Thursday, November 7, 2013

Franklin lawyer mocks prosecutor with demand to be called 'Captain Justice'

Franklin lawyer mocks prosecutor with demand to be called 'Captain Justice' 

When prosecutors in Williamson County tried to ban a defense attorney from referring to them as “the government” in court, defense attorney Drew Justice had a demand of his own:

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If the court sided with Rettig, he demanded his client no longer be referred to as “the Defendant,” but instead be called “Mister,” “the Citizen Accused” or “that innocent man” — since all defendants are presumed innocent until a judge or jury finds them guilty. As for himself, clearly “lawyer” or “defense attorney” wouldn’t do him, well, justice.

“Rather, counsel for the Citizen Accused should be referred to primarily as the ‘Defender of the Innocent.’ … Alternatively, counsel would also accept the designation ‘Guardian of the Realm,’ ” Justice wrote.

And since prosecutors are often referred to formally as “General” in court, Justice, in an effort to be flexible, offered up a military title of his own.

“Whenever addressed by name, the name ‘Captain Justice’ will be appropriate.”