Friday, February 16, 2007

Youthful lawyers hired in high-profile abduction case

Journal Gazette | 02/12/2007 | Youthful lawyers hired in high-profile abduction case: "The two young lawyers who have taken on the defense of alleged child abductor Michael Devlin are eager, but they’re being seen as underdogs in a costly and complex case.

Ethan Corlija, 32, and his 33-year-old law partner, Michael Kielty, are relatively unknown even within the clubby world of St. Louis lawyers.

“If you had said, ‘do I know these guys?’ I’d have said, ‘I have no clue,’ ” said Chet Pleban, who’s practiced criminal law in St. Louis for 33 years.

Some of the city’s leading criminal lawyers wonder whether they have sufficient experience and resources to mount a proper defense in a case where every legal step will be scrutinized."

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