Before hiring a criminal defense lawyer…

by Walter Olson on September 28, 2011

…consider this cautionary tale [Brian Tannebaum].

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1 William Nuesslein 09.28.11 at 9:47 am

People strongly believe that one can buy an acquittal with a high-priced lawyer. Yes, OJ Simpson got off despite overwhelming evidence, but Martha Stewart was convicted with no evidence at all. And Ken Skilling was railroaded by a rabid community despite having one of the best lawyers in the country.

A just society, which does not include ours, has screens: first at the constable level in making an arrest, then at the district attorney level, then at the grand jury, then at motion to dismiss level, and finally at the jury level. The process should seldom be wrong enough where the defense lawyer would matter except for incompetence. In fact, lawyers failed to protect the unfortunate people caught up in the day-care center craziness, and there were many bogus “recovered memory” convictions.

I wonder if there is any evidence that high priced lawyers can get you off.

2 wfjag 09.28.11 at 11:00 am

“I wonder if there is any evidence that high priced lawyers can get you off.[?]”
It depends on what you’re paying for. Some people seek justice from higher powers. Still, I wonder what the requirements are for specializing in Zombie law? :
DEFENSE ATTORNEY EMMANUEL ROY SAY: VOODOO KILLING IS AN ACT OF SELF-DEFENSE
http://www.mmdnewswire.com/defense-attorney-emmanuel-roy-say-voodoo-killing-is-an-act-of-self-defense-2211.html

3 wfjag 09.28.11 at 11:57 am

“I wonder if there is any evidence that high priced lawyers can get you off.[?]”
And, sometimes, William, you’re paying for the company that lawyer keeps:
The Allegedly Distracting Breasts At Counsel Table: Guess Who They Belong To? By Elie Mystal (27 May 2011)
http://abovethelaw.com/2011/05/remember-the-allegedly-distracting-breasts-at-counsels-table-they-belong-to-the-dudes-wife/

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