ONE CRIMINAL CONVICTION PRODUCES THREE MORE

Michael Sean Quinn*

Poor Texan Tyrone (or as he may have been known in federal prison, “Tyrone the Texan”). He was convicted in 2010 of money laundering and smuggling aliens. He got 63 months and another 3 years parole.  The poor devil found this very upsetting, and his rage simply wouldn’t leave him.  

So he filed false lien documents and other fraudulent financial documents against the judge in the earlier case and one of the prosecutors. Moreover, he did this is two separate federal districts on two different dates. 

Tyrone was convicted of three counts–all that there were–on July 15, 2015, and will be sentenced in October. His exposure is 10 years for each conviction. I doubt they will have to be served consecutively, but still even 10 years is a long time to inflict on oneself for this kind of escapade. (Maybe Tyrone was hell bent on escaping from a difficult marriage. Or maybe he was tired of sleeping under a bridge.) 

Still, where did he get such a terrible idea? Did he dream it up himself? Did his ex-buddies from the jailhouse outline to him how to do it? 

Overly aggressive lawyers might want to keep in mind how bad an idea Tyrone’s was–if indeed it was his idea. For example, Ls should not encourage their clients to do such things to opposing counsel, opposing parties. Nor should they teach them how to do it.  No should they do it for them if they fail to pay fees. Nor should they forge false financial reports using the signature of an enemy and have someone file them. These obvious points apply to big loses in civil cases and ways of dealing with irrational and hateful clients in all sorts of situations.  

Why would I carry on about such obvious matters? I will let the reader speculate about advisory questions I have actually been asked recently. 

Michael Sean Quinn, Ph.D., J.D., C.P.C.U. . . .

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Originally posted on 07/22/2015 @ 8:08 pm

Michael Sean Quinn, PhD, JD, CPCU, Etc

Michael Sean Quinn, PhD, JD, CPCU, Etc. (530)

One of Texas's leading insurance scholars, Michael Sean Quinn is a past chair of the Insurance Section of the State Bar of Texas and has a broad legal practice.

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