Winner Takes All: Georgia Attorney Arrested In Alleged Jailhouse Drug Conspiracy

Georgia Attorney, Michael Stuart Winner, 45, has been arrested in an alleged series of crimes where he traded drugs with female inmates in exchange for sexual favors like looking at their breasts or being able to expose himself to them while they were in attorney-client conferences at the jail.

In the jail, the attorney and inmates are separated by a glass partition, so there does not appear to have been contact between the attorney and the inmates.

Winner faces a daunting collection of charges, including four counts of conspiracy to commit crime, three counts of unlawful trading with inmates, violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, and “use of communications facilities to violate provisions prohibited. There seems a great deal of repetition in the charges, which are all felonies.

I am surprised by the sheer audacity and stupidity of the alleged crimes, let alone the depravity. Most jails have visual surveillance of these rooms, even though they cannot listen to the conversations. Moreover, when dealing with prisoners, it was only a matter of time before this alleged arrangement would become known.

Winner is a graduate of Mercer University Law School.

There will be a lot of pressure to plead out this case, which almost always involves an agreement to surrender your license in exchange for a short jail term or probation. The introduction of drugs will make jail time highly likely as well as the tendency of courts to be tough on lawyers who betray their profession and society.

Source: AJC

18 thoughts on “Winner Takes All: Georgia Attorney Arrested In Alleged Jailhouse Drug Conspiracy”

  1. Not keeping your pecker in your pants is a bad idea. Do you remember Susan Smith from South Carolina? She had sex with two corrections officers and they both got the clap. Which one had it first?

  2. “Fundamentalism and Law equal stupidity.” Ah, Falwell’s Liberty University!

  3. The man is rather pathetic, but I hear that Mercer University Law School ranks in the bottom third quarter of U.S. Law Schools. Fundamentalism and Law equal stupidity.

  4. Mercer is a Southern Baptist school. The university once cutback their Atlanta presence because they thought “Hotlanta” was too wicked for them.

  5. Are you sure his name is not spelled Weiner? As in Anthony Weiner the former Congressman? This wiener’s defense is attorney client privilege. The pigs cannot threaten the inmates with anything because they would be invading their attorney client privilege. It is said that some lawyers trade sexual favors for legal services quite often. There was a female lawyer in Santa Luigi who regularly flashed her breasts at the jail to drum up business. In the rural areas of America it is common for clients to show up at the lawyers office with farm produce or whatnot to pay in kind. Now, when he brings drugs into a prison here to boost the inmate moral he is on a horse of a different color than trading sex for his legal advice. The later trade could be said to be nothing for nothing–or one dog bone for another.

  6. “First, we kill all the lawyers.” Well, certainly not you, Jon, but you get my drift.

  7. something for the Lawyers to ponder:

    “The law says if you poison the water, you’ll die. The law says that if you poison the air, you’ll suffer. The law says if you degrade where you live, you’ll suffer… If you don’t learn that, you can only suffer. There’s no discussion with this law.” ~ Oren Lyons

    Oren Lyons is a member of the Onondaga and Seneca nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. As an activist for indigenous and environmental justice, Oren works with communities across the globe. As a Faithkeeper he upholds the history and traditions of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga and Seneca. Oren often addresses modern-day conflicts by sharing traditional views on the law of nature.

    When he says “You can’t negotiate with a beetle”*, he implies that nature will respond to climate change whether or not humans do.

  8. “the attorney and inmates are separated by a glass partition”

    One has to wonder how he kept his part of the bargain and transferred the contraband.

    There are reports that at the old DC jail some of the visitor positions had holes in the partitions – low tech but easy to use, convenient and effective.

  9. Frankly1, May 1, 2012 at 7:43 am

    More and moer it seems that a law license can be a one-time use get out of jail free card. Its odd, I mean I understand that the court is taking away their means of making a living, but that giving up the license equals little or no jail time. A smart criminal would look for a cheap law school
    ———————————————-
    I’m sure they already have….I didn’t respond in the other thread when ‘lawyer hate’ was discussed but I can tell you that as a client that was failed multiple times by lawyers, it is more dangerous to get a lawyer and hope they will do thier job and protect your ass rather than make you thier job and own your ass….. I doubt I will ever trust another lawyer…or court… and I can assure you I am very very very far from alone…
    (and I come from a family w/lawyers and judges in the mix… )

  10. “like looking at their breasts or being able to expose himself to them while they were in attorney-client conferences at the jail.”

    ***********************

    Attorney-client privilege?

  11. More and moer it seems that a law license can be a one-time use get out of jail free card. Its odd, I mean I understand that the court is taking away their means of making a living, but that giving up the license equals little or no jail time. A smart criminal would look for a cheap law school 😉

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