Making the Wrong Hand Gesture Can Land You In Jail
Austin, Texas–Attorneys are constantly getting a bad rap in society. I should know, I am one. Funny thing is–nearly all of my friends are not attorneys. That is because, simply, I typically don’t like them. No offense to my colleagues, but I rarely enjoy the company of a group of barristers. We are ego-maniacs, pretentious, rude, self-absorbed, and not fun to hang out with. Sure, there are plenty of us who are not like that but as a group, some of our stereotypes are well deserved. Then something like this happens to really confirm our arrogance:
Adam Reposa-on the left , an Austin Lawyer was sentenced to 90 days in jail on a contempt of Court charge. The reason? He simulated a lewd gesture in front of a judge. No, not the one-finger salute (although that is also illegal in Texas–truly) but he, in response to what a prosecutor was saying, moved his hand up in down while positioning it in a way that looked like he was holding a, er, um, a thick pencil.
But this should’nt surprise anyone. Apparently Reposa has a history of being an idiot. Check out a blog story about him from March. Yes he has an ad where he calls himself the DWI STUD. Now that is funny. Here it is:
Can you read what it says? Here, I’ll help (this picture has been edited in my continued efforts to make this blog PG at worst):
“Check out Austin’s hottest DWI TAPES from cases where people were found NOT GUILTY. There are lots of DWI LAWYERS in town, but how many TAPES do they have? Who can put it down in the courtroom, and make them take it like he wants? BULLETPROOF, THE DWI STUD That’s who…You’d be a fool not to check out this man’s body of work. Watch him perform and then, you decide who you want.” (reprinted from the blog mentioned above)
Wow! Seriously disturbing. Well, he may be the DWI Stud, but he is not the Contempt of Court Stud–a visiting Judge sentenced him to 90 days in jail for his lewd gesture. Ahhh, sweet justice. I guess BULLETPROOF won’t be marketing his tape of this proceeding. And of course, our image isn’t helped by shirts like this one:
Is it fair to judge my profession by buffoons like this? I mean there are a lot of very respectable men and women in my profession. For example:
BILL CLINTON: Well actually he doesn’t count because he has since been disbarred for lying under oath. Sorry, how about:
JONNIE COCHRAN: Well, hard to argue that he was good–after all he was able to get an obvious murderer off. And then there is:
STAR JONES: Yes, Star Jones, the once large, now fit Star has a law degree. Who knew? Her commentary on The View was so non-revealing of this fact. (Oh, how could I know that? I’ve never watched the show–really I haven’t, I mean it)
SPIRO AGNEW: Yes the once VP to President Nixon (also a lawyer–also disbarred) was disbarred for bribery and tax evasion–now that is the funniest part–tax evasion–on someone who is part of the Federal government.
Well, maybe this list is not a good look at the profession either (except for Star of course) but some of us are idealists. Some of us do represent individuals because we like helping people and companies because we like making sure that the company doesn’t go bankrupt and all of its employees become unemployed. Some of us take on cases now and then because we simply want to do what is right.
All in all many of us are honest, hard working professionals. Why just last year a client came in my office who has been caught embezzling millions from his employer. He asked me for advice and told me that he didn’t want to go to jail. I told him “Don’t worry, you will never go to jail with all that money. Sure enough, after a lengthy trial, he was sent to prison and by then he didn’t have a dime left.
UPDATE: Here is the link to the Austin news story on the sentencing and his hillarious post-sentencing interview. There is a great close-up of him being handcuffed. I guess he “took it like they wanted.”
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