The Downside To An Aggressive Defense

Law360, New York (November 28, 2011, 6:37 PM EST) -- In his closing statement on behalf of Raj Rajaratnam, defense attorney John Dowd blasted the credibility of witnesses who had pled guilty in connection with the insider trading case, describing the behavior of one former friend of the hedge fund titan as "downright bizarre" and calling another "greedy" and "corrupt."

About a year earlier, in a sex discrimination suit brought by women employees of Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp., defense lawyer Richard Schnadig described a plaintiff as "so fragile" in arguments to jurors and remarked that he'd never...
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