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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
WFAA-TV in Dallas has reported that a Kaufman County assistant district attorney was fatally shot in the courthouse parking lot Thursday by two masked men. The two suspects have not been arrested or identified. According to WFAA, the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman said the suspects ambushed the victim and shot him multiple times on his way in to court, WFAA reported. Read More…