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New Defense Tactic: YouTube the Crime

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I scarcely know what to make of this, but the ABA Journal reports that a criminal defense lawyer has been suspended from practice for five months for posting a video of his client committing the crime (buying drugs).

The lawyer "admitted hiring a company to post the video because, at the time, he believed it showed drugs being planted on his client."

Oh, OK.  There are those of us who think there's a pretty clear difference between drugs being "planted" on your client, and your client buying them, but whatever.  Only Puritanical prosecutors would insist on distinctions like that.

Still, as I say, I don't know what to make of the suspension.  On the one hand, I suppose it's "poor customer service," as the IRS would say, to make it obvious to the entire world that your client is guilty.  On the other, it's refreshing to see a defense lawyer publicize the truth, even if only by mistake.

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