Wednesday, December 23, 2015

An Interview With Scott Greenfield

My friend (as well as the Great Grandfather of Criminal Blogging) Scott Greenfield interviewed me for the Fault Lines blog that we work on together.  You can read it by clicking here.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

No comments? SJ gets 10 comments just for posting a Joni Mitchell video.

Murray Newman said...

Ha. My ego is shattered.

There were a couple of very nice comments on the Fault Lines blog.

Anonymous said...

You are right, although one was Jason Truitt and the other was a federal judge who referred to your career in prosecution and defense as switch hitting. Anyway, great interview.

Jordan said...

Great interview! Always good to get a look into the mind of a lawyer like you.

DPPooper said...

I demand equil time. I always rebutt anything Newmann sez.

Jason Truitt said...

In all fairness, Jason Truitt doesn't say nice things very often.

Clay Abbott said...

Great Interview. I am obviously one of those DNA prosecutors. Started in a Sith Lord DA's office, left to save the world. Found defense work to be far different than I expected. I went back to prosecution and then left to do judicial and then prosecutor training. My wife wisely declares "Clay loves mankind in the abstract, but the people piss him off". That is true and probably explains my preference for prosecution. I empathized with my clients, but never truly loved them. That was a weakness as a defense lawyer. I will say that prosecutors that have been on the defense side are better prosecutors. I really think that is true. I also think that defense lawyers who have been prosecutors are more effective defense counsel. These are both massive generalizations (meaning the chance to be true is only slightly better than not being true). I read Murray's rather religiously, I find it better than the true believer stuff on both sides. I will go a bit further than Murray, I find prosecutors and defense counsel to be better than their reputations. I find non-criminal attorneys to be the biggest jerks.
What I find most disappointing is the personal animosity between two groups of attorneys that really are the most similar in the whole bar. That statement should make all the readers upset. Neither side does their job more effectively believing that the other side is always base or awful Being an old guy I miss my early days when I learned as much from gentlemen defense counsel as a new prosecutor as I did from the old hats in the office.
Now in full disclosure I spend a ton of time in my bloody pulpit presenting at schools bashing defense lawyers. I am trying to break that bad habit. It is a combative job, and both sides feel the conflict very personally.
What I love about the interview and the blog is that Murray truly loves both groups. That gives me hope. I want to be Murray when I grow up.

Richard Alpert said...

Very nice interview Murray