Overheard in District Court

A Roll of the Dice in One Act

Defense Lawyer: You understand that the judge has the final say. You can pay these back probation fees, and he can still decide to revoke your probation and you can end up doing the whole 12 months. Client: I know, but I’m going to roll the dice. Defense Lawyer: Just so you know. Client: Someone…

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Gideon v. Wainwright in One Act

Overheard in Wake County Criminal District Court: Judge: Sir, you have the right to hire your own attorney, represent yourself, or have a court appointed lawyer. Of those three choices, what would you like to do? Defendant (in custody): I’ll hire my own lawyer. Judge: Do you think you can afford a lawyer? Defendant: I’ll…

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Probation Violation Hearing in One Act

The names have been changed to protect the innocent. Prosecutor: Mr. Defense Attorney, does the Defendant waive a formal reading of his violation report, and admit the violation, and the willfulness thereof? Defense Attorney: Yes. Prosecutor: Judge, the next matter is the case of Joe Smith. Mr. Smith was convicted of felony larceny and a…

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