We recently discussed the suspension of Kirk Nurmi, the attorney for Arizona murderer Jodi Arias. Nurmi allegedly sought to cash in on his representation by revealing confidential information in his self-published book, “Trapped with Ms. Arias.” The former lawyer for Casey Anthony has fared little better. Todd Macaluso withdrew from the Casey Anthony case in 2010 after California ethics authorities accused him of mishandling client trust account money. Macaluso has now been arrested for an alleged conspiracy to fly at least 3,300 pounds of cocaine from Ecuador to Honduras in an effort to smuggle drugs into the United States.
Macaluso, 54, is a pilot. Last year he pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was sentenced to five months in prison and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine plus $150,000 in restitution. He was later disbarred.
In the latest arrest, police say that they have videotape evidence from Port-au-Prince, Haiti in which Macaluso told two co-defendants that he could haul 3,300 pounds in the corporate jet he had used to fly from Orlando.
Macaluso was now in custody in Brooklyn.
Both Macaluso and Nurmi seem to fulfill the old adage in Washington about the dangers of exposure: one week on the cover of Time, next week doing Time.