Injured Attorney Speaks Out

A central Kentucky public defender whoseclient punched him in court after a judge denied his request for a new attorney says he will not file assault charges.

Attorney Doug Crickmer spoke to 27 NEWSFIRST Thursday and says he doesn't blame thirty-year-old Peter Hafer or bear him any ill will.


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  • by Me! Location: Ky on Feb 10, 2008 at 06:37 AM
    Only an idiot would punch his attorney. We wonder why Ky has such a name?I have also been mad enough to punch people but I have enough sense not to act on it.He needs a big sledge hammer and a pile of rocks to take his frustrations out on.
  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Feb 8, 2008 at 08:24 AM
    He doesnt have to press charges and show up in court. The prosecutor will handle it all for him. What else could they get the mans broke and facing time already. Next time the lawyer might try to do his job better when people need help and hes not doing anything. I also bet hell be more prone to keep distance from clients hes helpin the system flush down the toilet.
  • by Jethro Location: Rat Cheer on Feb 8, 2008 at 06:43 AM
    No defense attorney will ever publicly admit their client is guilty of anything. If he pressed charges it would define his tolerance threshold, and knowledge of that treshold could be used against his future clients. He knows that he doesn't have to press charges because the prosecuter is going to do that for him. This allows him to save face (pun intended). There is also the possibility that the attorney had informed his client that he COULD get a different attorney if he displayed open hostility toward his current one, but just didn't expect the display to be so violent.
  • by joe Location: Pikeville on Feb 8, 2008 at 06:07 AM
    the court system needs to lock this theif behind bars for two or three years .he dont need a trail no reason to hit a lawyer
  • by Sheesh on Feb 8, 2008 at 04:44 AM
    An attorney that can't even understand what the word "assault" means is one I surely don't want defending me. I guess he figures the court system has now seen what type of individual this guy is and he'll leave it up to them. Honestly, I couldn't be that nice of a guy and not press charges. How many of you out there feel the same way?
  • by Ben Location: Lexington on Feb 8, 2008 at 04:37 AM
    Dude, did he knock a screw loose in your head or what?
  • by Mo Ron Location: Alaska on Feb 8, 2008 at 01:59 AM
    This guy has no place in society. Not only is he not civil, but what kind of moron breaks into a k-mart to steal jewelry?
  • by Cat Location: KY on Feb 7, 2008 at 04:51 PM
    Good for you sir. He had no right to hit you, but he should have had a right to get another attorney.

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