June 15, 2006

Lawyer of the Year

You'd think it would be difficult to represent that guy in New Orleans who embezzled Katrina relief money to pay for a sex change operation. But then, you've never met lawyer Craig Washington. His defense of client Michael James Green, who stands accused of bilking the federal government out of $36,000 by stealing 18 different Social Security numbers, was to not even concede that Green has had a sex change:

Washington said his client will plead not guilty. He wouldn't comment on whether Green got a sex-change operation, but had an interesting description of Green.

"It's kind of hard to tell, when you really get down to it, men from women nowadays," he said.

"I've seen a lot of men that look like women. I've seen a lot of women that look like men. He's a nice-looking, very intelligent, very articulate human being."

That certainly puts Washington in contention for the Chutzpah Award.

Meanwhile, his client- according to the New York Post, once accused a Texas prison guard of forcing him to perform oral sex. The case fell apart when Green gave authorities a semen sample, which turned out to not be semen.

Posted by Stephen Silver at June 15, 2006 03:40 PM
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