On March 24, 1962 Emile Griffith beat Benny "Kid" Paret to death. The murder was not a
"who-done-it? " and the motive was clear: Griffith beat the Kid to death because the day earlier the Kid called Griffith "Maricon", a Spanish slur for a homosexual.
Griffith never served a day in jail. In fact, although he committed the murder on national television before millions of Americans, Griffith was never arrested. Griffith killed the Kid during a welterweight title bout at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Google the fight if you must and watch the 12th round on You-Tube if your dare. Griffith delivers at least twenty five unanswered blows to the Kid's head as he lay tangled and defenseless in the ropes and the referee just watches. Death was the price of calling someone a maricon in 1962.
The NY Times remembered the macabre anniversary in a must read piece here. That the Kid's widow lived a sad and lonely life in Miami just makes the tragedy a little more bittersweet.
We used to call boxing the sweet science. But over the years we have lost our love for the sport. The admiration of the skill of boxers has faded with the realization that the sport wrecks the participants lives. There's nothing sweet about pummeling a man to death.
Oh how the mighty have fallen. And yet you knew it was coming. When two hacks charge millions of dollars to defend a member of the Miccosukee tribe in a car accident case, and then lie under oath in court about who paid their fee, you just knew it was a matter of time before the client put the final nail in the coffin.
The Herald reports here that the tribe has filed a legal malpractice lawsuit against former US Attorney Guy Lewis and former federal prosecutor Michael Tein.
A few million dollars is the price of your former good name as a US Attorney and federal prosecutor. Lewis and Tein have set the rates.
See You In Court.
UPDATE: Judge Dresnick denied the motion to disqualify as being legally insufficient. We think that might be a bad strategic move as the case law is clear what the motion has to say and that the judge's role is to just make sure the "i"'s are dotted and the "t"'s crossed. A better move might have been to deny it as untimely which it surely was.
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