Monday was a bad day for US prosecutor Jason Cantrell...
In May, 4 New Square chambers opted not to sack one its pupils, Henry Mostyn, after he was caught by police with cocaine and ecstasy while queuing outside a Shoreditch nightclub.
Some admired 4 New Square's liberalism. Others questioned whether Mostyn had been made a special case of by virtue of his high profile father, High Court judge Sir Nicholas Mostyn QC.
Meanwhile, there were murmurings that Mostyn had merely been given a stay of execution and that 4 New Square was not planning to keep him on when he finished his pupillage in the summer.
Well, those murmurings proved right...
I have followed the saga about Henry Mostyn, the pupil found with a small amount of drugs on him, with puzzled bewilderment, writes OccupyTheInns.
It has been summed up most in the outrage of the truly awful Daily Mail, a newspaper I do my level best to keep a wide berth from. What a fuss about nothing! None of the coverage of this matter has even bothered to ask one simple question: what would have happened in this sorry affair if drugs were legalised? The answer, of course, is that there would not have been a scandal in the first place.
Sadly drugs remain illegal in this country, forcing talented young people like Henry Mostyn to hide – and be punished for – taking substances that are in many cases no more harmful than a few pints of lager. The situation is made worse for the high-achieving, often creative types who pursue careers at the Bar of England and Wales...
Henry Mostyn: Reaction
Barrister son of top judge who left wife for widow of divorce lawyer killed by police is fined for having cocaine and ecstasy – Mail Online
Judge's son caught with cocaine and ecstasy keeps job as barrister – The Telegraph
Four New Square pupil reprimanded by BSB after drug arrest – The Lawyer
The recently released testimony of dodgy American lawyer Scott Rothstein – sentenced to 50 years in jail for a $1.2bn (£770m) Ponzi scheme fraud – puts events at Hogan Lovells, where partner Chris Grierson amassed £1m in false expenses, firmly in the shade.
His now defunct firm, Rothstein, Rosenfeldt and Adler, was at one point spending $60,000 (£39,000) a month on escorts and prostitutes for its lawyers and clients - with the encounters taking place in a flat paid for by the firm across the road from its headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Weed was routinely smoked by lawyers at the firm, with some partners getting stoned "in the office, in the garage, outside the office." Rothstein added: “I had some partners that couldn't come to work without smoking pot."
Here's a chunk of the amazing transcript: