Most lawyers I've met personally have been pretty decent sorts. Family guys, football fans, hard working, even generous with their time.
But sometimes the headline-grabbers mix it up in public. To wit, State Attorney General Mike Cox has threatened to prosecute (not sue, really) the notorious Geoffrey Fieger because Mr. Fieger is alleged to have created a "Citizens for Judicial Reform and that a Herb Charbonneau was the treasurer" when actually there was only one citizen involved, Mr. Fieger, and that Mr. Charbonneau may not have actually existed.
Mr. Fieger has now hired yet another attorney to represent him, Mr. Richard L. Steinberg, who stated:
Only last month, the Delaware Supreme Court held that the First Amendment protected the anonymity of a blogger who launched a vitriolic, even defamatory, attack on the integrity and sanity of a small-town public official.
So, if Geoff Fieger decided to reach into his own pocket and spend his own money to make his own views known to Michigan's voting public, so what? It's his money. So what, if there is not, and never was, a Citizens for Judicial Reform or a Herb Charbonneau. Where's the crime?
Well, maybe no crime was committed there.
Curiously, however, Mr. Cox has also accused Mr. Fieger of threatening to blackmail him concerning some sexual affairs Mr. Cox had. I say "curiously" because if there really has been no crime, why bother to blackmail the prosecutor? On the other hand, Mr. Fieger has stated his intentions to run for Attorney General, so perhaps there was some interest in derailing that by showing some related nastiness on Mr. Fieger's part. On the third hand, Oakland County Prosecutor, David Gorcyca, said he didn't really have a case against Mr. Fieger. On the fourth hand, Mr. Fieger has been known to get pretty creative with the law.
The Detroit Free Press gives a pretty good accounting of the intrigue, if you are interested. For me, this is a case of Mr. Windbag vs. Mr. Bluster... leaving most of us wondering what the real meaning of "justice" is... and who is pursuing it.