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Old 05-11-2014, 06:29 AM  
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Public Defender lays down some serious words.

http://www.amren.com/features/2014/0...blic-defender/

I cant imagine doing what these people do, put up with so much, and I assume paid poorly.



Confessions of a Public Defender
May 9th
Michael Smith, American Renaissance, May 9, 2014

I am a public defender in a large southern metropolitan area. Fewer than ten percent of the people in the area I serve are black but over 90 per cent of my clients are black. The remaining ten percent are mainly Hispanics but there are a few whites.

I have no explanation for why this is, but crime has racial patterns. Hispanics usually commit two kinds of crime: sexual assault on children and driving under the influence. Blacks commit many violent crimes but very few sex crimes. The handful of whites I see commit all kinds of crimes. In my many years as a public defender I have represented only three Asians, and one was half black.

As a young lawyer, I believed the official story that blacks are law abiding, intelligent, family-oriented people, but are so poor they must turn to crime to survive. Actual black behavior was a shock to me.

The media invariably sugarcoat black behavior. Even the news reports of the very crimes I dealt with in court were slanted. Television news intentionally leaves out unflattering facts about the accused, and sometimes omits names that are obviously black. All this rocked my liberal, tolerant beliefs, but it took me years to set aside my illusions and accept the reality of what I see every day. I have now served thousands of blacks and their families, protecting their rights and defending them in court. What follow are my observations.

Although blacks are only a small percentage of our community, the courthouse is filled with them: the halls and gallery benches are overflowing with black defendants, families, and crime victims. Most whites with business in court arrive quietly, dress appropriately, and keep their heads down. They get in and get out–if they can–as fast as they can. For blacks, the courthouse is like a carnival. They all seem to know each other: hundreds and hundreds each day, gossiping, laughing loudly, waving, and crowding the halls.

When I am appointed to represent a client I introduce myself and explain that I am his lawyer. I explain the court process and my role in it, and I ask the client some basic questions about himself. At this stage, I can tell with great accuracy how people will react. Hispanics are extremely polite and deferential. An Hispanic will never call me by my first name and will answer my questions directly and with appropriate respect for my position. Whites are similarly respectful.

A black man will never call me Mr. Smith; I am always “Mike.” It is not unusual for a 19-year-old black to refer to me as “dog.” A black may mumble complaints about everything I say, and roll his eyes when I politely interrupt so I can continue with my explanation. Also, everything I say to blacks must be at about the third-grade level. If I slip and use adult language, they get angry because they think I am flaunting my superiority.

At the early stages of a case, I explain the process to my clients. I often do not yet have the information in the police reports. Blacks are unable to understand that I do not yet have answers to all of their questions, but that I will by a certain date. They live in the here and the now and are unable to wait for anything. Usually, by the second meeting with the client I have most of the police reports and understand their case.

Unlike people of other races, blacks never see their lawyer as someone who is there to help them. I am a part of the system against which they are waging war. They often explode with anger at me and are quick to blame me for anything that goes wrong in their case.

Black men often try to trip me up and challenge my knowledge of the law or the facts of the case. I appreciate sincere questions about the elements of the offense or the sentencing guidelines, but blacks ask questions to test me. Unfortunately, they are almost always wrong in their reading, or understanding, of the law, and this can cause friction. I may repeatedly explain the law, and provide copies of the statute showing, for example, why my client must serve six years if convicted, but he continues to believe that a hand-written note from his “cellie” is controlling law.

The cellie who knows the law.
The risks of trial
The Constitution allows a defendant to make three crucial decisions in his case. He decides whether to plea guilty or not guilty. He decides whether to have a bench trial or a jury trial. He decides whether he will testify or whether he will remain silent. A client who insists on testifying is almost always making a terrible mistake, but I cannot stop him.

Most blacks are unable to speak English well. They cannot conjugate verbs. They have a poor grasp of verb tenses. They have a limited vocabulary. They cannot speak without swearing. They often become hostile on the stand. Many, when they testify, show a complete lack of empathy and are unable to conceal a morality based on the satisfaction of immediate, base needs. This is a disaster, especially in a jury trial. Most jurors are white, and are appalled by the demeanor of uneducated, criminal blacks.

Prosecutors are delighted when a black defendant takes the stand. It is like shooting fish in a barrel. However, the defense usually gets to cross-examine the black victim, who is likely to make just as bad an impression on the stand as the defendant. This is an invaluable gift to the defense, because jurors may not convict a defendant—even if they think he is guilty—if they dislike the victim even more than they dislike the defendant.


Most criminal cases do not go to trial. Often the evidence against the accused is overwhelming, and the chances of conviction are high. The defendant is better off with a plea bargain: pleading guilty to a lesser charge and getting a lighter sentence.

The decision to plea to a lesser charge turns on the strength of the evidence. When blacks ask the ultimate question—”Will we win at trial?”—I tell them I cannot know, but I then describe the strengths and weaknesses of our case. The weaknesses are usually obvious: There are five eyewitnesses against you. Or, you made a confession to both the detective and your grandmother. They found you in possession of a pink cell phone with a case that has rhinestones spelling the name of the victim of the robbery. There is a video of the murderer wearing the same shirt you were wearing when you were arrested, which has the words “In Da Houz” on the back, not to mention you have the same “RIP Pookie 7/4/12” tattoo on your neck as the man in the video. Etc.

If you tell a black man that the evidence is very harmful to his case, he will blame you. “You ain’t workin’ fo’ me.” “It like you workin’ with da State.” Every public defender hears this. The more you try to explain the evidence to a black man, the angrier he gets. It is my firm belief many black are unable to discuss the evidence against them rationally because they cannot view things from the perspective of others. They simply cannot understand how the facts in the case will appear to a jury.

This inability to see things from someone else’s perspective helps explain why there are so many black criminals. They do not understand the pain they are inflicting on others. One of my robbery clients is a good example. He and two co-defendants walked into a small store run by two young women. All three men were wearing masks. They drew handguns and ordered the women into a back room. One man beat a girl with his gun. The second man stood over the second girl while the third man emptied the cash register. All of this was on video.

My client was the one who beat the girl. When he asked me, “What are our chances at trial?” I said, “Not so good.” He immediately got angry, raised his voice, and accused me of working with the prosecution. I asked him how he thought a jury would react to the video. “They don’t care,” he said. I told him the jury would probably feel deeply sympathetic towards these two women and would be angry at him because of how he treated them. I asked him whether he felt bad for the women he had beaten and terrorized. He told me what I suspected—what too many blacks say about the suffering of others: “What do I care? She ain’t me. She ain’t kin. Don’t even know her.”


As a public defender, I have learned many things about people. One is that defendants do not have fathers. If a black even knows the name of his father, he knows of him only as a shadowy person with whom he has absolutely no ties. When a client is sentenced, I often beg for mercy on the grounds that the defendant did not have a father and never had a chance in life. I have often tracked down the man’s father–in jail–and have brought him to the sentencing hearing to testify that he never knew his son and never lifted a finger to help him. Often, this is the first time my client has ever met his father. These meetings are utterly unemotional.

Many black defendants don’t even have mothers who care about them. Many are raised by grandmothers after the state removes the children from an incompetent teenaged mother. Many of these mothers and grandmothers are mentally unstable, and are completely disconnected from the realities they face in court and in life. A 47-year-old grandmother will deny that her grandson has gang ties even though his forehead is tattooed with a gang sign or slogan. When I point this out in as kind and understanding way as I can, she screams at me. When black women start screaming, they invoke the name of Jesus and shout swear words in the same breath.

Black women have great faith in God, but they have a twisted understanding of His role. They do not pray for strength or courage. They pray for results: the satisfaction of immediate needs. One of my clients was a black woman who prayed in a circle with her accomplices for God’s protection from the police before they would set out to commit a robbery.

The mothers and grandmothers pray in the hallways–not for justice, but for acquittal. When I explain that the evidence that their beloved child murdered the shop keeper is overwhelming, and that he should accept the very fair plea bargain I have negotiated, they will tell me that he is going to trial and will “ride with the Lord.” They tell me they speak to God every day and He assures them that the young man will be acquitted.

The mothers and grandmothers do not seem to be able to imagine and understand the consequences of going to trial and losing. Some–and this is a shocking reality it took me a long time to grasp–don’t really care what happens to the client, but want to make it look as though they care. This means pounding their chests in righteous indignation, and insisting on going to trial despite terrible evidence. They refuse to listen to the one person–me–who has the knowledge to make the best recommendation. These people soon lose interest in the case, and stop showing up after about the third or fourth court date. It is then easier for me to convince the client to act in his own best interests and accept a plea agreement.

Part of the problem is that underclass black women begin having babies at age 15. They continue to have babies, with different black men, until they have had five or six. These women do not go to school. They do not work. They are not ashamed to live on public money. They plan their entire lives around the expectation that they will always get free money and never have to work. I do not see this among whites, Hispanics, or any other people.
The black men who become my clients also do not work. They get social security disability payments for a mental defect or for a vague and invisible physical ailment. They do not pay for anything: not for housing (Grandma lives on welfare and he lives with her), not for food (Grandma and the baby-momma share with him), and not for child support. When I learn that my 19-year-old defendant does not work or go to school, I ask, “What do you do all day?” He smiles. “You know, just chill.” These men live in a culture with no expectations, no demands, and no shame.

If you tell a black to dress properly for trial, and don’t give specific instructions, he will arrive in wildly inappropriate clothes. I represented a woman who was on trial for drugs; she wore a baseball cap with a marijuana leaf embroidered on it. I represented a man who wore a shirt that read “rules are for suckers” to his probation hearing. Our office provides suits, shirts, ties, and dresses for clients to wear for jury trials. Often, it takes a whole team of lawyers to persuade a black to wear a shirt and tie instead of gang colors.

From time to time the media report that although blacks are 12 percent of the population they are 40 percent of the prison population. This is supposed to be an outrage that results from unfair treatment by the criminal justice system. What the media only hint at is another staggering reality: recidivism. Black men are arrested and convicted over and over. It is typical for a black man to have five felony convictions before the age of 30. This kind of record is rare among whites and Hispanics, and probably even rarer

At one time our office was looking for a motto that defined our philosophy. Someone joked that it should be: “Doesn’t everyone deserve an eleventh chance?”

I am a liberal. I believe that those of us who are able to produce abundance have a moral duty to provide basic food, shelter, and medical care for those who cannot care for themselves. I believe we have this duty even to those who can care for themselves but don’t. This world view requires compassion and a willingness to act on it.

My experience has taught me that we live in a nation in which a jury is more likely to convict a black defendant who has committed a crime against a white. Even the dullest of blacks know this. There would be a lot more black-on-white crime if this were not the case.
However, my experience has also taught me that blacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well. They are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike.

I do not know the solution to this problem. I do know that it is wrong to deceive the public. Whatever solutions we seek should be based on the truth rather than what we would prefer was the truth. As for myself, I will continue do my duty to protect the rights of all who need me.
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Old 05-11-2014, 07:29 PM   #46
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I would just love to know which city he was in
Yeah! I bet that makes all the difference in the world.
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Old 05-11-2014, 07:29 PM   #47
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that is some serious liberal way of thinking. smh
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Old 05-11-2014, 07:31 PM   #48
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Everything he wrote is an ignorant clap trap for people who want to believe race is the justification for every good hook they want to latch it on to.
Everything he wrote centers around his confession that his liberal sensibilities (which probably led him to this public defender career in the first place) were utterly dumb. And what factors caused his change of heart.
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Old 05-11-2014, 07:38 PM   #49
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Then why didn't you sell drugs? Why didn't I? Why were we willing to work honest jobs at low wages when we could be like inner city blacks and sling rock instead?
Because we came from more stable positive environments that gave us examples of middle class living with visible paths to achieving it?

(Read the Freakonomics chapter... most gang drug dealers low on the totem poll don't make great money, but they see the path to the top of the drug chain as attainable opposed to the straight path)

In my personal case, there was also the whole idea that I have and love my dogs and don't really don't crave money enough to risk some cops breaking down my door and shooting my dogs and one of my jobs in college paid over 11 an hour, so I was never really hurting for cash anyway.
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Old 05-11-2014, 07:41 PM   #50
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I think everybody understands that. I think people disagree with which aspects those are.
Look at the above, at the issue of fatherlessness for example. Or the culture around living on public benefits. Both those things could be directly linked to the problems with empathy for others that the writer was discussing.

Those are not neutral for the society. It's not neutral to be unable to communicate when you have legal problems. It's not neutral to not support one's self or one's offspring.

I think that we have a problem in our society in that we think every difference is to be celebrated or encouraged, that diversity is good purely be definition. In many ways it is good, but it's not good if in the name of those things we can't ask people to handle their own business.
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:49 PM   #51
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As long as education is based in property value taxes, then people in poor areas will get a different level of education than people in affluent areas.
My public education was so bad it made me not give a **** about the lives or well being of people I shoot and curb stomp, or whether it's right to rob people and businesses at gunpoint. I was never taught that the notion that the only person in the world that matters to me is me might not be correct.

Take pity on me and get me out of responsibility for the carnage I've inflicted on others or I'll **** you up too.
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:58 PM   #52
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My public education was so bad it made me not give a **** about the lives or well being of people I shoot and curb stomp, or whether it's right to rob people and businesses at gunpoint. I was never taught that the notion that the only person in the world that matters to me is me might not be correct.

Take pity on me and get me out of responsibility for the carnage I've inflicted on others or I'll **** you up too.
But what if you had an influence in your life like a dad that fought life's struggles everyday so he could buy you clothes and food? One that would put you back in line when you decided stealing from someone else was wrong?

Would you be the same little prick?
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I think we have all either told for ourselves or heard someone else tell a story about how their father got up every day and went to work at a punishing job for low pay, and worked in the summer heat and winter cold, or worked two or more jobs to make ends meet.

For most of us, that's inspiring. That's where we get our idea of what a work ethic is. That's where we get the idea that work is respectable even when (especially when) it would be easier to just be a layabout.

But what if you never saw that when you were growing up? What if you never saw anybody doing that, and nobody you knew ever saw anybody doing that?

What if you never saw anyone struggle?

What if you woke up every day, in a house with your brothers and sisters, and your mom, and perhaps a random baby's daddy, living with a grandmother and no one in the home worked. Everyone was on public benefits. Everyone in the neighborhood was too.

I can imagine that it starts to look like "rules are for suckers", and that work is for suckers too, and that you are entitled to your handout because everyone else in the neighborhood gets theirs. And when everyone around you idolizes rappers and the only people in the neighborhood in nice clothes are the drug dealers and criminals, your perspective gets skewed.
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Anyone ever hear of Marva Collins, a black educator who worked miracles in the inner-city Chicago schools with impoverished children?
Marva Collins created her low cost private school specifically for the purpose of teaching low income African American children whom the Chicago public school system had labeled as being "learning disabled."

One article about Marva Collins' school stated, "Working with students having the worst of backgrounds, those who were working far below grade level, and even those who had been labeled as 'unteachable,' Marva was able to overcome the obstacles. News of third grade students reading at ninth grade level, four-year-olds learning to read in only a few months, outstanding test scores, disappearance of behavioral problems, second-graders studying Shakespeare, and other incredible reports, astounded the public."

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Old 05-11-2014, 09:18 PM   #55
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My public education was so bad it made me not give a **** about the lives or well being of people I shoot and curb stomp, or whether it's right to rob people and businesses at gunpoint. I was never taught that the notion that the only person in the world that matters to me is me might not be correct.

Take pity on me and get me out of responsibility for the carnage I've inflicted on others or I'll **** you up too.

I certainly hope you aren't trying to attribute this snark as a copy of my thoughts, as I wasn't in the zip code of saying that. I was simply responding to a post about education.
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Old 05-11-2014, 09:53 PM   #56
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I would imagine the whites in his southern city are in court for domestic violence, child sex crimes, drug cases and the occasional copper theft. I will also say, that while we are 2 generations away from it, there was a good stretch where lawyers in the south worked with the government against non-whites.
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Old 05-11-2014, 11:28 PM   #57
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Because we came from more stable positive environments that gave us examples of middle class living with visible paths to achieving it?

(Read the Freakonomics chapter... most gang drug dealers low on the totem poll don't make great money, but they see the path to the top of the drug chain as attainable opposed to the straight path)

In my personal case, there was also the whole idea that I have and love my dogs and don't really don't crave money enough to risk some cops breaking down my door and shooting my dogs and one of my jobs in college paid over 11 an hour, so I was never really hurting for cash anyway.

So you avoided slinging drugs because you cared about your dogs? What a white person thing to say. The article mentions many of these guys don't even know their fathers - didn't even care about live breathing children. And you care about your......dogs?
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:01 AM   #58
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So you avoided slinging drugs because you cared about your dogs? What a white person thing to say. The article mentions many of these guys don't even know their fathers - didn't even care about live breathing children. And you care about your......dogs?
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:31 AM   #59
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So you avoided slinging drugs because you cared about your dogs? What a white person thing to say. The article mentions many of these guys don't even know their fathers - didn't even care about live breathing children. And you care about your......dogs?
If I had kids, I'd say the same thing--- Though cops won't shoot your kids. They will shoot your dogs. So, it would be more for the staying out of jail while having kids angle.

But I'm also not completely broke with little opportunity to change the situation. That could alter a persons perspective on dealing.

/I got my dog a month after my brother died. I'll stab anyone who hurts her. I was blessed by having her come into my life at the time I needed her the most.
//Yes, I am really close to my dog
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:59 AM   #60
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I would imagine the whites in his southern city are in court for domestic violence, child sex crimes, drug cases and the occasional copper theft. I will also say, that while we are 2 generations away from it, there was a good stretch where lawyers in the south worked with the government against non-whites.
I would think white-collar crime would be the more frequent crimes of whites. Wall street and mortgage fraud for instance. Domestic violence exist in non-whites and whites alike. White-collar crime gives new meaning to the world "white."
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