My name is Kaden Gaylord and I was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. I will be a sophomore at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. I plan to attend college at the University of Kentucky, or Ohio State University. I am interested in being an athletic trainer, personal trainer, or working for ESPN as a sports analyst.
I went to both courthouses (District and Circuit) and observed many different types court cases, like civil, family, criminal, and domestic violence. The court I liked the most was Domestic Violence Court because it was full of drama, and like every teen in the world, I love drama. I recognize that these cases are very serious, however, they were a good learning experience.
I think I will stick with my original plan. The criminal justice system is not meant for me, but I am glad that I took this opportunity to intern here at the Commonwealth Attorney’ s Office.
On Thursday, I was able to observe a suppression hearing for which I had done research. A suppression hearing happens when either party files a Motion to Suppress some evidence which a defense attorney believes was improperly obtained by police. In this specific case, there was a dispute regarding the sufficiency of the description of the place to be searched in the search warrant.
To prepare for the suppression hearing, I searched the relevant street addresses on Google Earth and took screenshots of the results to show what the property looks like. I also pulled the PVA records for the relevant addresses to get the county’s description of the property.
Another important part of prepping for a suppression hearing is researching the law on the specific matter. For this hearing, that involved researching the level of particularity required for a search warrant.
During the hearing itself, I thought both the prosecution and defense did their job well. Although the Commonwealth ended up winning, the defense counsel was diligent in their efforts to represent their client to the best of their ability. In the end, that is what makes the justice system effective: having diligent attorneys on each side of the case, representing their client to the best of their abilities.
On Friday the 12th of June I was fortunate enough to participate in a ride along with Officer Greg Wims. I rode with Officer Wims from 4pm to midnight and in these 8 hours I sure learned a lot.
First things first, I learned that Lexington Police Officers DO NOT have a quota to meet regarding traffic stops. Throughout the night we had many stops to make ranging anywhere from criminal threatening to kidnapping.
One of the most important things I observed on Friday was the sense of passion Officer Wims had for what he does and the community he was patrolling. The media often portrays police officers in a bad light and through my experience I have learned this is not the case. He had several relationships built with the residents of Lexington along with respect for each and every person he came in contact with when he was on the job. He expressed to me multiple times that the citizens are more likely to trust you when you build a personal relationship with them and let them know you are there to protect them by the detection and prevention of crime because often they assess you as the enemy.
I really enjoyed this experience and look forward to my next activity here at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office!
Intern Lydia’s last day! We’re sending her out into the world as an official Crime Fighter!!