new feature: eye on ecker

June 29, 2007

If you and this blog go way back – like, you’re one of the ORIGINAL readers, back when three people read it instead of eight – you probably are familiar with my somewhat unhealthy fascination with criminal defense attorney James Ecker. Same goes for if you’re one of the couple people each week who find my blog by searching his name (okay, okay, so it’s probably just him, searching his own name a few times a week).

An Ecker Surge in the past couple weeks, along with some idle talk on the subject at work, has brought me to install a new feature in this space: Eye On Ecker.

In this feature, we’ll track the many criminal cases this silver fox takes on (historically, we’re talking stuff of the magnitude of Jeff Habay, the crazy ex-state senator who went down in a blaze of glory, and Ronald Taylor, the McDonald’s massacrist) from start to finish. Each time I see Ecker’s name or lovely mug on the tube or in the paper, I’ll make a note of it and will issue regular dispatches on his whereabouts and the results of his cases.

The guy is hired by nearly every high-profile defendant in the southwestern corner of the state; there must be a reason, and I doubt it’s that he’s affordable. These are life-and-death cases in a lot of instances. What does he do and how does he do it? Does he actually win cases or does it always come to plea bargain (I’ve rarely if ever seen an Ecker defendant who wasn’t pretty clearly guilty from day one)? Is that hair real?

We hope to answer all of these questions and more, all while avoiding libel suit, right here in the coming months with: Eye on Ecker.


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