A Good Two Days In The Halls of Justice

May 3, 2011

I don’t blog extensively about my work — yeah, I whine from time to time because my day job cuts into my real life, but I seldom give blow by blow accounts of what I get paid to do. Yesterday and today have been gold star though. Yesterday a Federal Judge ruled that the police cannot make up crimes, the concocted violations of which give them the right to search citizens and their vehicles. My client has been sitting in jail for almost three years. He was driving north on I-25 near the border with Colorado when a police officer stopped him for changing lanes after signalling for fewer than 100 feet. The traffic law continues — to indicate that the signalling requirement is in effect when the change in direction “may affect other traffic”. At 5:00 AM with only my client, the officer, one semi truck on the road, and a water truck sprinkling the shoulder, the “affecting traffic” didn’t happen. A thoughtful judge granted our motion to suppress the fruits of a search because the stop itself was unconstitutional.

Today, my client charged with 1st degree murder, entered into a plea to manslaughter. No, she didn’t walk out of court a free woman, but she is facing up to 11 years rather than life in prison. It was a victory in a field where “victory” is a relative word.

So, both my May and my June trials have evaporated. I will be able to attend the dog shows May 14th through the 17th. I can be at the house while the guys are planting my meadow. I’ll be able to fall asleep when I go to bed. It has been a great beginning to the merry, merry month of May.


  1. Jean from NM says:

    Yea and hallelujah! Well done, Penni. May the merry merry month of May continue its merry ways in your life!

  2. DeAnn says:

    I thought I heard a sigh of relief… ;^) Congrats!

  3. Janet says:

    Bittersweet! I was looking forward to seeing you on Dateline! ~VBG~

  4. carolyn says:


    But wait. No television and fame and fortune. Ok, so it would have been more fame, less fortune.

    Good outcome for your client though.

    • myeye says:

      Dateline intends to follow the story, do interviews, etc. So all that fame will still be mine. Sigh!

  5. Cheryl says:

    Awesome outcomes for your clients! What a shame it took THREE years for your client! HUGE congratulations! And GOOD. I’m glad you still get to be famous when they interview you regarding your big case. And YAY! You get to go to the dog shows! How GREAT is THAT!