We know the challenges and rewards of criminal defense investigations but the rest of the world doesn’t see our perspective much. Sanchovilla is blogging about it over at Tales of a Public Defender Investigator. Here he’s relating the influence of Tink Thompson’s book.
That book opened up a new world for me. A world where the good guys didn’t always wear a badge and carry a gun. In my world the good guys just have a pen, a notebook, and their own common sense. It opened my eyes to the idea that defense investigators could (and should) be a more cerebral bunch than our DA counterparts. We don’t (and can’t) open doors and get people to talk to us with a badge and gun, we open them with our minds (not literally of course), our desire to get the truth, and sometimes, sometimes even a little smile and charm.