Quote of the Day - You go through a lot of these steps in any trial, criminal or civil, to build your record in case you get an adverse result.
MIPTC handles white-collar criminal cases, mostly for companies and executives charged with environmental crimes. But if you hire me, I'm going to be there throughout the entire case, including the trial if it ever comes to that. That's what you pay for, and that's what I do.
Apparently not all lawyers agree with that philosophy, including New York attorney Bruce Cutler, who's carpetbagging and representing Phil Spector in his ongoing criminal trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Attorney Cutler is the lead trial attorney for Mr. Spector, who's charged with murder.
Cutler, according to this Associated Press article, is off filming a new TV show, "Jury Duty" during the trial. It's not a violation of his ethical duties, and assuming he has his client's permission, he's otherwise complied with the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Did I mention that the lead attorney representing the defendant, who is charged with murder, is not in the courtroom during the trial?
Even so, according to Linda Deutsch's AP article, "Cutler vowed Monday to deliver the closing argument in the Spector trial even though he will not have been in court for much of the defense case. He said he has been watching the trial on TV and reading transcripts of testimony."
Watching it on TV? Reading transcripts? What's wrong with being in the courtroom?
Oh, I forgot. Mr. Cutler is the star of a new TV show. He told the AP, "I decided to do this because it's motivational and educational and it's fun," he said. "It's good to have fun sometimes."
It's also good to be in court representing your client during a murder trial. But that's just my opinion.