it with the requisite cum shot of porn as equal to bullets. For lawyers winning and the subsequent money and attention is their cum shot.

Yes I hate Lawyers. Yes I am vulgar. Moving on.

In the case of Glenn Ford the deck was stacked an the Lawyers representing him were utterly unqualified and I would like to have heard why for the love of God they took the case. One individual had general civil practice, and another one did succession, wills and estates. They were not interviewed and frankly that too is a injustice as we should hear what these two dipshits excuse/justification/explanation for why they agreed to do it.

Then we have the jury and the lack of any black individuals. Well that is not shocking. Your jury of your peers is a concept best left to design. Glenn Ford is black. Who are his peers?

I have discussed repeatedly about Jury bias and this case was no different. Shocking, I know. Electric chair shocking when in 3 hours they found Mr. Ford guilty. Which given that in Louisiana 77% of cases with black defendants are found guilty this would be in conjunction with a  force majeure when it comes to jurisprudence.

And while Stroud went on to a successful legal career Mr. Ford went into death row cell and forgotten until the real murderer already in jail for another crime admitted his guilt.

Stroud has apologized and admitted he was wrong. However, Dale Cox, the acting district attorney of Caddo Parish, got Glenn Ford released after receiving the informant's information. As he sees it, the justice system worked and no one, including Marty Stroud, did anything wrong.

And then he said quite clearly: I think society should be employing the death penalty more rather than less. And later he said this: I'm not in the compassion business, none of us as prosecutors or defense lawyers are in the compassion business. I think the ministry is in the compassion business. We're in the legal business. So to suggest that somehow what has happened to Glenn Ford is abhorrent, yes, it's unfair. But it's not illegal. And it's not even immoral. It just doesn't fit your perception of fairness.

So an innocent man spent 30 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. The man died shortly after release and in turn the interview from stage IV lung cancer and the state of Louisiana refuses to compensate and remand him or his family, according to law,  money for serving time unjustly. The story explains the loopholes and restrictions that seemingly "justify" (pun intended) why he cannot claim this. But hey he got a $20 gift card.

I really don't have any more words. If you did not see the 60 Minutes, the transcript is here.

I am not in the business of compassion apparently that is reserved for the Pope or other religious individuals, but I am a human and I feel pain. I understand pain and while I don't have to have the exact same experience an individual experiences to feel pain, I can at least share that I understand and at try to help them work through it.

I know my Lawyer who has taken my savings, whom I have paid already an equivalent of an annual salary to, has never spoken to me in over one year. Not once. Ask me about that anger and that rage and if I can extend any compassion to him. Let me answer that no. I hired him to do his job and that better be the best job he can do. I assume speaking to me costs extra, so I will let that go in exchange for doing a good job.

Compassion costs extra.

And here is ironically a film called Framed, starring an actor named Glenn Ford

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