Why I Am Not a Criminal Defense Attorney, Part 2


Last time we visited TIWIANACDA (acronym in progress), Lamarcus Williamson punched his attorney Dan Hall in the mouth because, well, he didn’t like the plead deal that he agreed to. This time we have an alleged murdered, Jerome Power of Grand Rapids, Iowa.

Power, 50, is accused of strangling his neighbor in her home two years ago. During Prosecutor Jerry Vander Sanden’s closing argument Power became very agitated. Let’s see what happens when an agitated (alleged) murder becomes upset at his attorney during closing arguments: ahh . . . the classic water-on-the-head move. Power’s attorney, Steve Addington, looks like a puppy who got into the trash. Pure sadness. Probably tried for hours to convince his client to accept a plea deal. Now he has to be Atticus Finch and save his client from life without parole and the only thanks he gets is a baptism of Aquafina. At least Power didn’t say anything that could hurt his chances. Oh wait… he screamed, “It should have been a mistrial. You sold me out.” It also probably doesn’t help that the jury was still in the room and just about to walk into the deliberation room. Awkward city. Nothing like showing you are a level headed civilized member of society by showering your attorney because you are mad at him.

 Post image via KCRG Channel 9.

Douglas Stephan is a solo attorney and owner of the Law Office of Douglas A. Stephan. He received his JD in 2010 from Ohio Northern University and BA from Ohio University. His practice is located outside of Dayton, Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter @stephanlaw.

3 Comments

  1. Derek

    November 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I do criminal defence. My life, it is a rollercoaster. I never know what’s coming in the door next, or what insanity I will have to deal with. This is living life on the edge for those of us comfortable in sweater vests, 3 pieces and wing tips. Sure you may have a few bumps and thrills and the odd chill – but isn’t living on the edge and by the seat of your pants better than being a glorified proof-reader?

  2. Anne

    December 5, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    It’s actually CEDAR Rapids, Iowa… this is where I practice (I was in the courthouse about an hour before this). Fun times.

  3. Fred Smith

    January 22, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I saw something similar happen in Naples to a criminal defense lawyer. Man, they have it rough, but that just means that they must be tough enough to handle it all. Thanks for the post!

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