Lawyers and the Media
March 5, 2013
A news item today describes Casey Anthony’s bankruptcy hearing yesterday.
According to the article, she was accompanied to the hearing by six – count ’em, six – lawyers. Remember, this is to a bankruptcy hearing! Then, the article notes that:
Anthony owes one of her lawyers nearly $500,000, along with $220,000 in court-ordered trial costs, investigative expenses and criminal fines plus $69,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.
I have no clue why it takes six lawyers to represent anyone in this world, or why six lawyers would want to represent her when she owes one lawyer a half a million dollars.
Wait a second – yes, I do have a clue about the second question. The lure of the media is too great to resist.
The image, however, of a woman accused of killing her daughter (although she was acquitted) being accompanied to bankruptcy court by a half dozen lawyers does not look good for anyone. It’s difficult to ascertain the benefit to Ms. Anthony. And it sure does not look good for the legal system where a hearing becomes a circus.