The Courtroom of Public Opinion is now in session. Please be seated.
Our first order of enterprise as we speak is to resolve whether or not to adjourn as recommended by famous legal protection legal professional Bruce Harvey, who’s defending Bryan Anthony Rhoden, charged with three counts of homicide, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of kidnapping.
I say we wait, regardless that we’re going to be lectured as if now we have by no means been inside a courtroom and assume habeas corpus is a city in Texas.
“No rush to judgment could be justified in any case, least of all such a severe case as this one,” Harvey tells us. “Let’s depart the case to the courts, not the courtroom of public opinion, to protect as a lot as attainable an untainted, neutral jury pool.” In different phrases: Belief me. I’m a lawyer. (Insert joke right here.)
To refresh your self on the gory particulars, Rhoden was arrested on July 8 and charged with the July 3 taking pictures demise of a Kennesaw Pinetree Nation Membership golf professional. He’s additionally charged with killing two others: 76-year-old Paul Pierson from Kansas and 46-year-old Henry Valdez of California.
Shiller was shot and killed as he went to analyze a pickup truck that had simply pushed up on the tenth gap at Pinetree and which contained the our bodies of each Pierson and Valdez.
Rhoden is a rapper, I’m instructed, and enterprise should be fairly good since he appears to have the means to rent a man like Bruce Harvey, who’s drawn to high-profile instances like a moth to a again porch mild resembling these involving Atlanta’s notorious Gold Membership and former NFL star Ray Lewis.
The man is a showman. In his protection of a stripper on the long-shuttered Gold Membership, Harvey leaped onto a desk, saying, “That is what she does, she’s a stripper,” and started gyrating. Based on information experiences, Harvey started to take off his jacket and stored up the mock striptease routine till U.S. District Decide Willis Hunt closed down his act. Powerful luck, Bruce. I’ll wager you’ll have seemed nice in your skivvies.
I assume in his protection of Rhoden, identified to the music aficionados amongst us as B. Rod, Harvey will start his protection with a spirited rap ditty:
“Take a look at my man. He ain’t no idiot
He say y’all be method too cool.
However ain’t no method he coulda carried out what they are saying.
Trigger Bruce Harvey, he gonna save the day!”
RACKASNACKA! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
This isn’t B Rod’s first rodeo. Based on information experiences, he has a previous rap sheet, primarily for drug-related incidents and a few involving weapons.
How we obtained from that form of stuff to 3 counts of homicide, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of kidnapping is a thriller. As of this writing, there was a stunning and irritating dearth of data coming from the Cobb County police division.
In truth, the man wasn’t even arrested in Cobb. He was arrested by the Chamblee Police Division on unrelated expenses, together with DUI, driving a car with out insurance coverage, false identification and extra. Chamblee police say they didn’t know that Rhoden was a suspect within the triple homicide, and he bonded out of the DeKalb County Jail on Tuesday night, July 6.
In the course of the arrest, they are saying a big amount of cash was confiscated. With the assistance of the fugitive job pressure, investigators arrange a sting utilizing the confiscated cash and when Rhoden contacted the Chamblee police to retrieve the cash, he was taken into custody.
Now we await what is bound to be a circus of a trial, if and when it ever takes place. And you may anticipate Bruce Harvey to place all people he can on trial in addition to his shopper. Take this assertion: “Beneath our system of regulation, any particular person accused of against the law is just to be held accountable for that alleged crime, not by character assassination or unproven allegations.” Then he added, “We have now seen too many occasions just lately the police assassinating the character of an harmless one who they killed.”
Let me add that I’ve seen too many occasions showboat attorneys assassinate the character of regulation enforcement officers whose badge they aren’t worthy to put on with a view to get their shopper sprung, even when responsible.
Can I make a suggestion, Bruce? How about you knock off the condescending lectures like we’re a bunch of morons and keep in mind these things isn’t a sport the place you get to leap on a desk and gyrate and that there are extra victims right here than the man you appear anxious to make one. The authorized system doesn’t belong to you. It belongs to us, as effectively, and we frequently don’t belief the outcomes.
And regardless of how high-minded your pontifications, simply do not forget that the Courtroom of Public Opinion goes to be judging you, too. And ultimately, that’s the courtroom that counts.