Brinson-Scott Case Analysis

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The first, and only, case I observed at the United States District Court on the morning of 7th November 2008 was USA vs. Brinson-Scott. In this case, Brinson-Scott, the defendant, was charged on several counts, including the possession of powder cocaine, and possession of crack-cocaine with the intent to sell to others. The fourth day of the litigation was set-aside to focus on the collected evidence, and allowed witnesses to testify and be questioned by both prosecution and defense attorneys. One important witness that testified during the trial was a forensics pathologist. Since the prosecution’s goal was to exemplify to the jury that Brinson-Scott clearly had intent to distribute, the forensics expert was questioned in detail about an…show more content…
During my visit to the D.C. Superior Court, I was surprised at the incompetency on the part of public defense attorneys that seemed rather relaxed about their cases. This was a stark contrast to the District Court where the defendant had hired an extremely competent defense attorney, who paid attention to detail and sought to challenge many points emphasized by the prosecution. The attorneys followed specific procedures before making a motion, and prefaced each set of questions with their purpose as well as the evidence and witnesses involved. While the same procedures were followed in the Superior Court, there was a noticeable difference in the attitude and respect toward the senior District Court judge. During recess, in the absence of the jury, Judge Kennedy discussed with the two attorneys the purpose of following series of questions, role of evidence, and the inclusion of the police officer as a witness. The sophistication, and experience of the judge was imminent as he took meticulous care to ensure all information being presented to the jury would depict a fair and relevant picture. While all cases at the District Court involved federal offenses, and dealt with severe issues of material significance, I thought the District Court proceedings were extremely slow paced. If many of the procedural questions asked by the judge were answered prior to the trial, each judge at the District Court would be able to go through three or four cases as opposed to one or two. An extremely low turnover of cases at the District Court can be a detriment to the legal system as cases are processed too long after the crime was

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