Monday, September 19, 2011

I'm no lawyer, but I think subpoenas are serious

So I'm not a lawyer (though I did take the LSAT), but it seems like if you get subpoenaed in a criminal trial, you might ought to show up. Someone should tell Bagwell that.

Former Astro Jeff Bagwell was subpoenaed by the defense in the criminal trial of former Dr. Michael Brown, who is facing assault charges of his fourth wife, Rachel Brown - the alleged mistress of the former Astro/formerly married Bagwell.

The defense subpoenaed Bagwell to appear, but he did not show up. Defense attorney Dick Deguerin said Bagwell is in hiding.

A couple of things about Michael Brown, as gleaned from the article: Rachel Brown was his fourth wife. Dr. Brown was convicted of assaulting his second wife, in 2002. He lost his medical license in 2006 when he tested positive for cocaine.

He's not exactly winning this PR battle, if there is one.

To read more about Brown, try this 2002 Houston Press profile. Or this one, from 2009.


John Royal said...

You don't have to show up until the subpoena is actually served. Until then, you're under no legal obligation to show up anywhere.

Blazemule said...

He is in hiding so he does not get handed that subpoena, which is why they always hire inconspicuous folk to serve them. Tricky lawyers, I would hide like crazy to, it does not good to testify for this case.

Anonymous said...

I only know Michael Brown from his TV commercials. There was always something about seeing his commeercials that gave me an unsettling feeling about him, even though I had no plans to use his services. The disclaimer that appeared that on the commercials at he is a "retired physician" was curious to me, in that here is a man who is not going to perform this surgical procedure patenting it and selling it. The commercials had more the feel of political campaigning, with the "candidate" using his family to promote a certain image. Anyway, now I know.