Howard Weitzman, lawyer for Jackson, Bieber, DeLorean, dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Howard Weitzman, an legal professional whose purchasers included Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, and auto maker John DeLorean, has died. He was 81.
Weitzman died Wednesday within the Pacific Palisades part of Los Angeles after a quick sickness, his spouse, Margaret Weitzman, stated.
Weitzman got here to nationwide fame as protection legal professional for DeLorean, who was accused of cocaine trafficking in 1982. Weitzman argued that the FBI had entrapped DeLorean and received a not responsible verdict from the jury in 1984.
“This case is a sick case. It’s a tragedy and a travesty of justice,” Weitzman informed jurors throughout the trial.
On a day when his lawyer delivered a very blistering cross-examination of an FBI agent, DeLorean informed reporters, “All I can say is I thank God for Howard Weitzman.”
Weitzman’s information conferences on the courtroom steps throughout the trial introduced him a nationwide viewers, and the admiration of reporters, which might final for the remainder of his profession.
“He helpfully places his extra obscure courtroom questions into context, signifies his present technique and delivers small homilies on the risks of a authorities entrapment operation gone wild,” the Washington Submit stated on the time.
The fiery facet he confirmed throughout the DeLorean trial and sometimes throughout others got here out not often. He was gentle mannered and amiable in courtroom and outdoors it, and gladly sought settlements to keep away from trials.
Within the final years of his life, Weitzman was finest often known as the legal professional for the Jackson property, a job he took on from its inception after the pop famous person’s loss of life in 2009.
He defended the property in opposition to collaborators and collectors looking for a chunk of the cash Jackson left behind, and in opposition to two males who alleged Jackson molested them as boys, additionally main the lawsuit in opposition to HBO for airing these allegations within the documentary “Leaving Neverland.”
Weitzman, who additionally represented Jackson throughout his life, was among the many singer’s most vocal defenders amidst abuse allegations, not often lacking an opportunity to publicly proclaim Jackson’s innocence.
Weitzman was born in Los Angeles, and labored at his mother and father grocery enterprise as a baby. He sought a profession in baseball, profitable a university nationwide championship as a second baseman in 1961, however when hopes of a serious league profession diminished he went to legislation college on the College of Southern California.
He started his prison legislation follow in 1965 and established himself as an brisk defender in typically infamous circumstances. His specialty was homicide, and he received acquittal for Mary Brunner, a member of the Charles Manson “household,” in 1970.
He represented reputed mob determine Louis Tom Dragna, convicted of racketeering in 1979, and Barbara Mouzin, ringleader of a so-called “Grandma Mafia” of drug sellers.
In later many years Hollywood celebrities can be his most notable purchasers as he grew to become a founding accomplice within the elite legislation agency Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump LLP.
He efficiently defended Bieber in a 2011 paternity lawsuit and represented him in a number of subsequent fits.
He additionally represented O.J. Simpson, Marlon Brando, Morgan Freeman, Magic Johnson and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Along with his spouse, Weitzman is survived by sons, Jed and Armen.
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