Handling Tough Cases in Court – Meeting the Challenge Efficiently

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Being a policeman puts you in all kinds of situations, sometimes where it is hard to identify the line between right and wrong. It’s more challenging for attorneys to handle such cases.

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Handling Tough Cases in Court – Meeting the Challenge Efficiently

  1. 1. Handling Tough Cases in Court – Meeting the Challenge Efficiently Being a policeman puts you in all kinds of situations, sometimes where it is hard to identify the line between right and wrong. It’s more challenging for attorneys to handle such cases. The dangers of police work were evident in a tragic incident involving a 21-year old student of Hofstra University who was fatally shot by a police officer while he was aiming at the person holding the student at gunpoint in May, 2013. After a thorough investigation, New York’s Nassau County District Attorney’s office declared the officer to be innocent of any malicious intentions and also that he had acted in a manner appropriate to situations involving danger to the victim and himself. Strangest of Strange Cases Andrea Rebello of Hofstra University was staying with her twin sister and two others in an independent home. The suspect, 30-year old Delton Smith, was wearing a ski mask and hoodie when he intruded into their home demanding that they pay up the dues they owed to someone. Four people in the house, including Rebello, were forced to the upper floor. There, Smith demanded they hand over their valuables and some electronic devices while he sent one of Rebello’s roommates to fetch cash from an ATM. This roommate took the opportunity to call 911. Officer Nikolas Budimlic was one of the four officers to respond first. Only Budimlic entered the home though, when Smith got hold of Rebello and held her at gunpoint. Though Officer Budimlic kept commanding Smith to drop the gun, the latter refused threatening to shoot at Rebello and Budimlic, pointing the gun at both intermittently. Finally when Rebello turned, Smith’s body was more exposed leading Budilmic to fire a succession of two shots. One of those, however, struck Rebello on the head behind the right ear which was the fatal shot. Rebello was, by this time, released by Smith who received six more shots from Budilmic and died. Was the Officer Trigger-happy? Though the incident appears to seem like the result of ruthlessness and carelessness on the part of Budilmic, the District Attorney’s office has cleared him stating that he acted in the way he did as a result of “threats of deadly force” made against him, Rebello and others. That does not, however, take away the tragedy of the situation since, though Rebello died as a result of the intrusion and threatening of Delton Smith, the direct cause of her death was the shot fired by a law enforcement officer who was supposed to protect her.
  2. 2. Meeting the Challenges Involved in the Case The investigation involved forensic evidence as well as interviews with civilian witnesses at the scene and police officers. For a lawyer handling such a case, transcripts of legal recordings become necessary. At the end of the day, cases such as these are the toughest to handle for legal professionals and they can benefit considerably from professional legal transcription services. Efficient legal transcription outsourcing ensures that attorneys can focus on their core tasks more. This is particularly highlighted when there are complicated cases to handle, that demand the most of the attorney’s legal knowledge and experience, intuition and focus. In cases such as these, transcription has got to be perfect since every ounce of data is important. Inaccuracies could result in verdicts changing. The reputation of an attorney’s office hinges on its precision in handling a case, and only an experienced legal transcription company delivers.

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