Anyone in the criminal law business knows that finding preposterous claims from defense counsel is not exactly a difficult enterprise. Still, every now and again, I like to point out one example or another of defense whoppers just as an antidote to the typically smug and self-righteous claim that defense work is really about Being Champions of the Constitution.
This is not to say that all defense work is baloney. Some of it actually is about defending the Constitution. But let's face it, most of it is about trying to bamboozle the jury into buying a concocted story about how the defendant is Mr. Nicey, or, if not that exactly, at least a "victim" of something or other, and thus not really responsible for his behavior.
Thus tonight's story of the fellow in Buffalo, NY -- a successful and seemingly well-built, six-foot man -- who is claiming self-defense in the slaying of his diminuitive wife. For years, she had physically and psychologically abused him, so sayeth the defendant. Thus he defended himself by offing her.
Only one thing. The "self-defense" consisted of stabbing her 40 times -- that's FORTY times -- then sawing her head off. Read all about it.