Spare a moment for Justice Bedsworth’s “A Criminal Waste of Space” column in the Orange County Bar Association’s monthly OCLawyer.
It will be worth it:
Excerpt: “One of the character flaws that suited me to a life in the criminal law was my abysmal lack of patience. Criminal law is the last refuge of the impatient attorney, and I have the patience of a gnat.
You want to know how little patience I have?
During the three long years I was a trial attorney1, I repeatedly urged judges to act upon the plain language of Code of Civil Procedure Section 613.
Take a look at Code of Civil Procedure Section 613. It says, ‘When the case is finally submitted to the jury, they may decide in Court or retire for deliberation . . . .’ They may decide in court ....” [Link to full Bedsworth column.]