A man in Illinois has been busted as a fake lawyer, after applying his television inspired legal credentials to more than 60 cases.
Tahir Malik was arrested In December last year on two counts of false impersonation of a lawyer. According to Hutsell215.com, Malik, who has a criminal background, picked up his courtroom skills by observing lawyers who had acted in his cases previously and by watching legal shows on television.
He even had the lawyer act so down pat that he allegedly charged exorbitant fees of between $500 and $4500 per case.
One former client said Malik walked around the courtroom "like a hot shot", and he was only found out after a court official thought he took his strutting too far and questioned his credentials.
Folklaw is not sure whether Malik questioned witnesses on whether "they could handle the truth", or whether he adopted the folksy style of Folklaw's favourite tv lawyer, Matlock, who will long be remembered for always acting for innocent people wrongly accused of murder and adopting the Richie Benaud philosophy to fashion in looking dapper in various shades of white.
At least Malik can take comfort in the fact that he has the nous to represent himself.