This past week, the law firm representing the Englishes, the biker couple that was recently released, posted on their business Facebook page that detainees were being released if they signed a waiver promising not to file suit in the future. Attorney Paul Looney blamed the McLennan County Officials initially, including the District Attorney’s Office.
I made reference to the waiver in a prior post. This is not to be confused with my theory in another post that future lawsuits may plague the Waco State Attorney’s Office and the Waco Police Department. Of course, attorneys and judges discounted such statements.
Even on Looney’s Facebook business page, attorneys chimed in and called such behavior “unprofessional.” Looney then issued another press release stating that the judges were “quite helpful” in providing the bond reduction and then turned around and blamed Brittany Lannen, an attorney representing some of the bikers.
Lannen claims she knew nothing of this until she saw the press release. However, Susan Criss, an attorney representing several of the bikers, states she was informed about it by a McLennan County Official who claims to have received texts from Lannen about the idea. Both Looney and Criss have stated they will be filing a bar complaint against Lannen for her behavior.
Obviously, someone is lying. Such behavior by attorney(s) not only lacks professionalism, but is unethical, and should result in repercussions, including but not limited to disbarment.
I have said many times before whether in a comment or a blog, “it doesn’t end here;” meaning, actions cause reactions. By creating a rumor, this causes other events to take motion. For example, emails may have been sent, phone calls may have been made, meetings may have been scheduled or even canceled, all to handle a rumor. One cannot look for instant gratification no matter how tempting that may be.
For others to have to stop what they are doing to handle a rumor, takes time away from focusing on the case. Time is everyone’s most precious commodity. You can’t buy even if you have a king’s ransom and you can’t make more of it, even though we all wish we could.
Whomever started this rumor and now lie, probably thought they were doing their client’s a favor, but in reality, it is a disservice. If the Texas Bar ultimately figures out this “he said/she said” scenario, that attorney should be disbarred. Time is money and the time of many was wasted with these rumors.
Attorneys sometimes ignore simple logic. We have all engaged in gossip at some point and spoken poorly about another person. Attorneys talk about other attorneys all the time, including judges. Guess what, judges are human and you know what they do; they talk about attorneys.
They talk about attorneys that are not prepared for hearings or are unprofessional or make ridiculous arguments before the court. To risk your reputation is idiotic and stupid and there is no room for lack of professionalism and/or integrity in the practice of law, especially in this case.
As difficult as it may be, an attorney has to do what is best for his client, not what is best for him or her. If an attorney goes to trial, they charge more money, but, if the case should not go to trial for whatever reason, then settling the case becomes the top priority even if it means less money in the attorney’s pocket.
It’s simple- you put your client’s interest before your own- always!
This case has enough issues and negativity surrounding it. No one needs the attorney(s) creating fake litigation just to bring more attention to themselves. What is this, a remake of Judd Nelson’s From the Hip?
What this case needs is truth and justice, and that could only be accomplished by everyone playing the role they are assigned. Time and energy has to be spent wisely and the shenanigans should be left to the script writers of Hollywood.
I hope this serves as a lesson for all future attorneys and even if you have no desire to practice law, there is still the simple lesson to be learned that lying has its consequences.