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Big Legal Blunder; Statement of Former IRS Official Lois Lerner’s lawyer William Taylor

Home - by - May 8, 2014 - 14:45 America/New_York - 10 Comments

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(and I hate to say it again, but her lawyer sure got her into a mess)

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Lerner’s lawyer below says she did NOT waive her 5th Amendment rights. Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law says she did waive them.  

Bottom line — on close questions — you steer your client to a SAFE path.  That is the role of a lawyer – to protect your client.  As a former criminal defense attorney, I know the SAFE path would have been to say ZERO before the Committee (except to assert the 5th) and then go outside and say whatever you want to the cameras.  The same would have been achieved with the safe route (and more!) except she would not have this contempt issue.   This was a big blunder.    He is now scrambling with statements and letters and looking for lawyers to opine that Lerner did not waive her 5th Amendment right — but he never, never, never should have steered his client into this position in the first place.  Why would you steer  your client into this mess, into a gray area, whether in the end the client wins (and a court concludes she did not waive) or not (court concludes she waived her right)?  Answer: a lawyer should never do this….BIG blunder.

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  1. Stirrin the BS

    May 8th, 2014

    Dude, like I’m not in contempt. Okay? Whatever!

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  2. Sarge

    May 8th, 2014

    I wonder if she looks better in orange.

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  3. Anonymous

    May 8th, 2014

    If she can keep quiet, she’ll be rewarded. If she ends up in prison, she’ll be pardoned. If she squeals, she or her loved ones will be Breitbarted.

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  4. bitterclinger

    May 8th, 2014

    Either the dumb atty was her husband or she’s also married to an atty. Either way, you’d think one of them would’ve set her straight. However, I can’t say I’m sorry she’s in hot water.

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  5. cato

    May 8th, 2014

    Who’s paying for all her high priced attorneys?

    Holder’s Dept. of Justice?
    AKA, Taxpayers?

    She chose to break the law as an individual NOT in her legal capacity as an employee of the federal gov’t.

    She should be forced to hire and pay for her own attorneys.

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  6. Hotlanta Mike

    May 8th, 2014

    How sweet of them…

    IRS Agrees To Give House Committee All Lois Lerner Emails

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/08/irs-agrees-to-give-house-committee-all-lois-lerner-emails/

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  7. Tim

    May 8th, 2014

    Why are we playing with these criminals?

    Take her down to Room 101 and get the facts in about 20 minutes.

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  8. Corona

    May 8th, 2014

    Why does that dress look so familiar?

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  9. Buffalobob.

    May 8th, 2014

    Does Hillary Clinton’s right eye go into uncontrollable spasms when she sees a woman in a blue dress?

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  10. Mortagages for the Masses

    May 8th, 2014

    And who called her on waiving her 5thh amendment rights?

    Go Trey!

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