On Being Believed

  The case defendant says to the defense attorney: “Is this the meeting where I tell you I didn’t do it and then you tell me that it doesn’t matter . . .?”

Answer: “Whether you did it or not is irrelevant . . . It’s what the state can prove beyond a reasonable doubt”

Response: “No. I am tired of that legal bulls**t. It does matter! Don’t you see? It does matter. I need to be believed . . . I need you to believe me. I don’t care what the evidence is against me. I did NOT do this. Do you understand me? Do you believe me? If my own lawyer doesn’t believe me or care, then I don’t have a chance.”

                    From “The Brass Verdict” by Michael Connelly

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