Lawyers are supposed to have human beings down cold. Bridget Kelly's attorney in Bridgegate, Michael Critchley, doesn't seem to. Here is coverage in the New York Post.
To counteract the testimony and presence of prosecution witness, David Wildstein, Critchley wants to highlight that defendant Kelly is a single mother who only made $83,000 annually. She had been Chris Christies former Chief of Staff. Wildstein had admitted he masterminded Bridgegate and took a guilty plea.
To many, possibly including those in the jury, being a single mother is not in itself the end of the world. Kelly has a lot of company. And for that single mother, $83,000 is a wonderful salary. So many single mothers are toiling at minimum wage in menial jobs.
Also, human beings might judge Kelly harshly for putting at risk her children to allegedly participate in Bridgegate. She was a seasoned enough player in politics to understand that such a scheme could be uncovered by enemies. And she could pay the price in prison.