A Programming Note

Every lawyer has disappointed clients, and none are so disappointed as those from whose case a lawyer withdraws. Most often these motions to withdraw take place in confidence, with sealed records, to protect the client's secrets.

I've a stalker or two here who insists on leaving snide comments. They use pseudonyms but the idiosyncratic sound of their need is evident to me. I am not going to post the comments.

Why, William Dorriss asks? What about their First Amendment rights? No one is abridging those rights. People are free to speak or not. But I am not a government agency and I control the editorial content here. I don't feel such a slave to principle as to tolerate anonymous slander from folks who won't leave a real name.

Neither will I be baited into breaching the attorney-client privilege. Lawyers are permitted to withdraw from a case with the court's permission for all sorts of reasons. Some of those reasons would be devastating to a client's well being if told to the world at large. But I have said it before and I will say it again: lawyers are ill-equipped to deal with the psychiatric ills they see in a practice. This is especially evidence in those borderline and paranoid souls who think that the world revolves around their hurt.

Sticks and stones won't break my bones, but I see no need to take pot shots from cranks who know damn well that their secrets are ones I must keep.

About Norm Pattis

Norm Pattis is a Connecticut based trial lawyer focused on high stakes criminal cases and civil right violations. He is a veteran of more than 100 jury trials, many resulting in acquittals for people charged with serious crimes, multi-million dollar civil rights and discrimination verdicts, and scores of cases favorably settled.

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I believe that the state is a necessary fiction and that failing to combat it is the first step toward tyranny.
– Norm Pattis


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