By now, everyone in Phoenix and around Arizona knows about it. In fact,
everyone around country knows about it because of the national media coverage
it received. When a sniper is basically shooting at random cars along
the I-10 freeway, it’s no surprise that police will pour their efforts
into arresting someone to quench the public’s thirst for an arrest.
And when police arrested Leslie Merritt, Jr., they quenched that thirst.
But now that the news is out that Leslie Merritt, Jr. will be represented
by none others than yours truly, Phoenix criminal defense attorney
Jason Lamm, I have a unique perspective on the case based on extensive police reports
and other information that the public, and the media doesn’t have
THE PUBLIC OUTCRY
From the tweet of Arizona’s Governor, Doug Ducey which read “We
got him!” it’s pretty clear that the Leslie Merritt, Jr. has
become Public Enemy Number One in Phoenix. Last I checked, though, the
Governor of a state is an elected official who heads the executive branch.
He is not a member of the judiciary, yet he has apparently dubbed himself
judge, jury, and executioner.
Now this isn’t to say that the Governor Ducey is a bad guy, but it
doesn’t take an experienced
criminal defense lawyer to point out that the type of thinking expressed in his tweet, echoes
the public sentiment that whomever the police arrested will be a scapegoat
who bears the brunt of the public’s fear and being on edge for weeks
as they drove valley freeways, not knowing if they would be shot at.
But the reality is that at this point, Leslie Merritt, Jr. is innocent
and he is not the Phoenix Freeway Shooter. Let’s put aside this
whole inconvenient presumption of innocence thing found in the Constitution,
put thus far no actual evidence has been provided that shows that Merritt
is anything more than a scapegoat. In fact, police keep switching their
theory of the case to conform to the new evidence they find. Pardon the
bad pun, but the prosecution’s case seems like a moving target.
What am I going to do as Leslie Merritt, Jr.’s criminal defense attorney?
- The same thing that I do in every case. I will leave no stone unturned
and thoroughly explore each and every angle. In the meantime, everyone
needs to take a deep breath, including Governor Ducey. Let the system
do its job and let Leslie Merritt have the due process that he’s
entitled – it’s no different than the due process that you,
your brother, or your kid would be entitled to if they were charged with a crime.
p.s. Sorry, Governor Ducey – if this case goes to trial, you’re
not going to be on the jury. No hard feelings.
If you have questions about what our Phoenix criminal defense lawyer can
do for your case,
contact us today!