Dream of: 20 June 1993 "Unfamiliar Courthouse"

I had gone to a courthouse in Hurst, Texas. I had never been here before, but had received a notice that I had been appointed to represent a defendant in a criminal case. I was afraid I was going to be late. As soon as I arrived, I encountered the attorney (about 30 years old) representing the other side in the case. He seemed like a rather simple-minded character.

He said something about convicting my defendant without even having a trial. I told him that was against all protections which my defendant had, that he couldn't be convicted without even having a trial. I thought the attorney was confused on the subject, but what he had said concerned me, and I began to wonder whether it could be done.

I told him that we needed to be in the courtroom, and that I didn't know where the courtroom was. He however seemed familiar with the courthouse, and I walked with him as we looked for the courtroom.

We walked through the halls where people were sitting around, passed several courtrooms, but were unable to find the one for which we were looking. I was concerned we were going to be late, but I didn't think it would matter as much if we were both late. As we continued walking, I told him this courthouse was even bigger than the Tarrant County courthouse. He was apparently used to the size of the courthouse, and he didn't seem impressed by what I said. Even though I thought a couple million people lived in Hurst, I hadn't realized it had a courthouse and I continued to be startled by its size.

I didn't know why I had been appointed to represent a criminal defendant. I knew I had done some criminal work a long time ago, but I didn't want to start doing it again. However, I thought I would handle this one case just to see what it was like.

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