From well before we enter law school, we all have drilled into us the idea that everyone is entitled to a good defense. Well, a defense at least. It doesn’t matter how reprehensible you are. Someone in the profession should step up and defend you. But what if you are Guido Amsel (yes, he is really named “Guido”) and you have a nasty habit of, say, blowing up lawyers?
It’s been nearly a week since an explosive device went off in the Peterson King law office in Winnipeg, severely injuring 38-year-old Maria Mitousis.
Two other explosive devices have been recovered since then, including one at an autoshop and another at a different law firm. Winnipeg police are still investigating almost daily calls of suspicious packages.
It will not surprise you in the least to learn that Amsel tried to blow up Mitousis because she represented his ex-wife in a divorce proceeding. To be honest, though, he also tried to blow up one of his own previous lawyers, so at least he’s an equal opportunity madman. Small blessings.
Now, no one wants to represent the alleged bomber because of how they’re whining about pesky things like “staff safety” and “not wanting to die.” Oh, and because of GoFundMe.
A number of lawyers contacted by CBC said they were reluctant to take on the case – concerned not only for their own safety but for their staff. Not only that, but some have donated to a Go Fund Me page for Mitousis’s recovery, which puts them in a conflict that prevents them from representing Amsel.
You can bet if we were Canadian criminal defense attorneys, we’d be donating to that recovery fund ASAP to ensure we’d be forever walled off from Bomberman.