Short and sweet on this un-work* day.
* Un-work in that most people are off as evidenced by the lack of other people on the road this morning.
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM/Grand Haven Tribune) – A Grand Haven school board member received his sentence this morning for stealing money from a school-sanctioned fundraiser.
Our news partner, The Grand Haven Tribune , is reporting 20-year-old Brandon Hall was sentenced today to 24 months probation, 60 hours of community service and a $665 fine.
A jury found Hall guilty of the larceny-by-conversion charge in February. He took the money from a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society last fall.
The first commenter is today’s winner at life:
Don’t trust anyone with the shirt buttoned to the top
That’s good advice, indeed!
In the same spirit of the “People You Never Meet In Solo Practice” post from a couple weeks ago, Crimlaw blog offers a similar list of “crummy,” “incompetent criminal defense attorneys who “walk [their clients] right off the plank and into the ocean.” Including:
Sturm und Drang: This guy has figured out that the best strategy for attracting clients is to be LOUD AND CONFRONTATIONAL. There is no give in this guy. Everything has got to be a trial and he will holler and fuss and object and object and object and object and his client will be convicted of driving without a license anyway. Then, the thoroughly peeved prosecutor will ask the thoroughly peeved judge to throw the book at his client. Defendant could have gotten a weekend in jail if the attorney had just had a short, civilized discussion with the prosecutor before they went before they went to the bench – now he’s getting a month. This guy doesn’t care. He knows that 50% of the people in the gallery were wowed by him fighting tooth and nail for his client and that they don’t understand how it hurt the client. He knows this will bring business and big fees.
This guy is not exclusive to criminal law.
Miss Empathy: She makes illogical arguments in court, makes ridiculous objections, and does long meaningless cross examinations. Worse, she can’t negotiate with the prosecutor and officers worth a darn. Her client "didn’t really mean to do it" and was "led astray by her friends" and is a nice boy who comes from a good God-fearing family." She believes this and is emotionally invested in her client. The problem is, she believed it for the last 300 clients just as strongly and nobody trusts her judgment. Because she tends to harass prosecutors and officers they try to avoid her if at all possible. At the end of the trial she’s out in the hall talking to Mom about her son’s jail sentence and she’s visibly more upset about it than Mom is; in fact, you’ll sometimes see family members trying to comfort and talk her down. Defendants, and their families, love her because she obviously cares so much.
and of course,
In the Glow: This guy is the partner, associate, or office sharer of a prominent lawyer. As such, he benefits from the Big Guy’s reputation. When people can’t afford Big Guy’s fee or need someone NOW and Big Guy isn’t available, they end up with this guy. After all, he’s connected to Big Guy and therefore the defendant’s going to get Big Guy’s experience at this lawyer’s rates (because this guy is going to talk to Big Guy and follow his advice). The they get to court and this guy is a civil attorney who dabbles in criminal law or a kid six months post Bar passage or they guy Big Guy keeps around out of loyalty because he gave Big Guy office space 20 years ago. Still, the defendant’s happy because he’s represented by someone out of Big Guy Law Offices (even if it’s not Mr. Big himself).
Feel free to nominate one of your own in the comments.
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