Too early to tell
if the Chicago Police Department is now off the hook.
Even if the feds continue to press the CPD the level and enthusiasm for enforcement should be expected to wane with the new administration.
Like most attorneys, I’m skeptical about the effectiveness of any “forced” changes.
I’d rather see police departments change tactics from the inside out.
Here are two headlines from 2 very recent Premium Nugget episodes:
- Corrupt Officer Not A Good Enough Reason For Appellate Relief – Episode 282
- Defendant Likely Tortured Into Confessing: Relief Not Warranted – Episode 284
Which brings me to my point.
Even when severe “problems” in a department are revealed that doesn’t always lead to overturning questionable convictions.
The best protection against wrongful convictions and the best protection against corrupt police practices continues to be a competent, diligent defense attorney.
This may seem unfair.
Often, it may take years or decades beyond a conviction for any wrong doing to be revealed. But I think that even the “Innocence” lawyers agree the best thing for the wrongfully convicted is to avoid the conviction in the first place.
Nonetheless, that’s the mission…to provide the best defense possible out of the gate.
On the Premium Nuggets some episodes are like the 2 above. They describe the lay of the land and describe how things are.
The vast majority of the episodes dig deeper into the rules, procedures, and the rationale for what happens in court.
The podcast arms trial attorneys with what they need to provide the strongest, most diligent defense right out of the gate.
Come take a peek to see how it’s doing it…
Samuel Partida, Jr.