I also remember a similar ‘non-fight’ shoving match between lawyers in front of a Nevada courhouse not long ago.
And so, thanks to a news report I read today, I thought of fighting lawyers yet again. And no, it wasn’t because of the world’s most overused legal advertising slogan, “I will fight for you” but it was because of the conclusion of 56 year old New York solo practitioner, Ning Ye’s legal problems in a D.C. court.
After a lot of back and forth, Ye was fined $500 for misdemeanor disorderly conduct by Judge Richard Leon for skirmishing with a couple of U.S. Marshals in the federal courthouse vestibule. Ye was being escorted out of the courtroom when he supposedly resisted the two marshals in the foyer. Ye says he was bending over to pick up his eyeglasses when the he was pummelled and pushed by the marshals.
Ye praised the judge’s “judicial wisdom” for denying the prosecution’s request that he serve a year’s probation and be ordered to take anger management class.
Then in Knoxville, Tennessee, defense lawyer Chris Cawood didn’t need his fists, only his briefcase to get himself into trouble and eventually into a jail cell when he mixed it up in the courthouse with law enforcement officers. See Knoxville News Sentinel.
“Hugging my favorite Republican.”
Finally, in Woburn, Mass. in November 2008, defense lawyer Robert LeBlanc gave lawyer Pamela Sala-Rogers a courthouse hallway bear hug that she found unwelcome. According to the police report, Sala-Rogers told police that LeBlanc “wrapped his arms around her midsection just below her breast and pulled her tightly to him pressing his pelvis against her backside.”
On September 16, 2009, almost a year after the incident, the 64 year old LeBlacn pled not guilty at his arraignment. Judge Laurence Pierce ordered him to stay away from 39 year old Sala-Rogers. LeBlanc’s lawyer characterized the incident as “a three second hug” and that his client said to Sala-Rogers, “My favorite Republican.” (Maybe, she’s a Democrat?)
Clients and their lawyers aren’t the only ones who find reasons to be quarrelsome in court. In deference to those who find themselves tribunally truculent, I’d be remiss if I did not give equal time to aggressive adjudicators.
In Dallas, Texas this past May, the pugnacious were judicial activists of a different sort. There’s an old joke, “I went to a hockey game and a fight broke out.” Well, the twist here would be “I went to the courthouse, and a judicial shoving match broke out.” According to media reports, the Honorable Carlos Cortez and the Honorable Eric Moye went after each other in chambers.