Sat, 15 Aug 2009 05:18:40
No this isn’t about the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock man but about one of the least mellow dudes I’ve ever encountered: Michael Fawer Esquire. Fawer is representing Mose Jefferson in his typical fashion: like a dyspeptic pitbull with a high IQ. I’ve seen Fawer in action and he’s one of the best cross-examiners in the business. A jury will never fall in love with him but they’ll respect the hell out of him and that can be enough to win a close case.
Will Fawer’s skill get Mose Jeff off? I don’t know but his assault on the credibility of convicted felon and corrupt hack Ellenese Brooks-Simms sounds like a masterpiece to me. LINK. The bit about why anyone would bribe a defeated school board member was terrific. Additionally Ms. Brooks-Simms is as lovable as a barracuda with distemper. (I don’t know if fish get distemper but I love both the word and the image.) She’s a crooked machine pol who stole from school children whilst loudly proclaiming herself to be a reformer. Sound familiar? She’s a classic Gret Stet scoundrel y’all.
The weaker part of Fawer’s effort is his claim that Mose gave the barracuda money out of the goodness of his heart even though he’s “not a wealthy man.” I might believe that if we were talking the sort of chump change that that chump Oliver the Actor pocketed: $10 $15 or even $20K. But the feds are alleging that Mose slipped Ms. Brooks-Simms $140K which would buy even a chump a lot of chum old chum. Holy crap I seem to be channeling that international zenzation Fraulein Zally Bowles:
I’m really sorry that I shan’t be able to attend the Mose Jeff trial. It would have been sublime to see Fawer the shark match up with Ellenese the barracuda. Fawer has already announced that Mose will take the stand and it will be interesting to see how that goes. Mose Jeff has the reputation of being a plainspoken man of simple tastes so it *could* help his cause BUT as previously noted I am not a fan of putting defendants in the witness box. But if his lawyer has the Fawer Power working it could pay off. Mose Jeff also has the advantage of being tried in Federal Court at Camp Street: NOLA juries are very diiferent from the one that convicted Dollar Bill. One thing the cases have in common in addition to the brothers Johnson Jefferson are lawyers with names that are punworthy. I miss Robert Trout Fishing In America…
Finally it’s time to circle back to the Woodstock reference even if the festival was staged in Bethel but the Bethel generation doesn’t have as much pizzaz. It’s time to segue from Fawer Power to Flower Power:
Hmm now that I think of it this tune has some proto-Fawer Power attitude. It’s easy to imagine the counselor saying “up against the wall motherfucker tear down the wall.”