Trial Lawyers-The Good, The Bad, and the Absurd!
I started my legal career as a public defender and I still work as a criminal defense lawyer in the Portland metropolitan area. I have represented clients charged with drug crimes, felonies, and various misdemeanors. Whatever the crime my client is charged with may be, my job as a defense lawyer stays the same. I have always felt that making a compelling argument in court and defending my clients to the best of my abilities is the most important part of being a Portland defense attorney. As a Portland criminal defense attorney it is my job to tenaciously represent my clients inside and outside of the courtroom. However, I have never gone so far as to electrically shock an opposing party’s expert witness.
Directing a cross-examination witness to electrically shock him or herself is not a winning court-room strategy. Although this sounds like a no-brainer, a lawyer from Los Angeles, California did just that. There is a saying that fact is stranger than fiction and this story certainly proves the veracity of that phrase. You can read about this shocking lawyer’s conduct here. The attorney in question gave an expert witness a shock pen and instructed him to press it, hoping that the witness would be forced to admit that the electrical charge from a AAA battery can be quite significant. The judge ruled that this constituted witness battery and the lawyer was fined for his conduct.