You are right it is at least borderline unprofessional, but it depends on the circumstances. This sounds like a slam-dunk case that is only going to trial because it is a capital case. If the prosecutors were in a case that had any true element of contest about it, I would have more of a problem with the ties.
posted on 01/05/2003 4:56:41 PM PST
You know what bothers me, though? It is the way this out-of-town newspaper extrapolates--from a tasteless necktie, mind you--that there is a "culture" or something of "not caring," or "bloodthirstiness," or whatever, in that whole office.
If the ties clearly show a hangman's noose, that's not appropriate courtroom wear, even for a slam-dunk case. OTOH, if the tie is one of the defendant's main issues, sounds like his appeal is in trouble. I think his attorneys SHOULD try to make an issue of it, just to do their job.
But back to the other thing. It's like the liberal establishment, the ones typified by Amnesty Int'l., are targetting this place, this D.A.'s office. That ticks me off. LET THEM GO LIVE THERE SO AT LEAST THEY'LL KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE FOR THE VICTIMS.
After Ted Bundy's execution, a bunch of police officers where I live had a Bundy Barbecue, to celebrate. We're nowhere near where his crimes were, or where he was executed. They just wanted to celebrate something they saw as an improvement to the world--that man's exit from it. I see absolutely nothing wrong with that. They should be given extra consideration, because THEY are the ones who have to go get people like Bundy, and keep such a person away from US.
I've seen prosecutors who had a little electric chair in their office. Isn't that their own business? They really ARE asking juries to give the death penalty to people sometimes. So why SHOULDN'T they believe in the death penalty? Why are they not allowed to have opinions?
I also knew of a prosecutor who used to present a defendant in a serious felony case with a tube of K-Y, if there was a conviction. That's unprofessional, too. (Of course it wasn't done in front of a jury.) But if you could read the reports such a prosecutor reads on a daily basis-- unbelievable atrocities!
I've read a few New Orleans police reports in the past. Mother's boyfriend kicks 5-yr-old "Scooter" in the stomach, while wearing sharp-toed cowboy boots. Scooter slowly bleeds to death (internally) that night. "He seemed especially tired, so I put him to bed."
The DeBouie brothers, two black males, are angry at a woman one of them had dated. They wait till she's out, then they break into her project apartment and slit the throat of her 9-yr-old son, after trapping him in the bathroom. The 5-yr-old girl is found face-down on the bed, hand reaching towards the phone. She has been killed also. Only ONE of them got the death penalty!! Would it have shocked anyone's conscience if that prosecutor had gone up to one of those brothers, and handed him a tube of K-Y (long after the jury was gone) as he was carted off to prison?
I mean, for those who really have to study the gruesome details, how can they NOT want the guy to get the death penalty? And what the defendant "suffers" in such a case is NOTHING to what some victim suffered.
It's legitimate for a defendant to complain of biased behavior like the tie, on the part of the prosecutor, while they were in court. But out of court, I think it's a free speech issue. Last time I checked, prosecutors and police were allowed to have freedom of speech, like the rest of us. But who knows, maybe Amnesty International will get that changed.
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