I think Ryan Frederick’s attorney James Broccoletti has done his job very well to this point in the case. He’s been aided by an incompetent prosecution, and I wish he had taken the break-in allegations seriously sooner, but all in all, I’ve certainly seen worse in these cases. Broccoletti has an excellent reputation, and getting a manslaughter verdict on a case involving a dead cop and an admitted marijuana grower will only add to that.
That said, I just spoke with an attorney working on a similar case who was floored by this quote from Broccoletti:
“I think it’s a very fair and very rational verdict by the jury. I think it demonstrates that they applied reason, thought and common sense and sound judgment in what was a very emotional case.”
I think I agree (with the attorney I spoke with, not Broccoletti). There are a dozen or more solid reasons to appeal this verdict. I’m having a hard time understanding how Broccoletti’s statement that the verdict is “very fair and very rational” serves his client.