Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Balloon Boy and the Circus Master


I wasn’t surprised at all when I heard that Richard Heene, father of the balloon boy, had hired David Lane as his attorney. Richard’s goal had been the generation of publicity and David Lane, as circus master will provide plenty of it.

You may remember David Lane as attorney for Ward Churchill, the pseudo professor from CU. Lane provides a never ending stream of media flotsam for his clients.

About a week ago, Lane tried to discount the confession of balloon boy mother Mayumi Heene by saying “Her English is not that great, first of all”. I guess that will be part of his strategy as he pits one Heene against the other in his quest to get an acquittal for Richard regardless of the cost.

In today’s paper Lane’s three ring circus comes center stage again. His latest performance involves an attempt to turn the tables and have the light focused on Sheriff Jim Alderden. He claims that the sheriff gave negative pretrial publicity against the Heenes.  I think they did plenty of that on their own. Their elaborate hoax had people all across the world stopping their lives as they prayed, watched and wondered about the little boy. It soon became apparent that it was all a scam. Nothing the sheriff said could add to the opinion most people already had.

I wonder how attorneys like Lane sleep at night. It seems they don’t care about guilt or innocence. What matters is that they accumulate “victories” even if it means the guilty go free.

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Proverbs 12:19

Philip

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