Bar News - October 6, 2006
Notes from a Messy Desk
By: Dan Wise
Want These Guys for Clients?
Late last month, a California man was convicted of theft charges for stealing computers from the courthouse where he was on trial for other theft charges.
In an interview last month—after pleading guilty to numerous theft charges— the defendant said he stole the computers “for personal reasons.”
“I needed help, and I didn’t know how to ask for help,” he said. “And I guess, in my crazy way, that was my way of asking for help. Help with my drug problems, help with my sanity.”
If you liked that client, how about this one? In Berlin, Germany, a 61-year-old man on trial for theft got himself into more trouble when he stole from the judge during his court hearing, police said. Police said that while facing the judge at the bench, the man pocketed a bunch of the judge’s keys, who did not notice the keys were missing until the defendant had left the room. When caught, the suspect told police he was “shocked” to discover the keys in his pocket.
Remember Souter & Baseball?
In our last issue, we mentioned the quirky feature on the educational Web site – www.oyez.org. We left readers (too lazy to go to the Web site themselves) with the unanswered question of “Who is the baseball player most like David Souter?” The choices were:
• Lou Whitaker
• Bret Boone
• Fred McGriff
• Jim Abbott
The answer, according to Oyez, at least, is recently retired second baseman Bret Boone, who played in the majors from 1992 to 2005, and was a 2001 All-Star.
Here’s why (written before Boone retired): “Boone and Souter had relatively little impact early in their careers, but have become key players on their respective squads. Both play important roles up the middle—Souter as one of the Court’s key moderates, and Boone as a solid second baseman who has developed some swat in his bat….
Want to Play More?
Here are some other choices for Supreme Court justices, past and present and the baseball figures they most resemble (visit oyez.org yourself to find the reasons.):
William Brennan Ozzie Smith
Antonin Scalia Pedro Martinez
William Rehnquist Branch Rickey
“Super” or “Best” Lawyer Ads Faulted
The New Jersey Supreme Court’s Committee on Attorney Advertising has opined that advertising touting “best” or “super lawyers” misleads consumers. The committee even said that participating in surveys to develop such lists is “inappropriate.”
The Committee said “Super Lawyers” or “Best Lawyers in America” ads are different from directories such as Martindale-Hubbell which feature ratings and paid listings but are primarily directed at other attorneys. Opinion is at http://law-library.rutgers.edu/ilg/njlaw.php.