Mike Hansen is an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Lincoln. Twenty years ago I swore him in. In addition to being a helluva a trial lawyer, Mike is: (1) a (supremely gentle) giant and (2) hysterically funny in the same wry way that a good Martini is dry.
In my earlier post about third parties paying fees in criminal cases, I tried to sucker FPDs into responding about retained counsel taking fees from someone other than the client. I was hoping to spawn a fist fight. I wrote, “I wonder whether Federal Public Defenders or CJA counsel think there is enough of a problem with third parties paying defense fees to retained counsel in criminal cases that I ought to adopt a fee-paying disclosure rule or something similar.”
A day or so ago, after a sentencing hearing and while waiting for the Marshals to bring in the next lamb for slaughter, I asked, in the most (disingenuously) serious way, what Mike thought about my fee-paying question. His response was a classic. “Ain’t my dog, ain’t gonna walk it.”
Here’s to Mike!