Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Generosity goes both ways, judge says

Circuit Judge Mary Chrzanowski is known as "Scary Mary" for many criminal defendants and even some attorneys.
But she can be clever scary.
Last week she pointedly teased criminal defense attorney, E. Philip Adamaszek, who at his client's sentencing asked the judge to waive court courts because his client was a senior citizen living on a fixed income. She had pleaded guilty.
"Since you're being so generous with the court's money, do you want to waive your attorney fees?" Chrzanowski rhetorically asked Adamaszek.
Adamaszek, who was court-appointed, requested "extraordinary fees," more than $1,000.
"You were quick to waive the court costs and fines. Maybe you can be quick to waive your attorney fees," she said.
He declined the suggestion.
"I didn't think so," she said.


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