My point is that I am afraid that if the bombing occurred today, no lawyer would step up and take the risk and suffer the controversy for fighting for the unpopular client or unpopular cause. Richard did not have any money. He did not need a politically connected lawyer or a high powered lawyer. Richard needed a friend who knew the law, believed in him, and who would loyally fight for him.
Who would represent Richard today?
Would the lawyer be shunned by his colleagues? Would he be called crazy? Would the State Bar and other bars try to revoke his license to practice law? Would the media viciously attack him? Would strangers go on social media and insult, mock, and belittle him? Would his life be threatened and his family put at risk?
Who would stand up for Richard Jewell today to fight for truth and justice?
I would. I would do it all over again. In fact, based on the way I have been treated and attacked in recent months, it feels like I am back in 1996 again only amplified by social media and the continued deterioration of civility.
After he was falsely accused by the FBI and the worldwide media of being the bomber (just 3 days after the bombing), the world turned against Richard. He went from being admired to being scorned. He went from being called a hero to being called a bomber - a killer. It was ALL a lie.
My children were insulted at school, “Your Dad represents the fat bomber. Your Dad represents a killer. Your Dad represents a terrorist.” I know it was not easy for my children. But I made sure they spent time with Richard and they came to love him as I loved him.
I received death threats, including threats to bomb my house. When I went on television to fight for Richard, I was treated with disdain. FBI agents followed our every move and circled my office constantly every day.
You don’t forget such times. I have never forgotten any of it. I remember it like it was yesterday.
Richard Jewell was a hero. He out his life at risk to save many when a bomb exploded in Centennial Olympic Park in July of 1996.
He was my first “high profile” client. He became my dear friend over the course of the years until his untimely death at age 44 in August of 2007. I continued to “stand in his shoes” after his death for several years as I refused to stop fighting for justice for Richard.
In my practice before I represented Richard Jewell in 1996, I had some really great clients. A meat cutter. Parents who had lost a child. Children who had lost a parent. I cared deeply for them. I wanted to make right what had gone wrong in those lives. There were so many. I actually think I remember almost every client. They were my clients. They also became my friends.
They were not “high profile” clients are cases that would make headlines or get the lawyer on television. But they were all high profile people to me.
In 1996, Richard Jewell changed my life. As a lawyer and a person.
Thanks for putting up with me today. You may have felt at times like you needed a raincoat and umbrella as there a downpour of truth! I love TRUTH.
I have always tried to be a good role model as a trial lawyer. I wanted young lawyers to learn from me and love the law the way that I have loved it for over 43 years. I wanted them to always put the client first, well ahead of money or fame. I wanted them to focus on working hard for truth and justice, not for wins or loses. If you pursue truth to achieve justice, you will not win them all, but your wins will always far outnumber your losses.
I have always wanted to represent clients whom I felt were good people. I was not perfect in my choice of clients but I love way more of them than the very few I dislike. But I was loyal even to the few I disliked.
For many years, I have lamented the state of the legal profession. At first slowly and with the passage of time much quicker, the legal profession has become a business. Where winning at all cost, making as much money as you can, and avoiding the controversial client has become the norm.
The legal profession has lost its noble purpose. I am not sure it presently merits being described as a profession. The desire for fame and fortune has overwhelmed the desire to help the person who is counting on the law to make things right.
I for one want President Trump as our Commander in Chief if Iran makes the mistake and attacks our country from within or from without. Joey “Bribes” Biden would likely only lock himself in his basement at Castle Rock.
The members of Family Bible Fellowship of Ridgeville have welcomed me into their family. They are wonderful. They bless me too. We are stirring the coals of a fiery revival in Yemassee. So many have visited Sunday services to worship and to speak with me. ALL very special people. I thank them ALL. - Lin 🙏❤️🇺🇸
Truth hurts! Truth is hard to speak when you know it will cost ya everything , but at the end of the day, you will stand alone before God! My advice is to speak the truth and stand unashamedly before the Lord on that Day!
8 Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me. 9 For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. 10 Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you. 11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. - Psalm 5:8-11