The Verdict Comes In

A few hours ago, our client sat next to Aimée Sutton and me in a courtroom in Kent, Washington. He sat waiting to learn his fate.

If the jury that had heard his trial on four counts of Child Molestation in the Second Degree said “Guilty,” a corrections officer would appear and place him in handcuffs; he probably would not be free again for a decade or so. But if the jury said, “Not guilty,” his nightmare would be over.

Sitting next to the accused in those final minutes before a verdict is announced is one of the toughest parts of my job. It’s not just the accused who finds the suspense hard to bear.

The jury came in. The four verdict forms were handed to the judge. The judge read aloud, “Not guilty. . . not guilty. . . not guilty. . . and not guilty.”

We see our work at the Marshall Defense Firm as giving the accused their lives back. Today, in King County Superior Court, we did it one more time.