An unhappy husband that wanted to end his bad marriage tried to blow up his wife with a pipe bomb. He was convicted and now faces life in prison. His lawyer told jurors that his client wanted to leave his wife “quickly and quietly.” Not the brightest thing to say in a pipe bomb case when the defendant is having an affair and most people would agree that a pipe bomb will end a bad marriage very quickly. Also, the loud bang would not be so quiet and definitely spark an extensive police investigation. Despite the overwhelming evidence (the cell number that triggered the bomb was in his wallet, a strained marriage, secretly dating his high school sweetheart) the defendant and his lawyer decided to go to trial. According to the prosecution it was a slam dunk case with lots of evidence. The news reported that the defense’s strategy was to deny and argue that there were a lot of unanswered questions; a basic strategy for such a serious case. As a defense attorney this case brings to mind two things: Negotiate and choose your words carefully. For example, in a domestic violence case a lawyer should never tell the jury that the client has a “temper,” or that his client likes “younger looking” women in a child abuse case. Likewise, a lawyer should not say that his client was looking for a quick way out of the marriage in a “pipe bomb” case. If the evidence is overwhelming, the better strategy might be to continue negotiations in effort to reduce the sentence. Sometimes aggressive and smart negotiations by a defense lawyer would better serve a client. See the story by clicking on the link below.