Criminal defense attorney Rene Sandler has one job: defend
BY JOAN HENNESSY
PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUIGI CIUFFETELLI
FOR MONTHS IN 2013, THE TRIAL OF JODI ARIAS, A SLIM BRUNETTE
with beauty pageant good looks, dominated the airwaves. Her boyfriend
wasn’t just dead, he was good and dead. Shot in the head. Throat slashed.
As the courtroom saga unfolded, four analysts lined up in side-by-side
camera shots that filled television screens across the nation. The subject:
“How is it that you can believe anything that is based on a journal that we
know has lies in it?” asked HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell.
The lawyer on the receiving end of the question did what defense
attorneys do. She defended.
“First of all, this defendant did something very courageous, and we have
to give her credit for this, even though you don’t want to. And that is, she
took the stand and she owned her lies,” Rene Sandler said. “Ultimately, as
we all know, it is up to the jury to decide what to believe, what is true and
what is not and how to reconcile it. But this defendant, like it or not, stood up
there, took the stand and courageously … ”
The host and another panelist began to interrupt, but Sandler
continued: “… accepted a lie.”