Whenever a star is arrested, it’s big news for Hollywood. TMZ, the Huffington Post, Entertainment Tonight and a host of other shows torture us with reruns from every angle.
The news of the day is the arrest of Whitney Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown for DUI.
Bobby Brown was allegedly pulled over for talking on a cell phone while driving. That’s the allegation. Of course, the burden is on the prosecutor to prove up that there was a valid basis for the stop. That is, unless, your lawyer admits the police report is correct and waives the attorney-client privilege.
In a statement to the press, Brown’s newbie lawyer, Tiffany Feder, explains: “Everyone is innocent until proven guilty and Mr. Brown was not driving erratically. He was speaking on his cell phone. Mr. Brown has not been convicted of anything associated with this incident. Mr.
Brown is taking this matter seriously and an investigation is under way. The legal process shall run its course.”"
When a lawyer actually reveals facts that are privileged attorney-client communications, such as an admission that he was driving without a hands free set and talking on his cell phone, that destroys any chance of the defense lawyer prevailing on a suppression motion. What Ms. Feder has done is dash any possibility that Brown can prevail on a suppression motion because she had made an admission based on what should have remained a privileged attorney-client relationship.
Bobby Brown’s lawyer just needs to shut up.