I overheard an amusing conversation between two lawyers this morning. One of them is a public defender, and the other is a contract attorney. The public defender was complaining about clients saying this: “You just want me to take the plea because you’ll get a bonus.” (NOTE: for those of you who aren’t familiar with the criminal justice system, I’d bet money that there isn’t a public defender’s office anywhere in the nation that gives its attorneys bonuses for pleading out cases). They had a couple of pretty funny responses, but my favorite was this one: “They actually don’t give me bonuses for pleading out cases. I get a bonus for losing at trial. So, what do you want to do?” It made me laugh.