This twittering piece in the NYT highlights the perfectly predictable responses to the Atlanta shooting. The most disturbing bit to me, of course was the bit about the attack on a public defender:
"While it might seem counterintuitive that a defendant would attack his own lawyer, some public defenders say it is commonplace for their clients to disparage them.
"In any prison, the person most inmates name as responsible for them being there is 'the dump truck P.D.,' " said David Coleman, the public defender in Contra Costa County, Calif. "Thus, the razor or weapon used against a public defender is all too common."
Ah...yes, our clients disparage us constantly (and often with good reason) but attacks? "all too common?" what does that mean? How many wouldn't be all too common? I expect more from my PD brethren--a more sanguine approach, a more levelheaded acceptance that violence happens everywhere, it will always happen, and that the answer is that you deal with it effectively when it does. Otherwise, we'll soon be looking at having our allegedly dangerous clients tried from their cells.