Arizona Lawyers Under Attack
Last week, a local Phoenix attorney, Mark Hummels, was shot and killed by disgruntled litigant Arthur Douglas Harmon after leaving a mediation. Just two days ago, a prosecutor in Texas, Mark Hasse, was killed leaving court. While most lawyers have no problem laughing at the profession, even repeating lawyer jokes, the idea that any targeting any profession for the simple fact of what they happen to do for a living is vile. See the story I did with Adam Longo of CBS 5 "Lawyers often targets of threats and violence":
As an outspoken advocate of gun control, Phoenix attorney Vladimir Gagic knows that plenty of people will not agree with his positions. He was not, however, expecting vulgar email threats after sharing his views on a local television station several months ago. One man wrote to Gagic:
(expletive deleted) YOU you piece of (expletive deleted) "Vladimir" - you are a dumb (expletive deleted) ... I can't believe you spout such (expletive deleted) in AZ...It must suck to have to look over your shoulder every day."
Gagic says he and his fellow colleagues in the legal profession deal with threats routinely. "It's very common. It is extremely common," said Gagic
"It's a sad commentary in our country for professionals who wear suits and ties and carry a briefcase. That's our weapon. Now, we might have to carry a Sig Sauer or a Glock in the other hand," said Gagic.