Jury: Not Guilty

I was out of the office on Thursday and Friday. That was for a good reason: I was in Cumberland County trying a felony-jury case. And the verdict was a good one: not guilty.

Now, you might be thinking to yourself (probably not, but stick with me), “he was a prosecutor just a few months ago, so how in the world did he get a felony jury trial so quickly? Can’t it take a year or more for a case to get to trial after a person is charged with a crime?”

Well, yes, and this case was no different. The incident happened in March of last year.

The key to this mystery is that when I left the Coles County State’s Attorney’s Office to go out on my own, I told one of the public defenders that I would like to try a case as a defense attorney and that she should feel free to call me if she had a case that looked like it was going to trial. (This was my fourth jury trial this year, but the other three were as a prosecutor.) She did have a case going to trial, so she took me up on my offer. We divided up the responsibilities and tried the best case we could.

So, how did I get to trial so quickly? I helped a PD. If you are an attorney and you would like to have more trial experience, don’t be afraid to do what I did. I am confident you will find a PD that is glad to have the free help.

Jeremy J. Richey, Attorney at Law
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