Today I presented at the annual training conference for the Middlesex Defense Attorneys. It was a repeat of the lecture I gave over the summer for the Suffolk Lawyers for Justice about Violations of Restraining Orders. I started talking about a case with some really gross facts that resulted in the appeals court ignoring established law in order to uphold the conviction. A lawyer in the audience raised her hand and said that the case I was talking about had been her first trial. Gotta love public defenders!