Client Trauma

Dealing with Clients’ Trauma: The View from Before the Court

By: Former Judge Leslie Spornberger Jones

My client seemed to disappear right before my eyes. All of a sudden, as I described the terms of a plea offer to her, her eyes glazed over, she looked past me distantly, and her recall for what I told her just seconds before evaporated. I couldn’t understand it. All I’d done was explain the two plea options the prosecutor had offered in her case.

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