Marco Antonio Delgado, a prominent 46-year-old lawyer from El Paso, TX, has been convicted by a federal jury of conspiring to launder $600 million for the Milenio cartel or Cártel de los Valencia as reported by Melissa Gundersen for KFOX.
God bless all the dirty lawyers.
Lawyers breaking bad long has been a problem within the bar, and several once high-flying legal eagles have had their wings recently clipped by criminal convictions.
In September federal-prosecutor-turned-defense-lawyer Paul Bergrin was sentenced to six life terms and then some added time for good measure after his conviction on 23 counts which ranged from trafficking cocaine, pimping hookers and murdering witnesses as reported by Jason Grant for The Star-Ledger.
Last April Jerry "Angel" Peteet was sentenced to 23 years in a federal prison after he was convicted in a racketeering trial targeting several members from the Wheels of Soul motorcycle club in St. Louis, MO as reported by the Post-Tribune.
And in January a federal judge sentenced Isaac Guillen to seven years in prison following his conviction on racketeering and money laundering charges for his role with the 18th Street gang which was controlled from inside prison by Mexican Mafia member Francisco "Puppet" Martinez as reported by Victoria Kim for the Los Angeles Times: "prosecutors said Guillen was an instrumental part of the gang's operations rather than an unwitting marginal character who had been sucked into its criminal activities."
Four lawyers currently are on trial with reputed Lucchese soldier Nicodemo S. Scarfo a/k/a Nicky Jr. in Camden, NJ for their alleged roles in the extortionate takeover and systematic looting of the publicly-traded mortgage company FirstPlus Financial Group, Inc. as reported by Julia Terruso for the Inquirer: "New York City attorneys Gary McCarthy and David Adler, Texas attorney William Maxwell, and Scarfo's longtime criminal defense attorney, Donald Manno, will aim to prove they were working in a legal capacity - representing mobsters - and not working with them."
The so-called legal profession is full of criminals masquerading as lawyers. If citizens cannot expect better from supposed officers of the court then perhaps the American experiment which depends upon a legal system beyond reproach is over.