Sometimes You Need To Stop and Survey the Territory When You're a Criminal Defense Attorney Representing People Facing Death
I try to avoid personal posting here, because my intent is to provide legal information that deals with capital punishment in this country today, for the use of both laymen and lawyers. In fact, soon I will be adding precedent and statutes and all sorts of reference links. Make things available that I think are helpful, informative, and best of all - free and accessible online 24/7.
But we've just moved into new offices, and I've got a nice view, the kind that only Miami can provide, and there's still the smell of new carpeting. I set at my solid, wooden desk -- the one that started with me when I first started practicing law and like me, it's a little banged up with the passage of time. (My wife wants me to get a new one. I like this old, trusty desk with not enough drawers.)
And as I look out over the expanse outside these windows, I think about where I sit and where I live - in Florida, in the United States, and I'm humbled. I am humbled by the beauty of the horizon; I am humbled by the enormity of our country and all that we stand for; and I'm humbled that I've been allowed to advocate not just for the accused, but for those who are facing a sentence of death if convicted of the crimes for which they have been charged. Can there be any greater duty for an attorney of law?
I'm honored to serve as the advocate for these defendants, and I'm especially dedicated to serving them since they are unknown and indigent (the legal term for poor), facing a justice system all too ready to kill them in name of punishment. To that end, today I want to publish their names here on this blog.
These are the criminal defendants facing a sentence of death for whom I have the honor of defending in a Florida court of law:
Frantzy Jean Marie