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The Robert Wone murder case heated up yesterday. One defendant was released. There was the news that all three roommates, who were charged with obstruction of justice, would be living together in a rented apartment. There was the news that a Grand Jury was looking into more charges. And finally, Wone’s family filed a wrongful death civil suit in D.C. Superior Court against the three roommates.
One other aspect of the Wone case jumped out: There are some powerful attorneys on all sides of this case.
You have Benjamin J. Razi representing the family in the civil suit. He is a partner with Covington & Burling. His resume boasts more than a few solid examples of his case work from public accountability cases to pro-bono work as a defense attorney in a major drug case.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office lawyer handling the criminal case is long-time, respected prosecutor Glenn Kirschner. The guy is a total pro and has taken on some of the more high-profile cases in the city’s recent history. I’ve seen him in action and he’s a bulldog. Very few lawyers that call D.C. Superior Court home are as articulate and passionate.
And finally, two of the defendants are represented by Bernard Grimm and David Schertler.
Grimm is a long-time criminal defense attorney, who recently started handling white-collar cases. Don’t hold the fact that he is a regular talking head on Fox News against him.
Schertler is a former prosecutor who has tried more than 50 jury trials. From 1992 to 1996, he served as the U.S. Attorney Office’s chief of the homicide division. He has gone on to represent clients in some high profile cases involving Enron, KPMG, and the Teamsters. And, well, Paul Strauss’ drunk-driving case.
Whatever happens in the Wone case, expect some legal fireworks, expert arguments, and no BS. These guys are some of the toughest attorneys in town.