Encounters with Former Defendants

Yesterday afternoon, I was at the courthouse in Coles County for an arraignment in a misdemeanor case. Before I got to the courtroom I needed to be in, a man approached me and asked if he could have more time to pay his court fines. He thought I was a prosecutor. His mistake was a reasonable one: I was a prosecutor up until May of this year and I had previously been in court many times for the State when this person’s cases had been up. This encounter made me think about some other encounters I have had with defendants. For your pleasure, I will include two other stories in this post.

Your Face Looks Familiar

A few weeks ago I went to a bowling alley with some friends. We went there to kill some time between a wedding and a reception. We were in the bar area throwing darts and the only other people in there were three guys who were more than a few sheets in the wind. The guys were obnoxious — they kept trying to hang out with us and buy alcohol for us. One of the guys looked familiar to me, but I couldn’t place him. I finally asked him where I knew him from. He said that I was his attorney. He wasn’t a client of mine, so I knew that I must have been his prosecutor at some point in time. He confirmed this when I followed up by asking him what he meant when he said that I was his attorney. At the end of my conversation with him, he said something to the effect that he was glad that I drink in bars. I smiled and changed the topic. I am a complete non-drinker. I am not against drinking, but I, myself, don’t drink.

Bad Service

When I was still a prosecutor, I was at a restaurant in Mattoon. I received terrible service from the waiter. The waiter looked familiar to me, but like the person in the previous story, I couldn’t place him. During the next misdemeanor cattle call I handled, the waiter was one of many people who had cases called that day. I now could place him. I wonder if he remembered me long before I remembered him and that is why I received terrible service from him?

Jeremy Richey

Jeremy J. Richey, Attorney at Law
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