The courtroom equivalent of "the dog ate my homework. Five times."
An interesting court transcript, from the Friesen prosecution. The prosecutor is trying to dodge and weave on why certain important documents were not disclosed to the defense, despite a court order, and neither the judge nor the defense attorney is giving him an inch of slack. "I'll go dismiss the jury for [sic--after] wasting their day. If I could sanction the government I would, but it would just be money out of the government's pocket for paying the government, but I don't want this to happen again." (No idea why he didn't sanction the individuals responsible, perhaps he just wanted to get the threat on the record in case he had to do it later).
I wonder if the fact that the judge was once the U.S. Attorney had anything to do with him not sanctioning the AUSAs?
Posted by: Letalis Maximus, Esq. at August 30, 2009 06:46 AM
I have a real problem with government lawyers who have taking an oath to defend the laws and rights of the citizens. Playing fast and lose with the truth.
Posted by: AvgJoe at August 30, 2009 09:06 AM