Wednesday, May 21, 2008

the best defense is a good offense??

Let's say you are on trial for assault. Unfortunately, the trial doesn't seem to be going your way... and it looks like the jury is going to convict you. (The fact that you are guilty doesn't matter at this point.)

What would seem to be your best choice?

a. sit in court and try to look innocent.
b. ask your lawyer to plea bargain
c. beat up your lawyer in court

This week, William E. Lehman chose the third option in a Minnesota court.

It seems that Mr. Lehman was on trial for assault. He believed that his court-appointed defender, Mark Groettum, was doing a less-than-satisfactory job, so, he requested that the judge give him a new lawyer.

The judge refused because he could find no reason to do so.

That is when Mr. Lehman put a little crimp in his own case. He grabbed his lawyer and got him in a headlock. Then, he proceeded to punch him repeatedly in the face. All this took place in front of the judge and jury.

After that, it didn't take much to convince the jury that Mr. Lehman was quite capable of assaulting someone. He is now serving 14 years in prison with an extra 6 months added for contempt of court.

After I posted the above story, I came across this video. It is a different case with a similar theme.

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