July 30, 2005

Sentencing: Tony Serra and others

Here is an interesting post from inside the courtroom with Tony Serra. Great guy, avoidable crime: he was sentenced yesterday to 10 months in Lompoc for his troubles with the IRS. It's written by someone who's been a friend of his for 50 years, though the double-entendre in the post's title - the 'Passion' of Tony Serra - is just a tiny bit rich under the circumstances.

Was it Toma or Baretta who said, "don't do the crime if you can't do the time"? Or was the quote, "render unto Caesar..."? As I remember it, it probably wasn't the client on Thursday who pleaded with the judge, "I can't go to prison" as he was trying to fire me for forcing him to take the plea bargain. Was it that client, with the five priors, or was it the one who called me a "public pretender" in open court? (Or maybe that client was one of yours).