Sunday, May 18, 2008

Just Remember Me Ballin

When I first read the story about Blake Ballin. The latest version of the Memphis Barristers. He is the son and grandson of Leslie and Marvin Ballin. Both well known attorneys with impressive win/loss records in other controversial cases themselves. I must admit though. I had to check myself. I had to make sure I wasn't guilty of buying into the stereotype of holding white attorneys to a different standard than blacks. Some believe you can only get a fair shake if you go to court with a white lawyer. With verdicts like the one in the Guana case. To some degree that might be true. His client killed a cop and they had it on tape, and he wasn't sentenced to death. His stock like that of his father has gone through the roof.

In the past, I have been critical of one of the black attorneys ( Javier Bailey), for taking on what I thought were frivolous cases. But what's the difference in what he does and what the Ballins have been doing all the time? They both take cases no one expects them to win anyway. Their names are synonymous with upholding those who are on the wrong side of the law. It's been said you can find the business card of these two individuals in the pocket of every low-life and thug in the Memphis area. What I'm about to say, might sound hypocritical to some. If I get in trouble and it looks like I'm going to jail. " Just remember me Ballin."

Check out link below:
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/may/18/attorney-lives-up-to-family-name/