Was there ever a better name for a trial lawyer than "Kayo"? Because many times that's what he did to his opponent's case at trial.
The stories about Kayo are legendary, and a few must be told here, starting with the infamous Monkey.
Kayo had a pet monkey, that's just the type of guy he was. And as the Monkey got older, he developed some medical conditions, like we all do as we age. Kayo was set for trial in the Keys, his Monkey was ill and needed constant medical attention, so he filed a motion to continue, which the judge denied. So Kayo, being Kayo, showed up to try the case, with the Monkey as co-counsel!
|Kayo's Monkey Smooch, during a break in the proceedings. Really.|
The judge was not amused, and held Kayo in contempt. So guess what Kayo did? From the Sun Sentinel Article:
Morgan propped the monkey on his shoulder while questioning a witness at the contempt hearing.
That alone gets Kayo immediate entry to the trial lawyer hall of fame.
We did an entire post on Kayo and the Monkey, here.
But don't think that Kayo was a fool or a buffoon. Nothing could be further from the truth. He was a hell-of-a trial lawyer who took on the most difficult cases, and won more than his share of them.
We first came across Kayo when we were in Judge Sepe's courtroom waiting to call a case, and this somewhat scruffy, unshaven man in jeans, cowboy boots, and a string-bolo tie, approached the podium, announced his appearance, and called a case for trial.
As Sepe was inquiring whether he was an attorney, Kayo reached into his file and pulled out a crumpled piece of paper that was either an appellate opinion, a bar opinion, or an AG opinion, stating that he could not be required to wear a suit and tie while trying a case. Sepe was momentarily flummoxed, and then allowed the case to go forward. The next day we were present for the verdict: not guilty.
Kayo Morgan was sui generis. He was one of a kind. Rest in peace.