RIPdirtmcgirt wrote:Icculus wrote:jml8756 wrote:You want to be a criminal defense lawyer because you hate cops? That seems like a bad reason.
Its personal. But I dont mind sharing.
Back when I was a senior in '04. Wireless routers werent as common as they are now and most people had them unsecured unlike now. Someone in my apt complex connected to mine and did some fucked up stuff. Put ads out on craiglist to set up robberies. I was considered a suspect and I can see why initially. My family didnt have alot of money to pay for a lawyer. They came and asked me about it and said my ip was used to set up craiglist ads. I was never arrested or charged but they harrassed me for almost 2 years. About two weeks after that when I was away for a weekend trip, they executed a search warrant in my absence. They took my computers, my xbox, my tv, my printer, the router that belonged to time warner anything that could be hooked up to a computer was what the warrant said. They also took a firearm that was legally licensed to me which I never got back along with the tv, they claim both were mislabeled and destroyed by the evidence dept as unclaimed property. I was never compensated for either. They left a copy of the warrant and the inventory of property on the table. What wasnt on the inventory was a fake rolex watch i bought in NY, it looked very real. It was missing and presumably stolen. I assume that one of them thought it might be real and wanted to keep or sell it. They also decided that while they were there they would fix a frozen pizza from my freezer and in my oven and eat on my plates which they left in the sink unwashed. As well as a few slices still on top of the stove. The absolute worst was that one of those fat fuckers took a shit in my toilet and didnt flush it and left it there until monday when i came back.
I needed a computer for school so I borrowed the money from my mother. A week later when I was walking back from class. Two detectives walk up on me and tell me they have another search warrant to look for more stuff. They take my brand new computer and all of my mail including the $1600 check that was supposed to be my rent and living money. I did get the check back but after the 6 month limit on cashing or depositing it. I was unable to get it reissued due to the owner of the business filing for bankruptcy.
That was it for the search warrants. After this, I borrowed $3000 from my elderly grandfather who was on a fixed income to hire an attorney. He is now deceased. I was able to pay half of it back before he died. When he died he had a house and $13k to his name and $4k debt. He obtained phone records from verizon that showed I was not in the areas of these crimes when they occurred based on the location of the nearest towers from my cell phone. He also obtained records from the college that showed I was using my card to get into buildings on campus and using it to print in the library at some of the times the robberys as well as the time someone used my wifi. He also got the system logs from the IT people on campus where I had used my password to login in engineering lab. The only thing we were not able to obtain was the tapes from cameras on campus they got overwritten every 45 days and this was over 45 days later.
He set up a meeting with the detectives and DA downtown and us to show them the overwhelming evidence against what they were accusing me of doing. They said that all of this meant nothing to them and that they thought i gave someone else my cell phone, id card and password while the crimes were happening. They also told me that they would make sure I went to jail. They told my lawyer they could not turn over any records to him yet because I was not charged and that the discovery process happens only then. From what we had been able to obtain publicly, the victims had identified the robber as a black man 5'7-5'10 and 215-240 lbs. Back then I was 6'4 and 180. Not even close. They still pursued me.
Fast forward another month, they went to my girlfriends parents house and asked to search there. They told her that they would make sure I got life in prison unless she told them everything about me. They made her cry and she says they laughed at her. They asked both her and me to take a voice stress test. My lawyer advised me not to take it but I would have been happy to. My gf took it but we never heard anything about a result. They also got the local cops from where I was originally from to search at my parents house and my brothers house. They also leaked my name as a suspect to the local media and I was harassed by them for about two weeks.
For the next almost 2 years, everytime I would start a new job, the cops would show up within the first two weeks asking to talk to me about being a suspect. For some reason, I was always let go within 90 days before the prbationary hiring was expired.
So yeah, thats the short version. You would hate cops too. I hate those motherfuckers so much after what happened to me. I think they are all a bunch of cocksucking crooks that dont care about justice. They just want to lock someone up whether its the right man or not. So yeah thats why I want to be a lawyer because I dont want to see them treat anyone else like I was treated.
Holy shit, that's fucking awful.
I can see why you hate cops. I guess you want to go to law school to help people like you, not for revenge.
I am also considering trying to become a public defender. But I think I would burnout really quickly in that field.