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March 16, 2005

The World's Worst Lawyer?

Robert Blake is breathing two huge sighs of relief tonight. One for being found not guilty and the other for his incredible stroke of luck months before his own trial began. Yes, when Blake was shopping around for lawyers after firing his legal team a couple of times, Mark Geragos was busy!


i have a theory why Michael Jackson fired Geragos a few months back. Winona Ryder must have called to warn him. Lucky for MJ, he's got a much better lawyer now in Thomas Mesereau.

Exhibit 1 of the evidence that Geragos is the world's worst lawyer was introduced on Larry King Live tonight. King asked a juror whether it would have made a difference if Scott had testified. The juror said that if Scott had spoken during the penalty phase, he could never have voted for execution. It seems all the jury wanted was to see some sign of emotion from the defendant.

Instead, Geragos' brilliant strategy was to yuk it up with Scott in front of the jury during the trial. i guess the theory was that an innocent man doesn't show emotion. Not even if his wife and son have been brutally murdered, by a killer who is still out there.


But hey, i'm not complaining about the verdict or the fact that Geragos was so incompetent with this particular case. What bothers me is how much the media seemed to deify Geragos during the trial. Like he was another Johnny Cochran or something. When in fact, Geragos deserves to be ranked somewhere near Marcia Clark on the list of world's worst lawyers.

As a final thought, my opinion on the death penalty has moderated quite a bit since i wrote this post almost two years ago. But the offer still stands.

Posted by annika, Mar. 16, 2005 |
Rubric: Legal Mumbo Jumbo


I cannot agree more! Geragos is by far one of the worst lawyers around!!! Jackson was smart to fire him. As a lawyer I must say he is an embarassment to the profession!

Posted by: SKippy on Mar. 16, 2005

And HOW exactly did this phenom rise to prominance? Can anyone say, Susan McDougal? I never quite got G. He was always like the legal version of Enron.

Posted by: Casca on Mar. 16, 2005

Let's not leave out the guy who sunk the yacht,Rex deGeorge.

He's served 53 months of 7 1/12 years thanks to Mark Gargleguts insipid "defense".

Does this guy ever win one?

Maybe Petersen has a chance on appeal based on incompetence of counsel...

Posted by: shelly on Mar. 17, 2005

It seems to me that the Peterson case could have created some kind of reasonable doubt with the relative lack of physical evidence. Or am I mistaken?

Posted by: Roach on Mar. 17, 2005

My only concern is that Geragos' incompetence will be grounds for a new trial. These things get drawn out way too long as it is. Also, I heard he's in a 48 square foot cell (6'x8'), but has a TV and radio. What's up with that?

Posted by: CalBear on Mar. 17, 2005

I dunno Annie, I think you've got it all wrong. From my point of view this Geragos guy is doing excellent work. So good in fact, that there is a guy in Atlanta who murdered three people last weekend that I'd like to introduce him to.

Posted by: Pursuit on Mar. 17, 2005