Mr. R. E.
P. 0. Box
disingenuous comments to David Lloyd about my alleged "unscheduled
vacations" reveal your anxiety about quality of life issues for
Judicial District Vacation Policy was adopted after the executive
boards of both the High Point and Greensboro bars unanimously
states: "That each attorney practicing in the 18th Judicial District
may designate such times either consecutively or at intervals 90
days or more in advance of such vacation periods unless a trial or
other matter has already been set by a presiding
21, 1997 I designated February 6, 9 and 10, 1998 and March 19 and
20, 1998, for vacation time. The airline tickets were purchased in
July and August, 1997 and cash deposits have been paid for the
On May 15, 1997, in a detailed article about the Kimble cases in the Greensboro News & Record, this line appeared: "The Kimbles likely will be tried separately. The trials are probably at least a year away, officials said."
Mr. R. E. Panosh
I do not
know whether you were one of the officials quoted but I have been
assured that neither Detective Jim Church nor Sheriff Barnes told
the newspaper anything about when the cases would be tried.
defense attorneys in the Kimble cases agree that neither of the
cases should be scheduled for trial before May, 1998, because of the
need for extensive review and investigation of the facts, forensic
and psychological analysis and preparation of witnesses.
defense attorneys have resolved to treat you and your law
enforcement officers with courtesy and respect. We would like to
prepare our respective cases without unnecessary motions practice
and we would like to share input with the D.A.'s office on the
choice of a trial judge and when the cases will be tried.
penalty cases impose a heavy burden on each of the lawyers involved.
We realize that your job is just as difficult as ours, perhaps more
difficult. We understand that Patricia Kimble's family are entitled
to a vigorous prosecution just as much as the families of the
defendants expect a vigorous defense.
outcome of these cases, either Patricia's family or the families of
the defendants are going to be disappointed. It will be better for
all concerned if discovery and scheduling are done fairly, and if
those affected feel that the process has been fair.
You and I
continue to have our differences but I can assure you that I have
personally resolved to do all I can to make sure that this case is
handled professionally and competently.
Very truly yours,
John B. Hatfield, Jr.
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