Thursday, October 11, 2007
Later on, notice how the defendant (Steven Sutcliffe) goes through not one, not two, but six different attorneys -- before the trial court forces him to represent himself, anyway -- by purposefully insulting, attacking, and suing them during the representation. How'd you like to be one of those attorneys? Especially knowing the type of -- pretty much insane -- person you're representing? Not fun.
Sutcliffe gets less than four years in prison. And, scarily, is already out on the streets, on supervised release.
Funny line by the district court, which sentenced Sutcliffe to the top end of the guidelines range. Judge Matz tells Sutcliffe: "If there were a crime . . . that consisted of arrogance, I would depart upward to sentence you to a much longer sentence." Never something you want to hear your judge say at sentencing, I imagine.
Posted by Shaun Martin at 11:08 AM
Shaun Martin Professor of Law
- AB 1988, Dartmouth College
- JD 1991, Harvard University
Professor Shaun P. Martin served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a general editor of Harvard University?s Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. He clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced law with Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Oliver in Los Angeles before coming to USD in 1995. Martin teaches civil procedure and professional ethics. He writes in the areas of civil procedure, criminal law and professional responsibility.