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Zealous Advocacy

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One of my least favorite expressions in the legal lexicon is "zealous advocacy."  A zealot is a fanatic who will stop at nothing to advance a cause.  That is not what most folks on the defense side really mean when they speak of zealous advocacy.

A few do, though.  A while back in California we had a paralegal in a capital defense agency who forged jurors' names on affidavits.

Today Mike Scarcella reports at BLT:

A federal judge today found a longtime criminal defense lawyer in Washington guilty for his lead role in a scheme to fabricate evidence, a win for prosecutors in a closely watched case that raised concern in the defense bar.
The lawyer, Charles Daum, claimed the client orchestrated the scheme himself.

Senior U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler, who presided over a month-long bench trial, didn't buy the argument. The plot, she said, was far too complex for the cooperators to have dreamed up and executed on their own. Kessler called the scheme "nefarious," saying the allegations struck at the heart of the criminal justice system.

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Congratulations to DC US Attorney's Office for not being bullied or intimidated into standing down from this case.

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