FRANKLIN, Tenn. – After prosecutors in Williamson County wanted to ban a defense attorney from referring to them as ‘the government’ the defense attorney had a clever return motion. Attorney Drew Justice filed a motion demanding he be called ‘Captain Justice’ according to The Tennessean newspaper.
The spat dates back to May when assistant district attorney Tammy Rettig filed a state motion during an aggravated burglary case. Instead of ‘the government’ Rettig wanted Justice to refer to them by personal name, title or the state of Tennessee.
Justice’s motion stated that, among other things, he wanted the man he was defending to be referred to as ‘Mister’ or ‘the citizen accused’ instead of ‘the defendant.’ And when prosecutors addressed him personally…
“Whenever addressed by name, the name ‘Captain Justice’ will be appropriate” Justice penned in his motion.
The newspaper contacted the prosecutor’s office, who deflected criticism and said the state was strictly trying to focus on the facts of the case. Justice was also contacted and didn’t elaborate on his motion or the case other than to say that a judge had tossed out Rettig’s motion.