The Law Library of Congress comes through again!
One of the great early American examples of a lawyer ensuring that unpopular defendants got a fair trial, even defendants with whom the lawyer may have disagreed took place in Boston in 1770. The lawyer was John Adams and the defendants were the British soldiers who were accused of murder from their involvement in the Boston Massacre of March 5, 1770.
The Law Library of Congress has posted copies of three published accounts of the records and transcripts of the trial, a history of the Massacre and trial, and a character sketch of Adams that includes his Speech on the Boston Massacre.
Great reading on one of the great ethical responses of the revolutionary bar!!
Lawyer and Client Sanctioned $29K for Conduct During a Deposition
U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno of Philadelphia has tallied the
number of times Aaron Wider, the CEO of HTFC, dropped the F-word or a
variant of it in a deposition — it was 73 times — and calculated the
more than $29,000 sanction he and his lawyer Joseph R. Ziccardi should
pay. In his 44-page opinion in GMAC Bank v. HTFC Corp., U.S.
District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno found that Ziccardi was also to blame
for his client's hostile conduct because he failed to stop his client's
tirades and persuade him to answer questions.
(via The Legal Intelligencer)