Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Here's Your Sign

At my job, I cover phones two days a week and let me tell you, we get all kinds calling in. I know that sounds harsh but you have to wonder sometimes. I get it, maybe sometimes people don’t hear me correctly or they’re confused or lazy. But honestly! Here is an example of what I go through.

Me: Good morning, [name of company]

Caller: Is this the office of [repeats name of company]

Me: Yes, the law offices of [name of company]

Caller: You’re a law office?

Caller: Is so-and-so there?
Me: I’m sorry she’s out of the office until tomorrow.

Caller: Ok so she’s not in right now?

Caller: Yeah someone from this number called me.
Me: Ok…do you know who?

Caller: I have no idea.

Me: Um…are you a client here, or an attorney or….

Caller: I don’t know, I just got a call.

Me: You don’t know if you’re a client?

Caller: I don’t think so.

Me: Did they leave a message?

Caller: Yeah. I didn’t listen to it.

Me: Why don’t you listen to the message and call back?

Caller: Can’t you just ask someone who called me?

Me: There are about 20 people here and if you don’t even know if you’re a client, that’s going to be impossible.

Caller: Why don’t I listen to the message and call back?
Caller: Is [NAME OF ATTORNEY] there?
Me: She is not in. Would you like to speak with her assistant or leave a voice mail?

Caller: Yes

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Confessions of An Innocent Man

I recently read a book called Confessions of An Innocent Man by David R. Dow.

 This book was very impressive to me. I enjoyed the writing style and the story kept my attention from beginning to end. To sum it up, it’s about a man who was wrongly accused of murdering his wife and was sentenced to the death penalty.

The death penalty. A touchy subject for most, I’m sure. I won’t publicly place my opinion on the subject, but I will say that I believe in “innocent until proven guilty.” I feel that in a lot of cases, people are thrown into prison too easily without really making sure every piece of evidence points to them.

It saddens me to know that there have been people who have been put into prison or have gotten the death penalty, and it turned out they were innocent. Sure, the people who don’t get the death penalty get to go free, but they have lost so much of their freedom and respect and that’s difficult when they go back out into the real world. Or the ones who get the death penalty and everyone finds out too late that they were innocent. What does it matter now, if they are pardoned, other than people knowing the truth?

I guess I’m just not entirely confident in “the system.” How many cases do you think there are out there where someone was thrown into prison and given the death penalty because light evidence pointed to them and no one took the time to dig further? You know, a case of “it’s enough evidence, toss them.” Or maybe I’ve read too many fiction novels. Love my Mary Higgins Clark and John Grisham stories!

The book, Confessions of an Innocent Man, was truly remarkable (bravo, author David R. Dow) and it’s available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It may also be available at your local library. Check it out, if you have the stomach for it.

In closing, here are some sad statistics:

The total number of people exonerated is 165, with the most recent being Clifford Williams, Jr. on March 28, 2019. (deathpenaltyinfo.org)

One in 25 Sentenced to Death in the U.S. is Innocent, Study Claims (newsweek.com)