Casey Anthony's Lawyers Are Breaking Bad

San Diego Attorney Todd Macaluso I recall putting on my shirt and tie for court while watching GMA two years ago and seeing one of my law school acquaintances, Todd Macaluso, being interviewed as the newest member of Casey Anthony's so-called "dream team" of defense lawyers. The interview in Florida was surprising to me, as I thought Todd was a product liability lawyer in California. Hey, headlines are headlines, right. Todd comes from a wealthy family out east and he married well; very well. Not interested in Harvard, NYU, or any of the tony east coast law schools, Todd collected his sheepskin right here in the "D" from the University of Detroit School of Law; class of 1987. Before his graduation ceremony was even concluded, Macaluso was probably on a private jet to San Diego, where he hung his shingle and hasn't looked back. And apparently he has not stopped playing around with private aircraft either, from the way the headlines read this week. Although forced to quit the Casey Anthony case due to a serious attorney discipline conviction and imminent disbarment in California, Todd is right back in the cockpit, just in time to seize the spotlight, allegedly ferrying Ms. Anthony about the country on his private Pilatus PC-12 turbo-prop aircraft. The national media, led by Nancy Grace, is in an absolute frenzy over Anthony's location. Knowing Todd, he is loving every minute that he is able to steal the show by flying the infamous "Tot Mom" hither and yon. Macaluso is a poster child for the adage: "image is everything". He is acknowledged, among dozens of others, in United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's book, Making Your Case. A mutual friend who's been to Macaluso's home says there is a photo of Todd on his yacht with Justice Scalia, apparently a friend of the extended Macaluso family. In 2007, Macaluso received the President's Award from the UDM School of Law. In presenting this award, UDM acknowledged Todd's lobby efforts in Congress to regulate pharmaceutical sales over the Internet. Nothing was mentioned, however, about the opportunistic nature of his burgeoning criminal defense practice. With the benefit of hindsight, I just have to wonder if my alma mater would have bestowed its President's Award on a graduate who soon would be disbarred for misspending client trust funds; or whether Justice Scalia would acknowledge an attorney that has not only joined forces with a most infamous client, but has positively delighted in concealing her location, while she prepares with her lawyers to fleece all of us. Only in America folks; only in America.

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