The giant speaks

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.

Mike and me. He stands somewhere between 6'10" and 6'11."  I used to be 6.'0."  Mike played basketball for the South Dakota State Jackrabbits.

Mike and me. He stands somewhere between 6’10” and 6’11.” I used to be 6’0.” Mike played basketball for the South Dakota State Jackrabbits.

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!


9 responses

  1. I’m adding that to my list of great things lawyers say about dogs — from “got no dog in that fight, your honor” to “that dog don’t hunt,” etc.

  2. Not to worry. Maybe I ought to run a contest for pithy dog sayings. Surely, that would be a service to federal practitioners everywhere.

    All the best.


  3. Wonderful picture! I noticed Mike’s tie color matches the Judge’s shirt color! Wonderful! Thanks for sharing! Sharing=Caring:)

  4. Careful hanging out with those defense attorneys Judge. If you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas.

  5. I’m gonna steal that line for my blog.

    In payment: I looked up my family tree and found three dogs using it.

    Oh, wait–are we allowed to tell jokes to judges on this blog?

    Eric Hines


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