Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Once More Into the Breech

Sometimes, things just get nuts

It's been way to long since I updated this place -- I know it, you know it, everyone knows it! But things have been a little crazy of late. Since my last post we've had a couple of people leave the office, one on family leave and one for a better/more challenging job in the big county to the south. Well, actually, two people left of the big county to the south, but one of them left at the first of the year and their replacement has been on board for a month. This is a bit more turnover than we've had lately and one of the direct consequences is that I get to do walk-in warrants again.

Used to be walk-in warrants were an excuse for the cops to seek out their favorite APA and sweet talk their way into a authorization. Now, it means one of two thing. One, this guys been in lock up for 43 hours and I've got to get this warrant through the system so I can arraign him this morning! Or, two, there's a crime here, somewhat, but I'm damned if I can find it. How about you Mister DA?

Needless to say, this is something of a distraction from writing, so lots of start overs and where the hell was I going with that? Plus, we had cert granted by our supreme court on a murder case and, in their own inimitable fashion, they added two issues for us to address. So, on top of the three I want them to think about, I've got two they pulled out out of thin air. Delightful.

And it's still not Spring here in the Baja annex of the Great White North!

More, as things happen.


Gideon said...

Welcome back! Sure sounds hectic. We had much of the same. We had an attorney come on board per diem to take over the caseload of another who moved to a more administrative position and then he too left rather quickly. So now I've got 4 cases with deadlines that are brand new to me. Youch.

Mister DA said...

Thanks. I'm going to try and be more regular in my posts here. Maybe more, shorter posts. . . We'll see.

I can sympathize with your pain. I've had a spate of inexperienced attorneys doing appeals and I'm getting real tired of not getting properly served (properly, heck, served at all) with my copy of the appellant's brief until either just before or well after my filing deadline.

Tom McKenna said...

Great blog... I'm linking to you and definitely nice to see other ministers of justice out here slogging away. Keep up the good work.

Gideon said...

I certainly look forward to reading more of your posts. Who says PDs and DA's can't be civil? Especially if they aren't working in the same state :)

Btw, I'm now posting here. Damned trial subscriptions that one forgets to cancel.

Inexperience is something that I think can be forgiven. Laziness and stupidity should never be.

Mister DA said...

Yeah, that distance makes the heart grow fonder (or just more tolerant) effect. Actually, out of 25-30 regular criminal defense practitioners in my county, there's only one whose neck I'd cheerfully wring, and I'd probably feel the same way even if he was an APA. The rest are pretty decent folks.