|Douglas Rankin -"I'm a trial, trial, trial, trial lawyer"|
For the Defense, a Master of Delay - NYTimes.com: by William Glaberson
The grand exhibition hall of dawdlers that is the Bronx courthouse features procrastinating prosecutors, sluggish jailers and unhurried judges. But the true masters of delay are the defense lawyers. For them, muddled memories and lost witnesses — the passage of time itself — are the ingredients for getting clients off.So there was barely a raised eyebrow among those waiting in a Bronx courtroom in June when one gum-chewing, pocket-hankie-wearing lawyer strolled in late for the start of a trial over a grisly stabbing in Co-op City, saying his return flight from a weekend getaway to Puerto Rico had been delayed.Cheerful, with his rolling lawyer’s bag in tow, he exclaimed without apology: “Exhausted!” Here, if a little late, was Douglas G. Rankin for the defense, the very personification of a justice system tied up in knots.And then there is St. Expeditus h/t John Steele
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