Did Defence Attorney James Carson think Bill was guilty or innocent?
Criminal defence attorneys would be financially destitute if they only defended innocent people. Carson’s acceptance of Bill’s brief doesn’t mean that he thought Bill was innocent. However, Chubbie told Ralph Barker (who wrote Verdict of a Lost Flyer in the 1960s) that Carson didn’t want to take Bill’s case because he thought Bill was guilty (Carson rarely acted as a defence attorney in criminal trials) and that he only took the case after she told him that Bill was innocent and begged him to go and see Bill and decide for himself.
The fact that Carson took the case suggests that he thought Bill innocent. This is supported by other acts.
1. Carson welcomed Bill into his home in the aftermath of his trial. No defence lawyer who thought that his client had committed murder would welcome the client into his home to stay with his family.
2. He corresponded with Bill’s wife Kiki in England – whom he had never met – for a dozen years after the trial. Would he have done so if he thought Bill a killer?
James Carson defended Bill because he was convinced he was innocent.