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Can Nanette Packard and Eric Naposki Get a Fair Trial in Orange County

Posted by Courtney Pilchman | Jul 15, 2009 | 0 Comments

We get our fair share of comments on this case, some convicting Nanette Packard and Eric Naposki before trial and some wanting to wait and see what the prosecutor has in the way of new evidence. Thus, we decided to pose this question……Can these two get a fair trial here in Orange County.

I thought about this blog and decided to copy some quotes from the prosecutor to further the debate. Now, let me first say I think the prosecutor is a good, honest lawyer and well intentioned. By pulling these quotes, I am not suggesting they were done for any self-serving purpose but rather an illustration of public comments and whether they have an impact on the jury process.

“well-intentioned people, but I can't imagine they have any clue about what she is really like.” Speaking of the friends and neighbors who wanted to pledge money for Nanette's defense There is no doubt we have the right guys,” Speaking of Nanette Packard (formerly Nanette Johnston), 43, a Ladera Ranch housewife, and Eric Andrew Naposki, 42, of Greenwich, Conn.

As we all know, innocent until proven guilty. Sounds great in theory but in real life, most of us our judgmental and reserving judgment until a trial is almost too much to ask. At Pilchman & Kay, our lawyers have been on both sides of the table, as prosecutors and now as defense attorneys. What we can tell you from our years of experience is that most jurors come into court and WANT to convict. They feel the defendant must have done something wrong to be sitting in court awaiting trial. In our opinion, it really comes down to having to disprove a prosecutor's theory in order to win an acquittal.

The potential jurors who come into court are for the most part law abiding citizens who have never had the experience of being accused of a crime. Face it, those who are not probably don't even respond to their summons. So, these honest, hardworking jurors come to court and most of them cannot fathom the idea that some innocent people do get arrested. Add the media coverage and public comments by the prosecuting agency on top of their honest albeit flawed thinking and what do you get? Probably a panel of jurors who despite their best efforts, cannot be fair and impartial.

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Courtney Pilchman

Courtney Pilchman was a Deputy District Attorney for over six years prior to becoming a criminal defense attorney. She was a member of some of the most elite prosecution units including crimes against children, family violence, and sexual assault. She prosecuted very high profile cases and had a ...


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