Who Is Casey Rose? Part 6
Motion Hearing Continued
I’d like to put things into context for you.
Close your eyes. Imagine that you’re Casey Rose.
Imagine that you’ve been charged with conspiracy drug charges, and the only relief you feel is that you have an attorney who’s dedicated his life to fighting on behalf of the underdog.
So, there you are in jail, and your attorney comes to visit you.
You know that you’re in a substantial amount of trouble but, your attorney, this guy, is going to work some sort of mircle for you because that’s what they do. Right?
You take one look at him, and in your gut you know that you and him are cut from a different cloth.
He’s lucky. He got a different roll of the dice than you did. His parents probably both have college educations and his Volvo needs an oil change.
As he takes a seat in front of you and reaches into his briefcase you can’t help but wonder how much his suit set him back and if he plays golf with the prosecutor or the judge, or both.
You know that in his deepest of hearts, he can not empathize with you or your experiences. You know that truth be told, he’d never last a minute in your shoes.
You can see his mouth moving and forming words, but all you can think about is the last time you saw your daughter.
How can time stand still and flash before your eyes at the same time?
Now, you’re standing in front of this judge, the prosecutor, and the defense attorney. The defense attorney, the guy who tried to get you to sign a plea agreement accepting responsibility for 6900 grams, without actually telling you what the quantities were. You had to drag it out of him.
You’re shackled and at their mercy. This is a verbal wrestling match and the prize is your dignity.
Full Panic Mode
It’s like they’re speaking two different languages. Yes, Casey, who wouldn’t be in full panic mode?
Judge Boyle tells Casey that a difference in opinion on strategy is not enough of a reason to allow him to change attorneys. I’m not sure it would’ve done any good even if she would’ve allowed for it.
This is not about a difference in trial strategies. It’s about a system that’s centered around plea bargaining. Even if that means accepting responsibility for crimes you didn’t commit. When the lawmakers read the statistics it reads, “conviction.”
If cops can lie to get a confession, prosecutors can lie to get your testimony, and defense attorney can lie to get you to sign a plea, then who’s responsibility is it to tell the truth?
That’s a Matter of Opinion
When Casey asks the judge about his attorney’s dishonesty, her response is, “Well, that’s a matter of opinion and Mr. Anderson doesn’ agree with that point, and this is between you and him.”
This is one of many points during this trial that provides context for what Casey was up against.
At will, the court can become subjective. Unbelievable.
It may be difficult to see through the fog of despotism but, there is a purpose behind Casey’s wanting to go to trial.
Delay the Inevitable
It seems fairly obvious what Casey is doing here, he’s trying to get an attorney of his choosing to represent him. Someone who will fight for him.
They’re all on the same side, and it’s not Casey’s.
Let’s wrap the hearing up and get to the trial.
You Are on Your Own
As this hearing winds down, Casey is granted the ability to go Pro Se and represent himself at trial.
The judge has made her opinion known, that she does not agree with Casey’s decision.
The courts and the prosecutors have agreed to allow Casey the ability to be taken to the prosecutors office and review all of the evidence against him.
Judge Boyle tells Casey, “You are on your own.”
I think that point has been made abundantly clear.