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Ethics? It’s the Private Investigation Business!

Ethics? It’s the Private Investigation Business!

By Ricky B. Gurley and Laurien Rose

Anyone interested in learning about the ethics of the private investigation industry should read Hal Humphreys’ article, The Dishonest Investigator as “Rational Fool.” Humphreys analyzes the trustworthiness of modern private investigators, focusing specifically on the use of GPS mapping systems. Although I agree with much of what Humphreys has written and believe his intent in writing the article is honorable, I would like to mention a few differences of opinion.

“Business doesn’t always have to be a zero-sum game,” Humphreys states.

This is the private investigation business we are talking about — not just any old business like selling used cars or bail bonds. Humphreys is right: this is not a “zero-sum game.” It is not a game at all. In this business, the quality of people’s lives depends on our work. Their freedom, liberty or life itself could be on the line. I believe private investigation work is a “zero-sum business” because anything the investigator loses during a case could be someone else’s gain.

“Case in point: Occasionally, clients will ask me to slap a GPS tracker on a subject’s car. That surely makes surveillance easier, but I’m not willing to do it. Bottom line—it’s cheating,” Humphreys writes.

I have a few ethical questions regarding this statement:

  • If you enter into a contract with a client in this business, covering topics like acceptable performance standard, is it ethical to forego using a GPS when it is legal to use one because you are worried about “cheating?”
  • If you can legally use the GPS in a case but refuse to because your personal belief is that this would be “cheating,” are you serving your client’s interests or yours?
  • Are you offering your client the best service possible if you refuse to use certain tools that are legally at your disposal?

The legality of GPS usage depends on the state you legally work in and circumstance. A private citizen can place a tracking device on any vehicle under his or her own name. Not using a GPS because it is illegal is one thing, but avoiding GPS usage because it violates your idea of fair play is a whole different bowl of fruit when you are contractually obligated to your client.

My observations expose a dilemma in the private investigation business: ethics. This business involves a certain amount of deception, comparable to bluffing in poker or diverting an opponent’s attention in chess by moving a certain piece. But there is one major difference: the private investigation business is not a game. The stakes are high and an investigator that doesn’t use every tool at their disposal doesn’t normally face the consequences — their clients do.

When determining what is ethical, perhaps one should ask: what is the motivation behind my ethics?

Are your ethics easy to justify, but also self-serving? Or do your ethics protect people other than yourself?

If your ethics dictate you will not “cheat” by using a GPS or other legal-to-use technology during a client’s contract case, are you:

a) being ethical by refusing to “cheat?”

b) putting your personal interests above your client’s that you are contractually obligated to serve to the best of your ability?

When I take on a case, my first obligation is to my paying client with whom I signed a contract stating I will perform a service to the best of my ability.

I think the ethical goal should simply be this: an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. If you are not doing everything you legally can to bring favorable results to your client’s case, I don’t think you are giving your client an honest day’s work. Clients (and society) benefit from a private investigator that refuses to do anything illegal while working a case.

Ethics are a moral guideline. Good ethics will lead to honest business, protecting the business owner, clients and society from disreputable, dishonest and damaging acts. The way an investigator behaves in their business should be determined by their personal ethics.

I doubt many people in the private investigation business can even define the term ethics. Although they may throw the word around to get out of doing work or make competition look bad, they would be hard pressed to answer the question: why is it unethical for you to do this or for Investigator X to have done that?

Ethics don’t mean a thing without a clear definition and understanding of why they should be followed.

Written by Rick Gurley

July 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Beware Of What You Don’t Know: SKIPSMASHER!

 

That pesky weather bulletin that you are getting, you know the one that keeps “popping up” on your cell phone? That text message to call a number that is listed in the text, you know the one that looks like there is some kind of a dire emergency that you need to be warned about? BEWARE, these could very well be some unethical Private Investigator trying to locate your exact geographical position! Yeah, REALLY!

The average consumer is probably unaware of how many times a day his or her privacy is violated. The average consumer is probably unaware that at any give time most Private Investigators and Collection Agencies, Repossession Agencies can find a person’s exact location. Thanks to sites like “Skip Smasher” you’ll never know if that Weather Bulletin is a real weather alert that was sent to you strictly to warn you about weather conditions, or if it is someone trying to find out what your exact location is. Below is the description from “Skip Smasher” of the service it offers to it’s customers:

Cell Stinger

This is actually a wonderful way to invade someone’s privacy and claim it is legitimate because they have location services turned on, on their phone. The problem is that this method uses subterfuge to exploit your location bases services that were originally designed to help drives and hikers navigate. What happens is the weather bulleting starts to pop up and nag the unsuspecting victim and it asks the unsuspecting victim if they would like to opt out of receiving these alerts, when the unsuspecting victim does this the opt out process captures the unsuspecting victim’s location and sends it to a server where it is processed and sent to the person paying to have this service in the form of a  Google Map with as much details as can be processed on the unsuspecting victim’s location.

Enter Robert Scott, the man that owns “Skip Smasher” and who is making good money off of showing Private Investigators how to exploit your privacy. And he does not care at all that this could be an invasion of privacy, because he is a Private Investigator himself and that is how he markets this service, as a service for Investigative Professionals by Investigative Professionals. Actually what happens here is some Private Investigator uses this to locate you, the unsuspecting citizen for someone that is paying that Private Investigator money. And the service is CHEAP! For under five dollars ($5.00) a Private Investigator can use this service to “ping” your exact location. Does it not seem a little “creepy” that a person that does not like you, or is obsessed with you, or intends you harm can get someone with this type of technology to find your exact location at almost any given time, for a price? Are you still comfortable with that weather bulletin that just came in on your cell phone?

Okay, so you are a Private Citizen and you want to do something about this. What do you do? Well, right now this service is not illegal, however in 2001 pretexting a cell phone for a third party’s cell phone records was not illegal either. Until Senator Charles Schumer made it illegal to gain another person’s cell phone call details without authorization. If you feel like you don’t want to be the victim of this type of privacy invasion, call your State Representatives, Call your Senators; request that they open an investigation into Robert Scott and “Skip Smasher” . Request that your Senator or your State Representative try to pass new legislation to outlaw this practice. Request that your State Senators and State Representatives send Robert Scott a stern message that it is not acceptable to profit from the wholesale invasion of people’s privacy.

Below are links that will help you find the contact details for your State Senators and State Representatives, if you decide that you don’t want to accept this type of privacy invasion:

State Senators Directory

U.S. House Of Representatives Directory

California State Representatives  Mr. Robert Scott lives in California.

Search State House of Representatives This is the Google Search Link, all you have to do is click it and peruse the results.

Privacy is in short supply. You will find the word “privacy” nowhere in the constitution. But we should all have an expectation that the items we purchase to make our lives a little more comfortable should not be exploited and turned against us to take what little bit of privacy we have left.

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Earn It, Own It! Steal It, Possess It!

Okay, I am on the “war path”; by now this is no secret! But everything we do should have some kind of a benefit to others; so here is my “pearl of wisdom post” for the year. I hope this post benefits those that have betrayed me and tried to damage my business as well as it does anyone else reading.

Of course if you have ever worked hard, sacrificed, and stayed the course to build something, a business, a company, an organization, a savings account, to own a house, or buy a vehicle, or get a college degree, or just whatever you have worked hard and sacrificed for; then you understand the title of this post. One can only own something when they earn the right to own it. Anyone can steal from someone else, but whatever they steal they will only possess, and never own!

Hopefully this post will help Bonni Arnold to understand one key and critical philosophy in life, that nobody has ever taken the time to explain to her; the difference between owning something and possessing something. This is why Bonni Arnold is a THIEF, not just because of her convictions on Case Net, but because nobody ever taught her the difference between owning something and possessing something. Just type in this case number: 01CR169012  on Case Net and you’ll get a good idea about Bonni Arnold’s philosophy in life

Here is a picture of Bonni Arnold:

Bonni Arnold: THIEF!

Bonni Arnold: THIEF!

Careful with this one! This lady has tried all of her life to game the legal system, and has had some success! However, she ran into a few people that are going to try to  put a stop to it, and hopefully will with some work, effort, and a little luck; and I am only one of those people!

Bonni has never tried to earn anything in her life, she has never held a job for over a year, and has been fired from most of the places she has worked! She would rather fake an injury and try to sue someone in court for a living than to work and earn a living! This is one of the many reasons she is so despicable! Right now as I write this Bonni Arnold has filed a Personal Injury Suit in court in which she claims she can not work a regular job due to someone rear ending her. Here is the kicker; she worked a regular job when she was working for me, she worked a regular job in construction doing manual labor, all after she was rear ended! Fortunately the attorney that is representing the poor guy who’s insurance company is being sued by Bonni seems to be one sharp lady, that is not going to let Bonni Arnold get away with gaming the system. The Attorney is Ann Hagan and she has a lot of experience, and is doing everything she can to prevent Bonni Arnold from “gaming the system”; if you recognize Bonni Arnold and you know something that might help Ann Hagan to keep Bonni Arnold from getting over on the system, please click Ann Hagan’s name above where it is linked and give her a call.

So, here is the lesson for Bonni Arnold and anyone else that does not understand that the easy way out is seldom the best way out. Bonni Arnold, you can’t do what I do! You can’t run a company like I can! You may think you can, but you can’t! You didn’t earn it! You don’t understand what it means to sacrifice for something that is bigger than yourself, because you are too selfish to understand that! You believe that stealing from someone gets you the same thing they had, it doesn’t! You can’t have any pride in what you possess, when you steal it. You did not starve, struggle, and work your ass off to own a company like mine! Six months of working for my company does not even entitle you to be anything other than a laborer, much less own a Private Investigation Agency! A REAL Private Investigator takes years and years learning his or her craft, cultivating contacts, and patiently builds a decent agency over years of time, not months! You have never really owned anything, because you have never taken the time to earn anything. Having a sexual affair with Danieal H. Miller for financial loans and job titles in his company does not make you an Investigator, it makes you a whore! Those sexually explicit text messages that you used to brag about that you got on my phone (YEAH, my phone) from Danieal H. Miller, did you really think that I did not get copies of those? Really? You should know me a little better than that. What about those pictures of your bare ass that you up-loaded onto my phone and my SkyDrive account, you don’t think I saved them somewhere else other than SkyDrive? Remember, I called you and told you that you were uploading those pictures to my SkyDrive account? You are not nowhere as bright as you seem to think you are. Whoever gave you the idea that you could file for an order of protection against me to try to extort $3,061.75 from me REALLY advised you poorly! Yeah, I have a copy of that pile of crap attempt to settle letter, look below:

ATTEMPT TO EXTORT MONEY FROM ME BY OFFERING TO SETTLE EX-PARTE FOR $3,061.75

ATTEMPT TO EXTORT MONEY FROM ME BY OFFERING TO SETTLE EX-PARTE FOR $3,061.75

So, you, “Sleazy” Miller and Brad “Crazy” Crowell REALLY thought you could pull that crap off? On me? REALLY? Nobody told you that I don’t scare or intimidate, you have to put me in front of a Judge and let the Judge decide; but you won’t extort money from me using the legal system! And you thought that after the Judge ruled this would be over with? Ohh HELL no!  Every LEGAL means at my disposal to rectifying this situation, I am going to use. And I am in this for the long haul. I am going to file lawsuits, complaints to the OCDC, and blog about this for YEARS to come! I just was not the one to try to victimize, and tell your attorney that too! I don’t victimize well!

What would make any of you two DIPSTICK attorneys that tried to help Bonni Arnold with her attempt to extort money from me, want to try to help her extort money from someone like me, anyway? You have to know that as a Private Investigator in Columbia, MO. for over twelve years, I know a few things that people like you really don’t like me knowing. Brad, didn’t I call you and ask you about that Public Defender that you were having an affair with, while you were still married to your wife? Did you think that was a coincidence? You remember, right before you were admitted to Mid-MO. for blowing a hole though your house with a shotgun, from the inside of the house? I know you managed to keep that quiet, but did you think I did not know? What? Danny Miller; Arlie Nole and I are still good friends; you defended him and took care of his legal problems for years, do you really think that I don’t know a few things that you would not want known? What about that Judge you flew to the Mustang Ranch in NV., to get some bond reductions so that Arlie Nole could post bond for some people that were under no-bonds? Bet you never thought that would come back to “bite you in that old, white wrinkly ass”, did you?

You two attorneys HAVE to had known that when this was over with I was going to respond to your efforts, didn’t you? Bonni Arnold was never a threat to me, she was always too stupid to be a threat, but you two “DIRTY, DIPSTICKS” made her a threat by taking up her cause, when you KNEW it was BULLSHIT! Both of you knew you should not have represented her to begin with, not just because it was not allowed due to our previous relationships (and that is why both of you got kicked from this case), but also because you both KNEW it was inappropriate, and unethical for Bonni Arnold to try to use an ex-parte and an application for a Full Order of Protection to try to collect money that she is not even owed! If any reader here ever wants any proof of how inappropriate and unethical it is to try to use an ex-parte temporary order of protection to collect money, refer back to this earlier blog post: A Good Referral To An EXCELLENT Attorney Who Did A Spectacular Job For Me! and read the quoted case law, and if that is not enough think about this; after I got Danieal H. Miller and Brad Crowell “kicked” from the case  (Actually My Attorney Gretchen Yancey did this, she is an ASS-KICKER, I can’t say enough good things about her), the only other attorney that Bonni could find to take this case was from Unionville, MO (135 miles away from Columbia, MO.) and went to law school with Danieal H. Miller. She could not find a local attorney or even an attorney in Jefferson City, MO. to touch this pile of crap after the two “dirtiest” attorneys in Columbia, MO. got kicked from it. So, if you ever ask yourself why I am also including you two “Used Car Dealer’s Of An Attorney” in this, it is because you both tried to help Bonni Arnold damage me and my company, Danieal H. Miller because he is an old pervert that knew Bonni Arnold would exchange sex for legal services, and Brad Crowell because Danny Miller had him at a disadvantage due to him having office space with Danny Miller and assisting him on some of his cases. You both knew better, and you both have an entire page on this blog devoted to each of you, and Danny Miller your secretary, Jo and her “unusual accounting practices” are going to get a page too, because she was so happy to try to be a witness against me…. And tell Stephanie I have my ears open for “dirt” on her too. You people had to know there would be a day of reckoning after the crap you tried to pull in court. You just had to know this day would come, right?

Here is a piece of advice for you two DUMMIES! “You don’t piss off the keeper of the secrets by trying to publically humiliate him, you either KILL the keeper of the secrets or you leave him alone”.

Bonni Arnold, I also know that your boyfriend is with you because it is cheaper to be with you than for him to have to pay the child support you took him to court for in 2004. And he may act like he supports you, but ask Webster if this is turning out like he was so confident that it would…..

Just a piece of advice Bonni Arnold; it is not too late for you. Find something you want in life and EARN it, don’t try to steal it! You’ll change your life for the better if you follow that single piece of advice…

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Rick Gurley

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Confidentiality: Good P.I.’s Remain Silent About Their Cases And Clients!

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I have been on the Internet for a very long time, probably longer than most Private Investigators have. I am always amazed at the information one can find on the Internet. Most of the information on the Internet is information that we freely give about ourselves. Between social networks, email, and the “deep web”, we can find out almost anything about anyone. It has become accepted and even expected that the consumer will inadvertently give out private information about their self on the Internet in current times. But what about Private Investigators? One would think that a Private Investigator would be cautious of what they allow others to see about them and their business on the Internet. Sadly, this does not seem to be the case.

The Private Investigation business is a funny business, while the Private Investigator has to be able to keep his or her case information confidential, he or she also has to find an effective way to advertise or market on the Internet these days, also. Often times Private Investigators blur the lines between marketing and giving out confidential information on the Internet. I was amazed eight years ago when I found a naked picture of one Private Investigator on the Internet. Not surprisingly this Private Investigator was the very person responsible for their naked picture being on the Internet. If this Private Investigator had not sent their naked picture to other unsuspecting people of the opposite sex in email, their picture would have never been found on the Internet. This is just an example  of how careless one Private Investigator had become with their information. But there are literally hundreds of examples like this where Private Investigators have shared a little too much on the Internet.

We all remember the Baby Lisa Irwin Case, and one Private Investigator’s attempt to grab some attention by proclaiming how he was working this case, then “backpedaling” and stating that he was blogging this case as an “Investigative Journalist”, right? Look at all of the information and inferences one could make from that situation. First, the question comes to mind; why wouldn’t anyone actually hire him to work this case? Second, one has to wonder was this Private Investigator using his fee based, proprietary databases to cull information on this case, while he was clearly not working as a hired Private Investigator conducting a Private Investigation? Third, was it appropriate to share the results of his investigation with the public, while the Police were conducting an investigation into the disappearance of this infant, if he was not hired by anyone to conduct this investigation? It is one thing to conduct an investigation as a hired Private Investigator where you have an obligation to your client to investigate the case and keep the information that you gather confidential; it is entirely another thing to possibly interfere with a Police investigation by conducting an investigation for the sake of blogging about your findings for a little media attention. And to this day, this Private Investigator has put himself in the unenviable position of not being able to prove that he did one single thing that helped in locating this child; the only thing he did do was make himself look like an attention starved, low-rent Private Investigator that would do anything for a little media attention.

RMRI, Inc. works a good deal of very sensitive cases that go to court and can be “life altering” to our clients if certain critical information were to come out about our cases. RMRI, Inc. has a few hard and fast rules and protocols about how we conduct business and what we choose to let the public know about our business. First, the ONLY time we are working a case is when we have a paying client, we don’t work cases for free in the hopes of getting some media attention. In all cases that go to court, we enter into a contract with the client. If the case is something simple, where a contract is not necessary (such as: serving a summons) we get an email acknowledgement or an on-line acknowledgement that we are working for the client and that the client expects any information we find in the course of doing our work to remain confidential. We NEVER speak to anyone outside of the client and our team members about an active and ongoing case. Even after a case is completely finished we have a ninety (90) day wait time before we can even acknowledge that we had any involvement with the case whatsoever, and then after that ninety (90) days we can not mention anything that identifies the case we can just speak in general terms about the case.  Our approach is quite simple; “we don’t want attention, we want to be paid”. We liken our work to that of any other job, we “punch in” and work, we “punch out” and go home, and we collect our pay. We work to make a living, not for glamour and fame.

While it is true that you can find RMRI, Inc.’s company name in certain publications for attorneys and certain news papers and magazines, what you wont find is any specific information about cases we work, such as names, dates, and specific locations. While you might see a mentioning of cases on our website, what you will not see is any specific mentioning of the details of these cases unless they are over seven (7) years old. While you might see a Facebook Page for RMRI, Inc., what you won’t see is any mention of a case we are working. We make tremendous efforts and take great pains at RMRI, Inc. not to blur the lines between advertising and giving out even a hint of information about our clients and our cases. RMRI, Inc. is not so desperate for attention that we are willing to forsake our client’s privacy for some media attention.

RMRI, Inc. is made up of two (2) licensed Private Investigators, one (1) Pending Licensed Private Investigator, one (1) Process Server, two (2) Technical Consultants qualified as Expert Witnesses, and one (1) Secretary and all of our staff have committed to keeping all case and client data at RMRI, Inc. confidential. Each member is well aware that intentionally “leaking” case and/or client information outside of the confines of RMRI, Inc. is grounds for termination and possible civil action.

In Summary

A Private Investigator’s ability to keep his or her case and client information is paramount. Confidentiality in the Private Investigation Business is a justified expectation of the client. A successful and confident Private Investigator feels no need to boast about their cases or their clients. Confidentiality is the hallmark of any successful Private investigation Business. If you don’t understand confidentiality, you don’t understand the Private Investigation Business!

Private Investigator Databases Are Just Tools; Nothing More!

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About a month ago I was contacted by an attorney to locate a person for him. The attorney is a good friend of mine, and someone that I have known for quite a while. Because this is attorney is a friend of mine that I am sure would help me out if I ever encountered some legal problems, I did this locate as a courtesy to the attorney. With all of the information that is available to the consumer today and the additional amount of information available to Private Investigators today; a locate is really not that difficult, or at least it is not as difficult as it used to be but it can be time consuming.

Naturally the first thing any Private Investigator would do to locate a person is to start looking around on the Internet for information about the person, start running database reports and generate as much raw information about the subject as he or she can. Sometimes the raw data that is generated about a person can be quite extensive. The average consumer does not have a clue as to what it takes to locate a person that is hard to find, whether it be because the person has moved several times and their information has changed several times or because the person simply does not want to be found. It is entirely possible to generate fifty to seventy five pages of raw data on the subject the Private Investigator is trying to find. Any half-smart Private Investigator knows that there is a percentage of information that is generated from this Internet research that will be inaccurate. This is why this raw data has to be gone through with a “fine-toothed comb”; to weed out the inaccurate information and keep the accurate information and this can take hours and sometimes even days.

So, when I started to work my locate I generated over ninety pages of raw data. I had old addresses, old phone numbers, relatives, associates, email addresses, and more. The process for weeding out the inaccurate information requires talking to people and confirming the information that you have. In my case I would say that over seventy percent of the information I had was either not accurate, or “stale”. The thirty percent of the information that was accurate was not useful in actually getting in touch with the subject. I did have two addresses in Ozark, MO. that looked like they could be where the subject was living, so I told the attorney about them. The attorney was going to be in that area of Missouri so he said he’d go by the addresses and see if the subject lived at these addresses. The attorney reported back that the addresses were not current and asked me to continue on. So, I ran some reports on a different database and sifted through these reports and came up with an address that I had not seen on any of the other reports I had previously ran, but I did not have a phone number for the address. So, here is where it is time to get some field work done.

Now, the newest address that I had was in Springfield, MO., and I am in Columbia, MO.; I am approximately one hundred and eighty miles from Springfield, MO. In this case it occurs to me that it might be more economical to sub-contract this address check to a Private Investigator in Springfield, MO.; enter Heather Snow.

I contacted Heather Snow of Southwest Investigating Agency. Heather and I spoke and I told her what I needed and sent her all of the research that I had conducted up to the point that I had contacted her. Heather had just suffered a terrible family tragedy, but she still took this case and charged me an extremely reasonable fee. Within just a few days after receiving my payment, she found the person i was looking for. Heather Snow put several hours of work into making this happen, she went to the address I had once and nobody was home. Heather Snow then made a second trip to the address and spoke with a young man at the address who knew the subject and called him to meet with Heather. Heather Snow waited for the subject to show up, got all of the information from him that she could  get, and then put him in touch with me. Heather Snow worked diligently, professionally, and she produced an effective result for me, at a most reasonable fee. Below are Heather Snow’s contact details:

Southwest Investigating Agency

305 E Walnut St, Ste 314, Springfield, MO 65806

(417) 866-1756

I would highly recommend Heather Snow to anyone that needs a Private Investigator in Springfield, MO.; she is a worker! As it happens, Heather Snow’s father was a Private Investigator for thirty seven years and Heather grew up in the Private Investigator business; one could say that Heather was “groomed” to be a Private Investigator. I was completely satisfied with the service that Heather provided, Heather produced quick, effective, and accurate results, and she knew exactly how to handle this case. Heather Snow is your Private Investigator connection in the Springfield, Ozark, and Lake of The Ozarks area. I would not hire any other Private Investigator in that area other than Heather Snow.

There is a lesson here too. As one can see by reading the title of this post, the information that we have at our fingertips in this information age makes cases like this a little less difficult to work; but it is not a “case solver”, it is only a tool. There are many Private Investigators out there that believe that database information is the be all and end all to working a case; and they would be wrong. More often than not no matter how much information you get from the Internet and the various databases you may have access to you will have to confirm that information and often enough you will have to “put boots on the ground” and do some field work to complete your case. So, remember that Database are just a tool, you still have to investigate your case!

 

The Truth About The Criminal Defense Investigator

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A few days ago I read a very interesting and thought provoking  article by a well respected and extremely knowledgeable and competent Criminal Defense Investigator, and I think it is an EXCELLENT reply to all of those people in Law Enforcement that say that the Criminal Defense Investigator is working for the “darkside”, or the prosecutors that seem to believe the same.

Below is an article by Brandon Perron, and nobody could have said this better….

The Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council

The CDITC Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator maintains a philosophy as an “impartial and objective advocate of the truth”. Many do not understand how this can be so. After all, are we not working on behalf of the defense and therefore committed to defending the guilty as well as the innocent? Indeed. The Constitution of the United States calls for the defense of the accused and ensures that all be afforded a fair trial. Our critics fail to accept that idea than one is innocent until proven guilty. Thus, we assist and defend the “accused”. It is in this spirit and in accordance with the letter of the law that we do what we do. In essence, we are defending not any one individual but in fact an idea defined by truth, liberty, and justice. As a group we work on behalf of all when we ensure one is granted their constitutional right to a fair trial. We do this by pursuing the truth and ensuring that all of the facts are brought to light. This is done while working as an agent of counsel with all the privileges afforded such a role. We uncover and report the truth to defense counsel so that they may properly advise and defend the accused. If all parties were to act in such an impartial and objective manner, the truth would be revealed and justice would be served without prejudice. A lofty idea but an objective nonetheless. Too many in our system, on both sides, have lost sight of what it is that we do and why we do it. Fundamentally, it is about fairness to all. A victim of crime is always a tragic event that demands justice by a fair and just system. Yet, we must also acknowledge and remind our criminal justice colleagues that a victim of the system is also a tragic and appalling crime and in many ways a much larger injustice. In fact, it is an insult to every American who has lost their life defending this great nation.

What of the claims often promoted by narrow minded individuals? I have yet to meet a professional criminal defense investigator who wishes to free the guilty. Such an objective would be outrageous by any standard. Would it not? Of course! However, it is a fact. No, it is a truth that our entire system of juris prudence is based upon the Blackstonian view that it is “better to let ten guilty escape than allow one innocent to suffer”. It is the innocent that our system is designed to protect. The innocent! Consider the meaning of this word. Such a designation comes in many forms. Again, many in the criminal justice system never fail to declare that laws are created to protect the innocent from crime. However, those same fair minded people tend to forget that laws are also created to protect the innocent from the very laws designed to punish the guilty. In other words, laws are created to defend us from ourselves. The greatest threat to freedom and truth comes not from a foreign power but from within. We are our own worst enemy. This is where the criminal defense professional comes into play. We NEVER forget and function as a constant reminder to the fair minded but often forgetful. The reminder is aggressively delivered in the form of facts, evidence, and truth and it is delivered without apology.

The CDITC Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator represents the virtual Knighthood of the faithful. We recognize the need, accept the responsibility, and stand watch as defenders of the constitution and the right of the accused to a fair trial. If you are not a CDITC Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, I encourage you to apply and join the ranks of the ever faithful and courageous elite. Our ranks are growing. The monumental task of promoting and defending truth demands no less.

Mandamus Veritas!

Link to The Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council

Thank you Brandon. Thank you for articulately expressing the real truth behind the role of the Criminal Defense Investigator.

 

Rick.

Written by Rick Gurley

November 8, 2006 at 2:31 PM

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