Friday, May 15, 2020
RIP Albert Krieger (UPDATED with incredible stories from the judiciary and the bar in the comments)
UPDATE -- please take a moment and read the comments, which have wonderful stories and touching memories from judges and lawyers who saw Albert in action (including from Scott Srebnick, Judge Federico Moreno, Judge Milton Hirsch. Marty Weinberg, Jeffrey Kay, and many others).
This is a really sad one... Albert Krieger, one of the founding fathers of criminal defense, has passed away at 96.
After I saw him in court for the first time, I said to myself: "I could never be that good." His voice. His demeanor. The way he crushed cooperating witnesses. And he was so engaging out of court. Happy to sit down with young lawyers and guide them. If you had to craft a criminal defense lawyer, it would be Albert. He inspired so many of us. He will be missed.
He has defended some of the biggest cases in America, including John Gotti and Sal Magluta. In the Gotti case, he was opposite John Gleeson, the lawyer that was just appointed in the Flynn case.
Check out Albert in this Charlie Rose interview. Classic Albert. At the 9:30 mark, he explains why he decided to represent Gotti. And at the 16 minute mark, he explains why maximum security prisons are unacceptable in a civilized society. He will fire you up! The guy was the best.
I will be posting stories and memories of Albert as they come up. Please either email them to me at email@example.com or post them in the comments.