We are appalled that a colleague would involve himself in a fraud on the court. Public respect for the integrity of the criminal justice system cannot survive if any of its practitioners, prosecutors or defenders, engages in conduct of this sort. It is a stain on the legal profession. As members of an honorable calling, criminal defense, we unequivocally condemn it.
[Some] lawyers read the indictment as a warning to aggressive defense lawyers. Betty M. Ballester, head of the Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association, said defense lawyers worry that prosecutors are "targeting high-profile attorneys and investigators."
But lawyers seem most troubled that unsatisfied clients might make charges against them in exchange for the government's favor. Gladys Weatherspoon...thinks White and Robertson [Daum's drug dealing clients] framed Daum for that reason. "Every defense attorney is one client away from being Mr. Daum," she said.
And there you have it. The problem here is not that a defense lawyer was engaged in breathtaking dishonesty. The problem is that thuggish prosecutors are "targeting" -- obviously in order to intimidate -- blameless, but "high-profile," defense lawyers. Either that or that defense lawyers are being set up by their clients to have something to offer those same rapacious prosecutors.
No wonder Daum refused to speak a word of regret at sentencing. Why should he? His defense colleagues see nothing he should regret. The only thing the public should be worried about are the prosecutors -- the ones who decline to be bullied into giving a free pass to this sort of behavior.