For those who do not know, the verdict came in late yesterday afternoon. Guilty. More info here. I got home this afternoon because I could not get out on yesterday's evening flight. My co-counsel and trial assistant were able to get out last night, though. So, I came back and finished packing.
In a quite amazing coincidence, To Kill A Mockingbird was on AMC last night. I am not going to go any further than to say that it was an appropriate choice. Every time I watch that movie, I get a lump in my throat when, after the verdict, the black people start standing up and the minister says, " Jean Louise. Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passing."
Right now, I am going to take some time with my family. It's been almost two months and while I was able to come home on a couple of occasions, I was distant and distracted. During that time, my son (~21 months old) branched out in his speaking ability, saying "eye", "nose" and "mouth", among other words. He has visibly changed in my absence. My younger daughter (6 at the time the trial started, 7 now) has joined an advanced gymnastics group and cannot go through the house w/o rolling in some manner. My older daughter (8 y/o) continues to read voraciously between ballet lessons. She's almost 9, growing taller, with long blond hair and blue eyes. The daily humdrum has suddenly and jarringly replaced the adrenaline-pumping, gut-wrenching grind of trial. And that's good. I need that for a bit to gather my wits.
But I can't dilly dally. In true public defender fashion, I better start getting ready for my next trial. And the next one, while not looking to take as long or be as complicated, looks to generate even more publicity. I've been avoiding NBC Dateline during this last trial as they've been repeatedly calling to set up some sort of interview. Court TV's already gotten the entire court file and is making arrangements to cover it. ABC News and 48 Hours have also been hounding me, not to mention local medica. I'll have about a month. It starts on January 17.