September 17, 2007
Louis Robles Trial to Begin
Jury selection is set to begin tomorrow in the criminal trial of Miami asbestos lawyer Louis Robles, according to an article by Julie Kay on law.com, Nationally Known Mass Torts Lawyer Headed for the Trial Nobody Wants:
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday in the long-awaited federal trial of former superstar Miami attorney Louis Robles, who was charged with mail fraud in the alleged theft of $13.5 million in clients' settlement money. The trial is expected to last four weeks before U.S. District Judge Alan Gold.
Robles was disbarred in 2003 and later indicted on federal charges. In April, Robles agreed to plead guilty and receive a ten-year prison term, but Judge Gold rejected the deal:
Neither prosecutors nor defense attorneys wanted a trial. But Gold rejected a plea deal that called for Robles to serve 10 years in prison and recently rejected a request from Assistant Federal Public Defender Hector Flores for a 60-day continuance.
The article notes that the defense has proposed voir dire questions to identify juror with a negative image of personal injury lawyers.
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