Comment: Bump: An addendum on this 20th anniversary of Ruby Ridge.

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Bump: An addendum on this 20th anniversary of Ruby Ridge.

This news story conveniently omits (not your fault DeMolay) one of the most important aspects of this case, Randy Weaver's lawyer, Gerry Spence.

“This is a murder case,” Spence said. “But the people who committed the murder have not been charged, and the people who committed the murder are not here in court.

The Summation of Attorney Gerry Spence (for Randy Weaver)

"I heard the judge speak those fateful words I had longed for, and dreaded. 'Mr. Spence, you may begin your argument.' I glanced quickly at the jury. They were watching me as I walked toward them, waiting to hear me, waiting to judge me. Could I answer the U.S. attorney? Would the jury believe me? Would I measure up? I felt like running. Trapped, I, like the lion felt like charging. My heart was racing. I was afraid. God Almighty, I am always so afraid!

"Then I looked down at my feet and I tried to feel where the fear actually lay. There it was, where I always found it, pressing at my ribs on each side, up high. I looked up at the jury. 'Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,' I began. 'I wish I weren't so afraid,' I heard myself saying. 'I wish after all these years in the courtroom I didn't feel this way. You'd think I would get over it.'

"Some of the jurors looked astounded. Here was this lawyer who had fearlessly guided the defendant's case through the cross-examination of over half a hundred mostly hostile witnesses - the FBI, the marshals, the experts. Here was this man who seemed always able to prevail now confessing his fear. They watched. They waited. Their tentacles were out - feeling, probing.

"'I'm afraid I won't be able to make the kind or argument to you that Randy Weaver deserves,' I said. 'After nearly three months of trial, I'm afraid I won't measure up. I wish I were a better lawyer.' As always, the fear began to slink away and the argument began to take its place, one that was to consume nearly three hours. It was an argument that was honest, and angry and humorous, one that was punctuated with defects and false starts and syntax that would horrify any self-respecting English professor. It was an argument that was as real as I was able to be - an argument that, in the end, was to free my client."

--Gerry Spence, How to Argue and Win Every Time
More at:
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/weaver/spences...