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October 24, 2014

In the Line of Fire: How Dangerous is the Legal Profession, Update

by Sam Ranard

Today, in an Oklahoma courthouse, a murderer attempted to kill his attorney with a razor blade he had smuggled into the courthouse. The razor reportedly came from a “safety razor” that inmates are allowed to have in prison to shave with.

While waiting for his sentencing in a courthouse conference room, Kevin Sweat, 28, had his handcuffs removed and positioned himself behind his attorney. Sweat then pulled out the smuggled razor blade and slashed his attorney’s throat. Fortunately, the unnamed attorney did survive, although he did lose a considerable amount of blood, as reported by Emory Bryan in a News On 6 video.

Sadly, attacks on attorneys and judges are not uncommon. While I have failed to keep up with all major attacks on attorneys and judges over the past few years, you can find a list of some of the major ones here: In the Line of Fire: How Dangerous is the Legal Profession

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