In a previous post, we discussed how dangerous the legal profession can be. In the post, In the Line of Fire: How Dangerous is the Legal Profession, we broke down recent events in which attorneys were faced with danger, injured or killed in result of their legal careers.
Tuesday morning, tragic news struck the legal community. A Texas prosecutor, district attorney Mike McLelland, and his wife, Cynthia McLelland (both pictured on left) were murdered in their homes Tuesday morning. This comes only a few months after McLelland made a public statement in which he vowed to hunt down the person who murdered his former boss, assistant DA Mark Hasse. While investigators have kept quiet on who the suspects could be, there are a few unverified reports that the Arian Brotherhood, a white supremacy group, is behind the slayings. Other reports are guessing that the Mexican drug cartel is behind the murders. The office that McLelland worked for prosecuted criminals with ties to the Arian Brotherhood as well as the Mexican drug cartel. McLelland said in a previous interview that racist gangs could be working with the Mexican cartel. McLelland said he could not comment on whether, “low-level Mexican cartels have had involvement with the Aryan Brotherhood in Texas regarding methamphetamine trafficking,” or if it was “possible the Aryan Brotherhood is either acting as hitmen or paying prosecutors back.” However, recent reports are denying any involvement by the Arian Brotherhood.
Additionally, the DA office that McLelland worked at has publicly advised prosecutors to begin carry handguns “within the letter of the law.”
Whatever the case may be, this is a tragic story. Whether it was a racist gang or the Mexican drug cartel, two innocent people are dead. A man who was fighting for the safety or his community, and our country’s borders, and his wife, are now gone. Please keep the McLelland family in your thoughts as this investigation unfolds.
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