Friday, October 23, 2009

What is the real Rule Number 1?

This article talks about a criminal case in Washington state where the jury came back with a not guilty verdict. The defense lawyer then asked for the jury to be polled. When the first juror was asked to confirm the verdict, she said that she didn't actually agree with it and there must have been a mistake. After further deliberations, the jury found the defendant guilty.

This legal blog suggests that the defense lawyer violated the practice of law's Number 1 Rule, which is "when things are going in your favor, STOP TALKING!" The blog also suggests that there are at least two other Rules Number 1, "always get paid," and "avoid a personal jail sentence."

I can't decide which Rule Number 1 is my favorite. I think the one about getting paid. What about you guys? Or does anyone have any other suggestions for a new Rule Number 1?