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Urban Skittles?

Urban Kittles? I just read an article about a teenage prank that originated in England, and like the pilgrims and the puritans has migrated to the “new world”. Now even though I have not been a teenager in a couple of years I do not think that I am a prude, atleast not yet. However, this prank seems quite foolish and potentially dangerous.

When I was a kid we used to play ding-dong-ditch, where you would ring your neighbor’s door bell and run. We often targeted our older neighbors for a number of reasons. First, they would normally be home during the summer days (presumably retired) while all of our parents were at work. In addition, they would often be more frustrated because the chore of answering the door was a significantly greater hassle for them. We further chose our older neighbors because they were not as likely to attempt to pursue us, and if they did attempt to pursue us we believed we could easily evade capture. So on many summer days I played this prank along with many of the other neighborhoods kids. I know looking back now (hindsight is 20/20) this was not a nice thing to do and today I would probably be charged with some form of elder abuse. However, the summers were long and we had to occupy ourselves somehow!

Now for the urban skittles prank. In this prank several teenager go into a store or restaurant and begin to scream that it is a robbery and for everyone to get down. The key is to see how many people actually get down. The group of kids count out the amount of people that actually get down and then they run off laughing. This is a far cry from ding-dong-ditch, and I hope they don’t start doing this in Texas, Arizona or even Florida. I can see an over zealous Good Samaritan shooting one of these kids before they realize it was all just a joke. Why can’t kids just ring door bells and run away anymore???

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Don’t LIE to your attorney!

I never understood why people lie to their attorneys. Do they fail to understand the concept of attorney client privilege? Do they not trust their attorney? (Then they should get another attorney!) When I was a prosecutor defense attorney’s would always tell me that their clients lie to them all of the time. I actually never truly cared before, but now since I have joined the fraternal ranks of Criminal Defense Attorney’s I can’t help but ask “WHY?”.

Now, I actually understand why a client might lie about when they are going to pay their attorney, but what I am referring to is lying about relevant parts of their case. 

As a prosecutor I was often lied to. I prosecuted my share of Domestic Violence cases with recanting victim’s. So I heard the “I just slipped and fell” lie. I even once heard the I slipped and fell out of a moving vehicle on the I-5 south lie. That is a funny story I will have to tell one day. In addition, I have had defendants lie to me. I used to work with cooperating individuals/informants with great regularity. Many of them would lie to me. They were always trying to get over on the system. I have heard the “I haven’t used since I got arrested” as I am looking at the fresh track marks on the defendant’s arms, LIE. I have seen defendants where for every two transactions they do for the Feds they do one for themselves. Defendants have a vested interest in lying to law enforcement. I get it; I understand it; and as a prosecutor I expected it. 

But when you lie to your attorney about an important part of your case you actually hurt your chances of success. Your attorney is progressing and preparing for one scenario (your lie), while time is being lost. This squandered time could have been spent preparing the best defense or response to the truth. 

I recently caught a client in a lie. It wasn’t a big earth shattering lie that is going to change the world. Its was a little lie that caused me to waist time. It was a lie that if the client had actually thought about it before he lied he would have realized that eventually I was going to discover that he had lied. However, when I caught him in the lie it brought back all the memories of defense attorneys telling me (when I was a prosecutor) that their clients always lie to them. 


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