Being a defense attorney is often a question or morality. In the United States, our constitution declares everyone is innocent until proven guilty. However, in the court of public opinion, there are many who are quick to judge and deem a guilty verdict before the trial has begun. And while many alleged criminals might actually be guilty of their accused crime, a defense lawyer doesn’t need to prove that the alleged criminal didn’t commit the crime, just show that the evidence presented by the prosecution is not sufficient enough to prove the alleged crime. Some defense lawyers are better than others. Here’s a list of the most famous defense lawyer.
Johnnie Cochran – Best known for defending O.J. Simpson when he was accused of murdering his wife Nicole Brown Simpson, where he famously said “If the glove don’t fit, you must acquit.” Cochran was successful and earned Simpson an acquittal. He has also represented other celebrities accused of crimes such as P. Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Rosa Parks, Michael Jackson, and Tupac Shakur. In the P. Diddy weapons charge case, Cochran was able to get him acquitted on all charges.
Mark Geragos – Best known for defending Scott Peterson who was accused of murdering his pregnant wife, Lacie Peterson, during the same time period where he was defending Michael Jackson, who was being accused of molestation. Attempting to defend two high profile cases at the same time became costly for Geragos; Jackson dropped him as a lawyer and Scott Peterson was found guilty and sentenced to death.
Howard K. Stern – Best known for representing Anna Nicole Smith and appearing on her reality TV show. The two of them dated in 2006 and were married in 2007. After Anna Nicole gave birth to her daughter Dannielynn, Howard was thrust into a paternity lawsuit against Larry Birkhead, which he lost. He was then arrested and tried for conspiracy surrounding prescription medications for Anna Nicole. However, these charges were dismissed as Judge Robert Perry believed that the fake names used in obtaining prescriptions were for Anna Nicole’s protection.