Lawyer and client accused of house break-in

By Lawyers Weekly|03 March 2012

An American lawyer has been accused of breaking into a house with his client.The International Business Times reports that San Diego lawyer Michael Pines pleaded not guilty in early June to…

An American lawyer has been accused of breaking into a house with his client.

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The International Business Times reports that San Diego lawyer Michael Pines pleaded not guilty in early June to charges of vandalism and other misdemeanors after an incident in October 2010.

It is alleged that Pines and his 72 year-old client were caught by police breaking a window and attempting to enter the client's foreclosed home.

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In January this year Pines told the Chicago Tribune that he has broken into homes at least six times on behalf of clients, arguing that it is sometimes necessary to violate the law to force courts to examine how banks are doing business with distressed home owners.

On his website for the "Pines Foundation", which was set-up to facilitate "prison dog programs and children", Pines somewhat curiously claims that "his life and purpose of the foundation had to change", and that he is now "attacked by many for standing up to the banks".

He also lists a number of people he believes are involved in a criminal conspiracy against him.

While Folklaw is unsure whether Robin Hood had any legal training before bunking down in Sherwood Forest, we are sure he would like the cut of Pines' jib.

At the very least, he certainly takes the notion, espoused by lawyers the world over, of "putting the client first" to a whole new level.

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