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Closing the Gap

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Thirty-four-year-old New Jersey State Trooper Robert Higbee lay on his back in an Atlantic City Hospital room. His 6'8' ... Weiterlesen
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Thirty-four-year-old New Jersey State Trooper Robert Higbee lay on his back in an Atlantic City Hospital room. His 6'8' frame hardly fit into the bed. Just hours before at 10:00 p.m., Higbee sustained a concussion when the patrol car in which he was 'closing the gap' on a speeder, collided with a van crossing through an intersection ahead of him. Tragically, the two teenage sisters in the van died at the scene. The next morning, I received a phone call from the State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey (STFA), the organization that represents the state's law enforcement officers. I was already on their approved attorney's list and had previously answered 'critical incident matters' on their behalf. I was now being asked to represent Trooper Higbee regarding any repercussions related to the accident. Within an hour I was at the hospital. Higbee was still in a daze. I had no idea at that moment I met him, how closely our lives would become connected. Five months later, a Cape May County grand jury indicted Trooper Higbee on the charge of vehicular homicide, a crime that carries a penalty of up to twenty years in prison. My job was to establish conclusively that Higbee had acted neither intentionally nor recklessly, only that he had made a tragic mistake in the dark of night, at a poorly marked intersection in rural Cape May County, New Jersey. The heaviest burden that can be placed upon a defense attorney is in knowing that the fate of an innocent person rests in your hands. The following two-and-a-half years would prove to be the most demanding and excruciating I have ever experienced in my career as a criminal trial lawyer.

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Thirty-four-year-old New Jersey State Trooper Robert Higbee lay on

his back in an Atlantic City Hospital room. His 6'8" frame hardly

fit into the bed. Just hours before at 10:00 p.m., Higbee sustained a concussion when the patrol car in which he was "closing the gap" on a

speeder, collided with a van crossing through an intersection ahead of

him. Tragically, the two teenage sisters in the van died at the scene.

The next morning, I received a phone call from the State Troopers

Fraternal Association of New Jersey (STFA), the organization

that represents the state's law enforcement officers. I was already on

their approved attorney's list and had previously answered "critical

incident matters" on their behalf. I was now being asked to represent

Trooper Higbee regarding any repercussions related to the accident.

Within an hour I was at the hospital. Higbee was still in a daze.

I had no idea at that moment I met him, how closely our lives would

become connected.

Five months later, a Cape May County grand jury indicted

Trooper Higbee on the charge of vehicular homicide, a crime that

carries a penalty of up to twenty years in prison. My job was to establish

conclusively that Higbee had acted neither intentionally nor

recklessly, only that he had made a tragic mistake in the dark of

night, at a poorly marked intersection in rural Cape May County,

New Jersey.

The heaviest burden that can be placed upon a defense attorney

is in knowing that the fate of an innocent person rests in your hands.

The following two-and-a-half years would prove to be the most demanding and excruciating I have ever experienced in my career as

a criminal trial lawyer.



Zusammenfassung
Thirty-four-year-old New Jersey State Trooper Robert Higbee lay onhis back in an Atlantic City Hospital room. His 6'8" frame hardlyfit into the bed. Just hours before at 10:00 p.m., Higbee sustained a concussion when the patrol car in which he was "closing the gap" on aspeeder, collided with a van crossing through an intersection ahead ofhim. Tragically, the two teenage sisters in the van died at the scene.The next morning, I received a phone call from the State TroopersFraternal Association of New Jersey (STFA), the organizationthat represents the state's law enforcement officers. I was already ontheir approved attorney's list and had previously answered "criticalincident matters" on their behalf. I was now being asked to representTrooper Higbee regarding any repercussions related to the accident.Within an hour I was at the hospital. Higbee was still in a daze.I had no idea at that moment I met him, how closely our lives wouldbecome connected.Five months later, a Cape May County grand jury indictedTrooper Higbee on the charge of vehicular homicide, a crime thatcarries a penalty of up to twenty years in prison. My job was to establishconclusively that Higbee had acted neither intentionally norrecklessly, only that he had made a tragic mistake in the dark ofnight, at a poorly marked intersection in rural Cape May County,New Jersey.The heaviest burden that can be placed upon a defense attorneyis in knowing that the fate of an innocent person rests in your hands.The following two-and-a-half years would prove to be the most demanding and excruciating I have ever experienced in my career asa criminal trial lawyer.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Closing the Gap
Untertitel: The Trial of Trooper Robert Higbee
Autor:
EAN: 9781935232704
ISBN: 978-1-935232-70-4
Digitaler Kopierschutz: frei
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Bookbaby
Genre: Sonstiges
Anzahl Seiten: 112
Veröffentlichung: 17.10.2013
Jahr: 2013
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 4.6 MB
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