A majority of people do not realize how dangerous the legal profession is. As an aspiring attorney and legal blogger, I stay current on legal news and in effect I am more conscious of reports and situations in which attorneys and judges are threatened, injured or killed.
The following is a compilation of a few of the most recent tragedies involving the legal profession. This is only a small sample of the reported attacks and killings of attorneys and judges:
- On February 15, 2013 a boyfriend ambushed and gunned down his girlfriend after being ordered to pay child support. Fortunately in this case, the young mother survived.
- On February 12, 2013 two police officers were wounded and two women and the gunman were killed in a Delaware courtroom.
- On February 3, the 28-year-old daughter of an attorney was murdered by one of his former clients, an ex-Los Angeles police officer.
- On January 31, 2013 a Texas prosecutor was murdered execution-style while walking through a courthouse parking lot.
- On January 30, 2013 an Arizona attorney was murdered while “simply trying to do his job.”
- Then again on January 30 2013, an Oklahoma man facing assault charges attacked his lawyer, Larry Monard, in court. He punched, kicked and choked Monard.
- On January 22 2013, two attorneys, who should have known better, got into a fight in which attorney Scott Radman was severely beaten by fellow attorney, Sean Murphy, inside of a courthouse.
- December 13, 2012, the defendant in an attempted-murder trial sliced his lawyer’s face with a razor blade.
- June 27, 2014, Kentucky criminal defense attorney shot and killed outside of his office.
- October 2014, Murderer slashes attorneys neck in courthouse with a smuggled razor blade.
In result of the January 30, 2013 murder of Mark Hummels in Arizona, the State Bar of Arizona released a statement regarding the danger of being an attorney as well as the senseless murder that should have never taken place. Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the State Bar of Arizona, John F. Phelps, issued this statement in response to the death of Hummels:
“The death of our colleague, Mark Hummels, is heartbreaking on so many levels. The loss of any life is tragic. But in this case, Mark was killed as a result of simply trying to do his job. We all know that attorneys are Read more
It is Friday again (already) and that means it is time to address the best questions and comments the we have received from readers. You can ask us anything, just click on the “Ask us a Question” tab on our home page.
This week was a little slow, and we only received a few questions, some of which were questionable at best:
Q: Erik W. from Florida asked, “Is it true that if you don’t use it, you lose it?”
A: I was not quite sure what Erik meant. I interpreted his question in two ways;
(1) If you ask Lance Armstrong, he would probably tell you, yes, if you use, you will lose your titles, trophies and reputation… Up with hope! Down with dope(ing)! Or,
(2) This was statute of limitations question. The Statute of Limitations, according to LegalDictionary.com is, “A law which sets the maximum period which one can wait before filing a lawsuit, depending on the type of case or claim. The periods vary by state.” These statutes are in place to preserve the integrity of a case. Overtime witnesses can disappear or die, evidence can be lost or tainted and a witness can have a loss of memory or their memory can become foggy. All of these problems could have a drastic effect on the outcome of a legal proceeding.
Legendary Coach Schnellenberger Thinks Kentucky has Opportunity to be as Good as Alabama, Ohio State
In an interview featured on Courts & Sports, John and I spoke with legendary football coach, Howard Schnellenberger.
Coach Schnellenberger has an impressive resume which includes head coaching positions with Oklahoma, Louisville, Miami (where he won a national championship), and the Baltimore Colts. He was also on the coaching staff of the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins.
Oh, and remember that guy Joe Namath? Schnellenberger recruited him while working as an assistant coach under Bear Bryant. Needless to say, Coach Schnellenberger is one of the greatest football minds to ever live. Which is why you may find it interesting that Schnellenberger believes that the University of Kentucky football program has (almost) everything it needs to compete with powerhouses like Alabama, Notre Dame, and OSU.
The interview took place in November, in the height of the UK coaching search. John asked Schnellenberger, “If the University of Kentucky comes calling are you going to get back into coaching?” Schnellenberger replied, “No. I don’t think so but I’ll try to give them all of the help I can give them.” It certainly couldn’t hurt UK’s chances with a little help from Schnelleberger.
“There are as many assets there (Kentucky) as there are in Alabama or Notre Dame or Ohio State or anywhere.” Schnellenberger said. “And to Figure out what they are doing wrong. Become optimistic about who they are and what they can do…. And it wouldn’t be long before they could go back to the glory years of Kentucky when (Bear) Bryant was there… Bryant had it going at Kentucky in probably worse conditions than there are now. It can be done, it’s just a matter of people. Facilities don’t make the difference, climate doesn’t make the difference, conference doesn’t make the difference, people make the difference.”