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Judge Dale Wells, Tale of two hats, Hypocrisy from the Bench

Judge Dale Wells in the latest issue from the Desert bar association wrote a “From the Bench” epistle, where he strongly suggested how attorneys are supposed to conduct themselves at certain proceedings in his court room:

“Resist pandering to your client. He/she is looking for an effective advocate. He/she may be momentarily blinded by emotion and outrage, but that is the very reason the client has hired you to put their case before the court persuasively. If you simply channel their venom, you will likely be no more effective than they would be if they had been self-represented. If you engage in inflammatory posturing and bombastic bluster, you may impress your client for the moment with your aggressiveness. But in the end, you will likely lose your real audience – the judge! Never forget that it is you who is…

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