Friday, June 03, 2005

Pierce case twist.

From the Online Gazette: What any big-time Iowa jock can buy...

Pierce attorneys want to bar the use of word 'victim'

By: Associated Press - Associated Press

ADEL, IA - Attorneys for former University of Iowa basketball star Pierre Pierce asked a judge Friday to force prosecutors to avoid using the word "victim" in reference to the woman Pierce is accused of assaulting in January.

A motion filed with the Dallas County District Court said describing the woman as a victim before and during trial would unfairly prejudice the jury and violate Pierce's presumption of innocence.

Instead, defense attorney Alfredo Parrish suggested the woman be described as the accuser or complaining witness, or referred to at trial by her real name, according to the motion.

Pierce, 21, is charged with two counts of burglary, criminal mischief and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse stemming from a Jan. 27 incident at the West Des Moines home of his former girlfriend.

See the tables turning, not long from now Alfredo will be calling Pierce the victim. Trial lawyers, ya gota love'em, especially if you're a democrat.

From the Washington Post, July 2004:
Lawyers, especially trial lawyers, are the engine of the Kerry fundraising operation. Lawyers and law firms have given more money to Kerry, $12 million, than any other sector. One out of four of Kerry's big-dollar fundraisers is a lawyer, and one out of 10 is an attorney for plaintiffs in personal injury, medical malpractice or other lawsuits seeking damages.
And old Alfredo is in deep...

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