All of Riverside County was incensed to hear of the attempt on the life
of two police officers on Friday, Aug. 21. We all abhor violence, of course,
and many of us have a heightened respect and appreciation for police officers.
In a situation like this, it's natural to want closure. That may be
why some people greeted the news that the three San Bernardino men accused
of shooting the officers pleaded not guilty to the
murder charges against them on Wednesday, Aug. 27.
While we share in the community's desire for justice, we also caution
against jumping to conclusions for the following reasons:
- All defendants, no matter how severe or shocking the crime of which they
are accused, are innocent until they are proven guilty.
- Many circumstances of the fateful night have still not been determined
with much certainty. One of the reasons we have trials is to prove what
can be proven and eliminate conjecture, opinion or embellishment.
- Justice isn't a knee-jerk concept. To achieve a true sense that justice
has been done, we need to carefully sort through all the facts and evidence
in a given situation and let the accused have his or her say. It can be
a time-consuming process, and we know that can cause impatience, but it
is vitally important all the same.
If you think you need to speak to a criminal defense attorney, please know you can
contact us at any time. From our office near the Southwest Justice Center, we help
people from Hemet, Corona, Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar, Perris,
Banning and other Riverside County communities.