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Criminal Law Eric Way

Updated on November 27, 2019
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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Now I know my criminal law. I have tried 2 capital murder cases. Criminal law is so interesting. I do not practice criminal law any more. Hell they kicked me out of criminal law. So then I picked juries for criminal law. Never ever picked a jury and lost a criminal law case. I am that good. Criminal law “practice” takes a toll on families. But practicing Criminal law may help others.

Now the fun thing about criminal law is that they, the jury basically have to agree. So one of my first rules was to try and pick a family. Give me a break. How easy is that? Pick a big brother and a little sister. Pick a husband and wife who can’t even tell the same stories of a cruise together. Has this old war horse even mentioned about race and age and stay at home moms and guys in fancy suits?

I did not do fair and right I did winning. So take 3-3 and you have a deadlock. That simple. Your client does not go to jail. Who cares if she did it? That is someone else’s job to judge, I just win. I have never met a criminal I could not find anything not to like about them.

Now let’s go to the color scheme. So intriguing. Now I have four. Yellow, Blue, Red and Green. Now have a blast with that one. Just kind of kick back and think of your people. Label them, it is legal and moral. Just to help you get started I am Chameleon. Be careful with me. I am a Libra and have a degree in philosophy --- That is a loose cannon folks. But I would never agree with a Red. Bossy SOB. You can take his opinion and shove it where the sun does not regularly shine.

Get me a blue, ok down in the dumps Debbie downer and sit her next to miss Sunshine all yellow. Well the Green and the green will try to one up each other. So funny. “I am more caring than you”. So you see where we are going. We have either 6 or up to twelve plus an alternate of two.

The justice system has all these great rules, and they really do but law comes down to people. There is this notion that our great America is a land of Laws and not men. Well don’t tell that to a jury in some locked away room with a marshal outside. Or maybe you should so that the blue hates the law and sunshiny yellow loves it, or maybe the other way around. Who cares they will disagree.

Never Been a Criminal But Spent Time Behind Bars

Just a hard life.
Just a hard life. | Source

We Send A Little Time.

I Would Rather Forget Maybe

Now I only kind of advise these days. I have a boy to raise and fishing to do. Oops I just went there again. Bait for the hook and the particular kind of fish and the water flow and reeds and sunshine and all that. Picking a jury is like catching fish. I don’t like catching fish. I just like to fish. Sometimes I don’t even use a hook. I just cast with weight. My son says I casted over fifty yards one time. But he caught two fish we ate after mom cleaned them up and made a soup. So that brings us back to criminal law and the jury.

Now that fine trial attorney will hook a few jurors. Good on that gal. But a great trial attorney in the criminal area will let the jury hook each other. You see if we let five folks hook each other the others will fight like hell not to get hooked. Just human nature. I am now just an old preacher man. But I will be Gaul darned if I do not try to hook people. Call it bad nature but it is mine and I own to it. And….

Get the folk to own up to their principals. A nice church goer blue haired lady will act like she don’t judge but she is the first one to. The doctor juror is fair and impartial. My red butt he is. The mechanic and the school teacher seem at odds but they both read manuals and do as they say. So give me a tax preparer. They hate the rules and bend them every way they can. How about a housewife who is clearly under her husband’s thumb. Oh give me her any day, this is her chance to rebel against the man. Do I need to even mention the office secretary, is she going to waste this opportunity to stand up and be heard? I do not think so.

In my humble opinion people like to disagree. Something in our nature. I mean why have we had wars for 15 billion years, I mean really? So as a jury picker you pick warring factions. We are speaking criminal law here. Civil is different. I think I would like to be called civil. But I do not think so.

Together

It is not easy

So we go back to colors. I hear nowadays that has to do with flags. Strangest concept. So I am a bigot so I wave one flag or I am gay and I wave another. And some folks burn each other’s flags. Well hell’s bells and cocker shells. You can see my point they will hate each other no matter what. Oh sweet lord give me these people on a jury. No conviction just acrimony and dissent. And the best thing is the prosecutor cannot discard them for that stuff.

So what am I really getting at? Heck if I know. But I know a good man when I see him. And I do not want no good men or women on that jury.

It was Arkansas I think I had been on a drunk for a week. They locked me up and took all my cash and let me out. Thumbing a ride out of Texarkana is not so easy. But I made it up to the Dakato’s in time for the work bell. Dang good work too.

My point there is that we sometimes get in jail and maybe we might just not belong there. But don’t tell no one but I needed the cot and the 3 square meals. It set me more straight.

Criminal law might mean something to fancy lawyers but good lawyers do not protect the law they protect people. They protect our rights garandamnteed by my own constitution.

I reckon criminal law lawyer practice is tough. I never thought of it that way. I thought of it like running track and field hurdles. Tough. But the competition was great. I loved it and did well.

But fighting for another’s rights is special. You do battle but not for yourself. That is so cool.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dora. I was just discussing "advocacy in the home" with one of my children. Winning may never be the goal.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      "Good lawyers do not protect the law they protect people." Seems that sometimes they forget the client and consider the popularity, the competition, and even the win above all else. As for picking the jury, that's interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary my sister from Mexico way just the other day said "Eric this makes you old before your time." I responded "Mea Culpa" which kind of means, please forgive me. And then "medicine la risa es el mejor antídoto" which kind of means laughter heals us or it is the best medicine. Justice comes with a price.

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      Mary Norton 

      6 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is an eye-opener. I understand now why people hire very good lawyers. I hope justice triumphs especially for those not guilty.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I fully agree with you Manatita. I can feel it in myself.

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      manatita44 

      6 months ago from london

      Brother the lives of humans are tough everywhere. Opulence is not a sign that we have left the animal consciousness. Much work is needed.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish, my children just shake their heads and declare it not true, I just shake my head and say it isn't.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita it still haunts my life. I still work in the field. It is brutal. We rejected a pedifile case but took on a hard Military case. The life of people in my area is tough.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 months ago from USA

      This was fascinating, Eric.

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      manatita44 

      6 months ago from london

      Doing battle for others. Cool. Law is the human aspect of God's justice. It is flawed, yes, but perhaps the best we have for now. How did it feel being exposed to it?

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kari, it is just a fact of life here. I claim no goodness in it just just it being taught..

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      Kari Poulsen 

      6 months ago from Ohio

      Fighting for other's rights is special.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Devika we stand in arms for literary art. This is the best.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like to read your thoughts and opinions of others here. You share so much of your experiences with a friendly community.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda I love to judge the distance between me and car in front of me and the height of a curb I am stepping off. And I have been in situations where if you could not judge the other person you were bound for ugly.

      Interesting notions.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks much Shannon. Trial attorney and preacher done. I want to talk with people, not at them. Especially children. "Of what good am I if I cannot have another respond?"

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      Linda Lum 

      6 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, those fundamentalist Christians are such an unhappy lot. Total misinterpretation of the command "judge not lest you be judged." There's a big difference between judging another in your heart, and serving on a jury which is a part of an organized government (which we are commanded to obey).

      Oh well. I enjoy listening to you and following your line of reasoning.

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      Shannon Henry 

      6 months ago from Texas

      Interesting food for thought today, Eric.I enjoy reading your conversational style when you share your thoughts. Happy Thanksgiving.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah sometimes depending on the day, Matthew is my favorite. I do not quote scripture I just speak only Christians now them or maybe Buddha or Muslim maybe some Native Americans or followers of MLK. In Basketball a rebound shot missed the mark.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda here is a fun one for you. Christians - of heavy strict fundamentalist ties cannot judge another in their view. Twice I tricked the prosecutor as they did not speak of it, --- but being a preacher I could tell by demeanor and clothes.

      Can you imagine some people hide thoughts and notions so they can sit on a jury? Very hard to watch for.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      6 months ago from Washington DC

      Yes, Eric, and it is my belief that anyone who actually attempt to follow the life and teachings of Christ and go the extreme of Matthew 19:28s teachings and get caught are considered criminals.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel, my memory is fogged about Canyon lake. I just called my ex-wife about it. We each had a bottle and a chest full of beers. She suggested that something more unsavory was involved and that two of us fell out of the raft.

      110 degrees of course we fall off our raft. But getting back in after a fifth is iffy.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah both judges that got me to stop being a trial attorney we later found out were taking bribes from insurance companies. Longer than 3 they served. Really liked both of them. Of course they sent them off to a place without criminals they had convicted.

      I had fun and my four children and wife laughed real hard. I defended the Koran at dinner.

      Do you realize that Christ was a convicted criminal?

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I hope we get to keep entertaining for a long time. I figure we do. We had Thanksgiving last night. That works so my elder children can spend today with their mom. 7 course meal last night. Crazy.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela, I thank you. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours (and to everyone here)

      I think I was twelve when I got a job shoveling out stables for a county fair. My buddy's dad who hired us said any hard work is good work.

      Carried me through some tough work times.

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      Linda Lum 

      6 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, your insight into what makes people tick is fascinating to listen to and that, my friend, is why do excel at what you do. You and Bill are people-observers and you both tell a mighty fine story.

      I wish you a very happy day of giving thanks.

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      Mel Carriere 

      6 months ago from San Diego California

      You are a brilliant artiste. This is one of the most interesting things I have read from you, or anybody. Just yesterday a friend was giving me a quote from Robert Blake, who said that a man is innocent until his money runs out. You have just backed this up.

      As far as fishing, my best fishing trips were ones when I didn't even cast a line, just sat on a boat with my buddies swapping yarns. Of course a bottle may have been involved, don't tell anyone. Being a transplanted Zonie like me you might be acquainted with the locale of these outings, good old Canyon Lake just east of Apache Junction.

      Thank you for the soul purging, or was it? Honesty is refreshing on this Turkey Day. Happy Thanksgiving Preacher Man.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      6 months ago from Washington DC

      After reading that, Eric, I believe I'm a "criminal lawyer" concerning "everlasting life." I don't want is not to know what one has done but what is one willing to do to obtain the finial goal. That makes the individual the jury of their own destiny, reincarnation or everlasting life.

      I'm attempting to sentence Trump to everlasting life, all he has to do is give up the presidency (Daniel 4:33) and live for the next 7 years like an animal and he gets the victory, per his prophetic type.

      It took my coming back to thIs a SECOND TIME before I was able to respond since I didn't get the sense of it the first time. I should have had you as my attorney in Louisiana when I was not guilty and found guilty, first, by a judge alone because I heard he was very fair, yet, I was found guilty without the required evidence being presented. The second was by jury who were not told what the requirements were that needed to have been proven and they found me guilty anyway.

      But I pulled a rabbit out of the hat. The first judge became a State Supreme Court Justice just as I was being sentenced the second time where I was sentenced the whole 3 years. I had an appeal filed and filed a second to the Supreme Court pointing out the missing requirements and Article 3.1 of the Constitution concerning both trials and before I got out of prison both judges had lost their Law licenses. Some things one just have to do themselves.

      Peace Brother.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      it is cool for sure, my friend. You are an entertainer, for sure, with a little philosopher and down-home cooking tossed in for flavor...and mighty tasty! Happy Thanksgiving, buddy!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I don't know anything about being a lawyer really, but helping someone always feels good, as you said. This is another interesting article, Eric. Have a nice Thanksgiving.

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