A trial in the Criminal Courts of Nashville Davidson County had an interesting outcome Monday. Four individuals were on trial for aggravated kidnapping as well as some other charges. During jury selection , it became apparent to defense counsel that there might not be enough jurors left to finish the jury selection process . .The
A criminal defense attorney’s work is not limited to jury trials.Most of the day to day work a criminal defense lawyer performs is trying to persuade a judge to embrace their legal position.From sentencing hearings , probation violation hearings , bond reduction hearings , and motions to suppress evidence , an attorney has to be able to make their case to the judge.
I have been rereading parts of Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner’s book , Making Your Case The Art of Persuading Judges.There are three main points that bears mentioning for my fellow attorneys.