Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Mouthpiece Hall of Infamy: Robert Simels
Last week Simels was sentenced to 14 years in the federal penitentiary for crossing the line during the representation of a Guyanese drug dealer. Caught on tape talking to an undercover federal agent, Simels passed along messages from his client Shaheed Khan ordering the man, Simels thought was an associate of Shaheen to "eliminate or neutralize" witnesses.
I found the words of Judge John Gleeson as reported in the New Your Times particulalry chilling, "Judge Gleeson spoke at length before imposing his sentence, crediting Mr. Simels for his contrite words and acknowledging the torrent of letters filed by supporters on his behalf: “You are — were — a very good lawyer.” He added addressing a statement of contrition by Simels: “You still haven’t quite held yourself accountable for your criminal acts. But you’re not required to. I will.”