Thursday, March 16, 2006

Who is Carla Martin and why is she in trouble?

Government lawyer Carla Martin has been placed on administrative leave.

Lawyer excoriated by both sides after Moussaoui trial blunder
From Phil HirschkornCNN

Thursday, March 16, 2006; Posted: 8:30 p.m. EST (01:30 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Who is Carla Jean Martin and how did she wind up in so much trouble?

Until Monday, Martin, 51, was a mid-career attorney working in relative obscurity at the Transportation Safety Administration.

Now she's a fixture in the news.

It began with the disclosure of conduct that threatens to derail the sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person to face a U.S. jury in connection with the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. More from CNN

I’m not saying whether or not I think she is guilty of anything, but lawyer that actually defend their clients put themselves at risk of being arrested, put in prison themselves, and losing everything they ever worked for in their lives. Bad lawyers can keep charging clients more and more money as they bumble and drag thing out as far as they can. Good doctors that heal their patients, and good lawyers can go broke, and worse.


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