Man who allegedly carried knife on plane is 'distinguished' lawyer, attorney says

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  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    The story tells us he is bipolor, off his meds, and he "... has had seven run-ins with the law the past 14 months.

    And the headline is that he is a distinguised lawyer?

    Maybe from a "distinguished" lawyer, such behavior is expected or at least excusable, but anyone else would not get away with it. And, being a lawyer is totally irrelevant.

    It would be almost as relevant if he were characterized as "Carrot eater charged" since he probably eats carrots sometimes.

    And, why after 7 run ins with the law in the last 14 months is he still loose in society, law degree or not?

  • desert dweller SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 7:12 p.m.

    just because hes a lawyer means nothing to me whatsoever if that would of been someone else they would of been arrested and hauled off to jail and locked up as far as Im concerned hes right where he belongs ( in jail ) and Im sure glad hes not my lawyer ! and as far as the term " distinguished gentleman " I dont think so

  • Tibi001 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 6:24 p.m.

    The 'distinguished' gentleman is a obviously not distinguished, and not a gentleman. Other than that, he "is". Laywer or not, his behaviour needs some major polishing.

  • johnhenry APO, AP
    Sept. 22, 2011 6:13 p.m.

    It seems to me that this guy is suffering from some kind of mental affliction, perhaps the onset of dementia. If he's attempted, or even threatened, suicide, that's certainly a mental health issue. If he does go to prison, I hope he gets the mental health treatment he needs there.

  • Give Me A Break Pullman, WA
    Sept. 22, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    Oh, he's probably a very nice guy, if you live long enough to get to know him.

    Seriously though, did he ever play with his kids.

    I saw a guy on a plane recently who got onto the plane late, couldn't find a place for his carry-on bag, and so he took someone's bag out of the overhead without asking anyone, and just put his bag in it's place in the overhead and left the other bag in the aisle. When the owner of the bag complained to him, the man started cussing and swearing back at him and begging for a fight. He then took his seat swearing and complaining to those next to hm, including my brother. The stewardess saw this and came up and was very nice to him, but explained that unless he was willing to settle down he was not welcome on the flight. He swore some more, but finally apologized, sort of. She helped find a place for all the bags.

    Courtesy is needed in a world where we have to live with others. And yes, we have to live with others. It is good for us.