Thursday, August 31, 2006
Gripping video on YouTube: A Nevada trial judge notices that a criminal defense lawyer representing a defendant facing life imprisonment on a kidnapping charge is slurring his words and orders him to take a breathalyzer test. The lawyer blows a .075 and the judge declares a mistrial:
Part I of the video is here. (Hat Tip: Dave Hoffman.) Dan Filler outlines the criminal charges facing the lawyer here.
Update: David Lat has more on the case here on his new Above the Law blog. For press coverage, see the Las Vegas Review-Journal: Kidnapping Case: Alcohol Test on Lawyer Stirs Mistrial; Breathalyzer Used in Court