Shelley Luther was not punished for “giving a haircut.” She wasn’t punished for violating Gov. Greg Abbott’s orders. She was punished for violating a judge’s legitimate and legal order from a court. To suggest otherwise or to make her some kind of a martyr for a cause is a disservice to martyrs and causes. Tom Melsheimer gives the actual facts of the case and the dangers of playing politics with it.
A multi-defendant white-collar criminal case in federal court presents unique challenges, from managing a multitude of lawyers to the avoidance of conflicts. Tom Melsheimer of Winston & Strawn, who represented the only defendant acquitted in the Forest Park Medical Center bribery case, reflects on the strategies and disciplines that helped the jury single out his client as the only one among nine defendants they could unanimously regard as innocent.