Let’s have some real talk about your worst client. The guy who took a swing at you in court? The lady whose voice reached the stratosphere when she was yelling at you? The dude who wore $2,000 suits but argued with you over the fact that you billed in five-minute increments? Shut up, you big baby. None of you have had a client as bad as this guy, who decided that the best thing to do after killing a guy was to take the body to his lawyer’s office.
John Marshall walked into Harris’ Fort Myers law firm Wednesday claiming he had killed Ted Hubbell in self-defense in Bokeelia and brought the body with him in the bed of his pickup.
Need we even point out that this happened in Florida? OF COURSE IT HAPPENED IN FLORIDA.
Now, don’t get us wrong. It actually sounds like Marshall legitimately feared for his life and the killing was indeed self-defense, but that still doesn’t really explain the whole “bring the body to your lawyer” deal. And what do you do if you’re the unlucky attorney who was the recipient of the deceased? We can’t even imagine how many rules of professional responsibility you’d have to look up to determine your ethical obligations when a client shows up with a corpse in tow. Was this on the MPRE?
This lawyer clearly did all the right things, calling 911 shortly after the deceased arrived circa 4pm. The news stories, however, note that Marshall didn’t leave his attorney’s office until 10:30 at night, when he left for the hospital. Did the body have to stay there as well? Because come on, we’ve all got the same question here, however crass and avaricious it might be:
What on earth is the billing code for “spent 6 hours with client and dead body?”