For those of you who believe that you have tough clients, you might want to consider the fate of Seattle attorney John Hicks. He represents rapist Curtis S. Thompson who must be wheeled into court with his chest, wrists and ankles bound due to prior threats against attorneys and a judge. That did not stop Thompson from lunging at Hicks in a recent hearing and screaming “You scared to death, ain’t you punk?” Hence the popularity of transactions law.
Thompson is to stand trial in a 2004 rape — one of three such trials for rape and murder. In this case, Thompson, 49, is accused of breaking into a woman’s apartment, repeatedly raping her, and then washing clothes in her laundry room and pouring bleach into her body to try to destroy (unsuccessfully) DNA evidence.
Hicks gets this week’s medal of courage of counsel — a position previously held by Deputy Alternate Public Defender Jeffrey Martin.
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