One of the more ironic but interesting aspects of legal malpractice, like quantum mechanics, is that the very act of measurement [trial] can cause the observed object to change. Similarly, in the prosecution of a legal malpractice case, there can be legal malpractice . Here, from the Madison Record there is the potential for a further case:
"Madison County Circuit Judge Daniel Stack had to consider calling a mistrial Tuesday in a professional negligence case against the law firm Thompson Coburn.
Representing Magna Bank (now Regions), plaintiff’s attorney Rex Carr — whose trial skills are legendary — informed Stack that he had been giving daily transcripts to some of his witnesses.
Carr told Stack that he has supplied trial transcripts to his experts, including his star, and protege, Belleville attorney Tom Keefe.
He said the only other time he had to deal with daily trial transcripts was during the historic three-and-a-half year-long dioxin trial he pursued in St. Clair County.
Potential witnesses were allowed to review the transcripts in that case, he said, due to the sheer volume of evidence presented during the record setting civil trial against Monsanto.
After Carr’s surprise announcement that he let witnesses see that transcripts, Carrie Hogan of Jones Day in Chicago wanted Stack to call a mistrial.
Stack, who came in to work on a state holiday for judges (Lincoln’s birthday), called a recess and advised Carr and Hogan to discuss the possibility of a settlement, but those talks stalled after about an hour of discussions.
Afterwards, Carr said he would exclude any witness that saw the transcripts. "