So I'm getting ready for a murder trial, my first as first chair, which is set in July. As far as these things go, it's probably one of the most straightforward trials, not one of those complex millionaire-wife-kills-rich-old-husband deals, nothing like that.
And in a more straightforward case, where you have a lead detective chasing down clues and leads and suspects, the image we get from TV is that the homicide detective is doggedly working on his own, or maybe with a partner, to solve the case.
Well, kinda. No doubt my lead detective worked hard, no question about that at all. But I'm thinking about this because yesterday I drafted my subpoena for the cops I may call at trial.
How many cops? I hear you ask.
No DNA or fingerprint people, either. And that doesn't include the lay witnesses.
Seems like a lot, doesn't it? Now, a lot of those won't be needed at trial but I tell you this to point out what a thorough and in-depth job these guys do, and how many of them it takes.
And you should see them screwing in light bulbs, they are awesome.