Cogburn87 wrote:Displeased wrote:Jessuf wrote:I've teared up during sentencing hearings.
This, though I never tear up during major sentencings. I tend to get the most upset by people who are getting 2-5 years for relatively minor things (larcenies, probation violations, forgeries, etc). If my client is expected to get 10+ years or more, they normally have extensive criminal histories and a history of violent behavior, so its tougher to be empathetic.
High IQ clients also sometimes get tears from me. The dumb ones, even the mentally disabled, are a dime a dozen in the criminal justice system, so its hard for them to get special sympathy from me. I know this is probably ugly of me to admit, but I tend to get more upset at the idea of a college graduate spending 2-5 years in prison for a crime than I do at the idea of a mentally disabled person spending equal or more time. I think its just because the high IQ clients tend to be more likable, you joke around with them more in lockup and during court, so they seem more human.
jesus fucking lol
Dude, I've done 300+ sentencings in the last year. Maybe "seem more human" isn't the best way to phrase it, but some clients you empathize with, some you don't. There are some clients I forget about within two hours of their sentencing. Others stick with you forever. The ones that you empathize with and care about the most tend to be the ones most similar to you.