An lawyer impersonating a lawyer

Under the “What was he thinking?” category is today’s story about attorney Mark Thiel. Thiel gave an interview to a reporter pretending he was another attorney, his office mate, Doug Goss.

Both have represented an alleged embezzler.

When the story was published, Goss, the attorney Thiel impersonated called for a correction (!?) though the guys work together, and the truth would embarrass their office. Well, that’s honesty, at least.

When cornered, Thiel reorted to pure lawyer bullpucky. “It was my understanding (that he impersonated his partner) with his authorization. He authorized me.”

Who “authorizes” an attorney to impersonate someone? Besides throwing his partner under the bus — by claiming he was in cahoots  — Thiel implies another attorney’s consent to lie makes lying perfectly acceptable.

Sure, just get the appropriate “authorization” and lying ceases to be lying.

Even the lawyer Thiel impersonated, the man who called for the correction, Goss, starts sounding sketchy by the end of the story. “It’s, from my perspective, no big deal,” Goss said.

It’s no big deal that your law office is on page 1 for lying? Well, OK then! No problemo!

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