Monday, June 9, 2008

Taking Your Medicine

Sometimes we need to take what is coming around. Since I'm a believer in the Biblical adage about "reaping" what we "sow," I'm surprised Austin, Texas criminal defense lawyer, Adam Reposa, is not just taking his medicine after being found in contempt of court for making a lewd gesture in court while discussing a plea bargain with prosecutors and a county court at law judge.

Last April the Austin American-Statesman reported here about the civil contempt hearing in which Reposa was alleged to have made a gesture simulating masturbation while in open court. He was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail, as a result. The ABA Journal reported today that Reposa was appealing his sentence to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Ninety days in county seems fair to me for something as stupid as this. Heck, even Reposa was reported to have believed the sentence was fair while he was escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs at the conclusion of the contempt hearing. This guy ought to take his medicine and stop wasting the court's time.

Why so hard on my fellow defense lawyer this early Monday morning? Guys like Reposa give hardworking, ethical, and committed defense lawyers a bad name. There's a price to pay for utter stupidity and what's coming around for Reposa seems earned to me.

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