I like twitter. It’s fun. Not just fun because you can “interact” with Nancy Grace, but also fun because you can “interact” with Sheriff Joe Arpaio. I like to think he gets as much out of our exchanges as I do. I could be wrong, though.
.@RealSheriffJoe @Riggs4AZgov nobody cares.
— Matthew J. Haiduk (@haiduklaw) July 22, 2014
Twitter can can get a little repetitious. Sometimes all you want to do is scroll through and learn if the Iron Sheik would prefer to watch “White Chicks” or “Ghandi” and people are blowing up your timeline with 65 straight tweets about #DanceMoms. Reading all of the repetitious stuff can give a man a fairly distorted view of reality– Especially if you are “subjected” (which I put in quotes because you really don’t have to follow anything on twitter you don’t want to… but I can’t help myself), to the tweets of the “justice system.”
“Justice system” means, of course, police, prosecutors, and those of the rest of them that are just trying to keep the world safe… As opposed to us who are just trying to “get all those guilty people off.” Because all that they want is for the truth to come out. We’re immoral, hired guns, doing whatever our obviously-guilty clients tell us to do. We don’t care about truth, right?
One day I’m flipping through the tweets from one of my favorite prosecutor’s offices and I noticed an unusually high number of convictions getting “tweeted” about. As a tax payer, I suppose I should be grateful for a one-billion-percent conviction rate. Call me ungrateful, then, but I couldn’t help but inquire about the hall-of-fame batting average they were putting up:
Elgin man guilty of multiple offenses stemming from domestic attack. http://t.co/Iedmvmdtj0 — Kane County SAO (@KaneSAO) July 28, 2014
Carpentersville man who made false bomb threat pleads guilty to multiple offenses http://t.co/zLnlH56BZj — Kane County SAO (@KaneSAO) July 28, 2014
All of these press releases seem to have a common theme. “@KaneSAO: Aurora man guilty of home invasion http://t.co/d7pMyBkfcF” — Matthew J. Haiduk (@haiduklaw) July 9, 2014
They never responded because, well, I’m not worth responding to. So, I let it go. They do their thing, I do mine, and who really cares what happens on Twitter, anyway?
Then a crazy thing happened. Today, while I was doing some work, minding my business, and trying to get pumped I got a text from a friend. Turns out he was not intimidated by the prosecutor’s office lifetime undefeated streak and he went to trial. Apparently, the trial wrapped up, the jury went out and, a short time later, the jury returned a “two word” verdict (HINT: “guilty” is only one word).
Aurora woman guilty for soliticing murder. http://t.co/kZY2tbrK8J — Kane County SAO (@KaneSAO) July 17, 2014
Maricela Arciga of Aurora guilty of solicitation of murder and solicitation of murder for hire. Faces minimum 20-year prison sentence. — Kane County SAO (@KaneSAO) July 17, 2014
Aurora man guilty of burglary for 7th time. http://t.co/qYSOc6kuio — Kane County SAO (@KaneSAO) July 16, 2014
Aurora gang member with criminal past gets prison for gun possession. http://t.co/ua5EVPKUqW — Kane County SAO (@KaneSAO) July 11, 2014
Immediately I turned to twitter. I was interested to see how their twitter account would deal with the first loss ever in the history of the office. Would there be a link to a press release? Maybe just a 140 character statement? Would they explain this inexplicable verdict? “Congrats to the defendant… the evidence wasn’t there and the system worked.” Would it be like Lou Gehrig, with absolute grace in the face of horrific news?
We’re never going to know.
It’s the unfair fight, again. Police and prosecutors frame the news. We don’t. We win something, and we walk away. We have to. Just like I said in February:
If I won a trial today and issued a press release naming names and pointing fingers, it might be fine today. Tomorrow, though? Tomorrow I’m right back at it (probably with the same prosecutor) but for a different client. What I don’t want is this client to get a bad (or no) offer because I embarrassed the prosecutor on the last case.
Thankfully I’ve still got Nancy Grace and Sheriff Joe. And, thankfully for them they’ve still got me.
Aurora man guilty of home invasion http://t.co/Zi0ALcCEPQ
— Kane County SAO (@KaneSAO) July 9, 2014
aurora man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting two children. http://t.co/4KL7gm4hBB
— Kane County SAO (@KaneSAO) July 2, 2014
Illinois Appellate Court affirms Kane prison sentence for contempt: http://t.co/68kaNMnQis
— Kane County SAO (@KaneSAO) July 1, 2014
Elgin man guilty in Villa Street gang fight http://t.co/qg9dwYB9I9
— Kane County SAO (@KaneSAO) July 1, 2014