During the course of my career, I have also become skilled at recognizing a guilty person (yes, Casey, I am talking about you) when I see one. Unfortunately, the guilty ones are not always held accountable, sometimes due to the efforts of defense attorneys, but also sometimes because you are not always fortunate enough to be handed a great case. We do the best that we can with what evidence we have to work with. And, unlike others, we have to follow rules. Nevertheless, I take great comfort in knowing that those who get away with things here on earth will someday have to answer to the Ultimate Judge. And in that court, a lack of evidence won't matter and a defense attorney's shenanigans won't work...
I think it is a little over the line to claim that not only would you recognize a guilty person but also claim that any time someone goes free it is due to defense attorney shenanigans!!!! Isn't it the job of a police detective to do an unbiased investigation??
From personal experience I have found that police officers have no problem lying through their teeth and prosecutors have no problem with witnesses committing perjury if they want to make a case. Many prosecutors don't give a flying hoot about innocence or guilt, they care about winning a case! As I have been confronted with the sheer limitless power of the state I have become involved in other cases and the innocence project,seen increasing numbers of police officers bending the truth or "testilying" and prosecutors not disclosing information, this has become a frighteningly common occurance.
Look at the Duke Lacrosse case, Tonya Craft, Ken Waters (featured in the movie "Conviction" with Hilary Swank), Courtney Bisbee, any of the people accused and convicted in the Little Rascals daycare case, or the people featured in the "Witchhunt" movie.
With an estimated 100,000 innocent people wrongfully convicted and serving either in prison or on death row and people released every year after DNA proves them finally innocent, I think we need to take a good look at our justice system!!! Just follow the work/writings of Radley Balko or William Anderson, it is enough to make your head spin!!
Until you or your loved one gets in the claws of the state who has UNLIMITED resources you have no idea what you are up against. Even if you manage to stand up against them it costs you 10s to 100 thousands of dollars in legal fees, experts and investigative work to prove that you didn't do what you are accused of - and no, proving your innocence is NOT defense lawyer shenanigans. It puts your life on hold for months or years, not to mention the constant stress level.
None of us wants to see a guilty person go free, but much less would I like to see an innocent person convicted. I believe the standard to prove guilt has to be beyond reasonable doubt and not that more likely than not someone committed the crime. What I personally have seen from police officers and prosecutors in numerous cases does not inspire much confidence in the justice system and the shenanigans I have seen are more often from police detectives/prosecutors, not defense attorneys.
P.S. LSass, I would have loved to see Nancy Grace head explode, too