Heaven help us. The St. Petersburg Times Floridian has decided to run a lengthy series on a year in the life of a PD. So who should they pick? Could it be a brilliant highly skilled, graduate of a top law school (the sort of lawyers we usually hire at The Bronx Defenders)? Of course not.
This being Florida, and these being public defenders, even the most well meaning members of the fourth estate can't escape their pathetic reliance on stereotypes. As a consequence, I bring you Charley...described in the pull quote as follows:
"After passing the Bar exam on his fourth try, Charley Demosthenous wasn't exactly a hot property. Even his father thought he should go sell screwdrivers. Representing the poor and miserable was his last chance to be somebody."
Stereotypical PD Failure Charley
It's shit like this that makes me happy I've written a book of my own. I'll be relieved when somewhere in the world there is a piece of PD literature that doesn't assume we all failed the bar, or wanted to be prosecutors.
More on this appalling series as it progresses....