Blind Hog Finds Acorn
As a young child, I sometimes got upset when things were beyond my reach. My grandmother, who was my rock, would often tell me, “Don’t worry, baby, even a blind hog will find an acorn sometimes.” I now realize that these words were meant to encourage me to keep trying and not give up.
In the practice of criminal law, it is often difficult to win a case. The deck is stacked in favor of the District Attorney. They only have to bring the cases to court that they believe will win. And if you do end up in trial, the juries in the 15th Judicial District are notorious for seldom bringing back verdicts of not guilty.
The Motion to Suppress, in suitable cases, can be the criminal defense attorney’s best friend. While reviewing the discovery, (which the District Attorney is required to provide you), it is sometimes possible to uncover a mistake that the police made in the procedure. The Motion to Suppress allows the defense attorney to exclude evidence obtained improperly. This often results in the case being dismissed.
Although it doesn’t frequently happen, having a case dismissed by having a judge grant a Motion to Suppress reminds me of what my grandmother told me as a child. The blind hog did find an acorn.