Attorneys tell “war stories” at CLE sessions, at association parties, and many other places. Here is a war story that led to defamation and legal malpractice litigation in Mass. Details.
“A convicted murderer can sue his former defense lawyer for libel for discussing the defendant’s personal history at a legal seminar and writing about it in a book before the case went to trial, a judge has ruled.
Middlesex Superior Court Judge D. Lloyd Macdonald said the suit by Daniel Leo Holland can go to trial on charges that J. W. Carney Jr. libeled his one time client and committed legal malpractice for sharing information that Holland provided for his defense. Carney discussed the pending case at a 2000 seminar by the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Inc. and focused on it in a section of “Hot Topics in Criminal Law 2000,”