Paul L. Caron

Thursday, August 31, 2006

LUI -- Litigating Under the Influence

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

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