A few years ago, my friend Ed Leinster passed away. He had worked with me here at the office for many years, and his motions were absolutely brilliant. He was brilliant. Before he passed, he told me of how he was going to legally dismantle the entire sex offender registration scheme. After explaining it to me, I was convinced he could do it–but he passed on before ever getting the chance. To understand this loss, imagine Einstein passing on before he formalized his theories on relativity. Imagine Michael Jordan giving up basketball in high school. I’m not exaggerating, Ed was just that good.
So, I knew Ed was a legal genius, but I also heard he was a truly gifted trial attorney. And, that’s where my good friend Ted Marerro comes in. When Ted was prosecuting felony cases, he went up against Ed. Bottom line: Ted racked up 70+ jury trials as a prosecutor, and no one came close to the skills of Ed Leinster.
Originally, this interview was going to be about Ed. But, Ted’s insights into everything else are worth more than what we initially set out to accomplish. For example, when defending a cold blooded killer, how do you contain your disdain as he delights in telling you of his murderous ways? How well can opposing counsel beat your ass without ever having met the client before jury selection? Ted is not religious (understatement), but he lists several examples of how Christians have gained his respect. There’s stuff in here about Bob Wesley, Bill Garmany, Jeff Ashton, Joe DuRocher, Don West, Chaney Mason, Andrea Black, and numerous local judges. A conversation with Ted is like that road trip where you’re really looking forward to the destination–but end up having more fun along the way. I’m going to convince Ted to come back for Part 2 and 3. Here’s Part 1. Continue Reading