Friday, October 17, 2008

Bobming Laywers

Two recent stories involving bombs/explosions and lawyers. First in St. Louis:
John Gillis, 69, was bloodied and burned by the blast, which occurred at about 11:15 a.m., but is expected to survive, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He is a senior counsel at Armstrong Teasdale, a 270-attorney international law firm headquartered in St. Louis, where his practice focuses on corporate and securities matters.

Authorities said they don't know whether Gillis was an intended target of the bomb, which was contained in a package left next to his car. When he picked it up, it went off, the newspaper reports.
An in Dalton, Ga:
An explosion at a personal injury law firm in downtown Dalton, Ga., has resulted in multiple injuries--and, it appears, one death.

"A body has been found behind the law firm where an explosion took place this morning and a police officer saw a man run behind the building just before the explosion," reports the Chattanooga Times Free Press in a just-posted article. A Dalton police spokesman also says that someone at the law firm made a 911 call about a disturbance just before the apparent attack.

District Attorney Kermit McManus blamed a bitter lawsuit for the explosion, saying that he considers it “an assault on the judicial system.” He named Lloyd Cantrell as a suspect in the bombing, but doesn't give any details about who Cantrell is, according to the Daily Citizen.

"Witnesses said the blast at about 10 a.m. Friday blew out the windows at the McCamy Law Firm. They said at least one person had his clothes burned off and was taken to the hospital," reports the Associated Press. Four other people also are being treated for burns.

The ABA Journal is following both stories.

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