If, hypothetically, a prosecutor were to start a semi-regular series of posts, consisting of the same 4 or 5 questions, posed to and answered by individual criminal defense lawyers (and, of course, linking to the CDL’s blog or website), what should those questions be?

My initial thoughts… One goal would be to make the questions interesting enough that they wouldn’t all be answered the same way. And no softball questions that lend themselves to overly advertisey-answers. Probably would have to include the cocktail party question.

It could be an interesting medium to start up some of our regular conversations where they’re not always heard. I’d like to hear from anyone, CDLs to non-lawyers alike, via comment section or email. Thanks in advance.

  • Well, here are some things I’m curious about (not exactly in the form of succinct questions):

    You could ask the criminal defense lawyers why they defend those people—i.e. what do they personally get out of it? Sacred cause? Trial experience? Helping people? Righting social injustices? Enjoy arguing and telling stories? Gathering intelligence for when they switch to the other side? (I’m looking at you, Lammers!)

    Speaking of which, you could also ask CDLs if they would ever consider working the other side. Why or why not? Would it make a difference if they lost their defense job or couldn’t find clients? Would it make a difference if they were offered a position of real authority where they could change policy?

  • I like Windy’s questions. I thought we had retired The Question, though.