If the Court doesn't hold Lindsay Lohan in contempt the message to anyone angry with the court system is clear: The Court isn't to be taken seriously and lawyers are fair game. If that be the case good luck finding a lawyer to represent those clients who pose a danger to lawyers involved in the proceedings. Lawyers seen as the antagonists are the most unprotected of all court personnel. Violence against lawyers seems to be escalating. If violence against lawyers remains unaddressed the Court isn't too far from a time when lawyers will refuse to become involved in controversies that pose physical danger to these officers of the court. Right here in Iowa on July 9, 2010 we have a lawyer being assaulted while standing in a Dubuque County court room. It's not the first and certainly won't be the last. Several years ago a lawyer in Polk County was assaulted by his client while standing before the Court.
In Dubuque, Iowa the prosecutor Ralph Potter won his case and as the defendant was being led from the courtroom in handcuffs he struck Potter on the top of the head with both hands, likely cutting him with the handcuffs. The defendant had just been convicted by a jury of second degree murder. Where were the deputies and why weren't they isolating this man who was just convicted of second degree murder and assault causing serious injury? After a two week trial over a knife fight everyone in the courtroom was on notice of his violent tendencies. Did the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office need a script on how this one might play out?
This is becoming more and more common for lawyers to be attacked for what amounts to doing their job. Perhaps it's the manner in which they do their job or the emotional stability, or lack thereof, of the people involved. Whatever is the cause, a clear message needs to be sent by the Courts.
Prosecutor in Dubuque assaulted, sent to hospital, July 9, 2010
This isn't an insolated incident and in this instance I have to wonder how the defendant got close enough to strike an unarmed court officer. We see this being played out in California with little Miss Lohan. The disrespect for court proceedings has been played out recently with Lindsay Lohan, who is now attempting to explain her way out of the fingernail message caper. If the court doesn't charge her with contempt of court it will send a clear message to others that in court anything goes and the Courts can care less.
A message on Twitter signed by "lindsaylohan" explains that the nails had nothing to do with the court but was a joke with her friends. The Twitter message is below. On her middle fingers was an airbrush message or design, and as published by foxnews.com was this statement: "... appeared in court with the words "f**k u" printed on her middle fingernail."
For a second let's assume the truth of the statements attributed to Lindsay Lohan through the Twitter account. Even if true why would you appear in a courtroom before a judge who is there to consider sentencing you for a probation revocation hearing with any message on your nails that might offend the court? Why not cover it up with a Band-Aid or better yet, remove it or simply cover it up with more fingernail polish? I have to tell you Lindsay if you were my client I'd withdraw and I don't care how much money you're paying me as your lawyer. You've painted the judge right into a corner and my guess is the Judge will have no choice but to haul your enlarging fat a_s before the bench for a hearing on why you shouldn't be held in contempt. That's going to mean more embarrassing testimony, additional bad publicity and probably more jail time.
You may wonder why the Court would even consider having a hearing to hold you in contempt. Just read the news reports about lawyers being assaulted. The clients who are frustrated with the court system or the results, and deem themselves being unfairly treated take it out on the lawyers. The Judges are protected behind security cameras, have armed deputies at their disposal and metal detectors for screening courthouse visitors provide no protection for the lawyers who have none of the above and have become the target. Take the Minnesota attorney, Terri Melcher who was stabbed a dozen times by the ex-husband of one of her clients. He found her alone in her office and then proceeded to stab her multiple times. She received stab wounds to her face, throat and head. Face the facts the lawyers don't write the decisions or the laws that form the basis of the decisions. We are implements of the court system doing a job that no one is getting rich from while doing this work. If you think all lawyers are getting rich guess again. They aren't and especially not from the legal work involved with public defending or divorce work.
And in the same story about Melcher is another grizzly story about a 2003 murder that took place right in the Minnesota court women's restroom by a disgruntled woman over an inheritance dispute. And speaking of inheritance disputes, who can forget the Florida attorney attacked outside the courthouse and shot multiple times. I don't agree that the description on this video is accurate, but this footage is raw and one of the better one's I've viewed on YouTube.
So what will be the Lindsay Lohan court's message?
Lawyer stabbed to death at Indian court: reports, July 8, 2010