August 06, 2005

The FBI chapter of the Thrilling Saga of Mike Lynn (Cisco/ISS presentation)

Back from the cliffhanger, with everything from comic relief ("... I definitely used the word "sleazy" more than once") to madcap confusion ("... crowd is filled with both conspiracy theorists and reporters, and sometimes the two types overlap. So all the hens were clucking, passing stories to each other ..."), lawyer Jennifer Granick concludes the exciting saga with the FBI chapter. My two take-away parts of general interest:

I notified the agent in charge that I represented Mike Lynn and that he was asserting his Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights not to be questioned outside my presence. (Tip: Always assert both your right to remain silent and your right to have an attorney present.)


(Another tip: Don't try to convince law enforcement of your own innocence. Get a lawyer. Really.)

[Indeed, I know people have messed-up here (though I don't want to seem to criticize anyone by a link)]

To me, the most interesting thing about this chapter (putting aside the human drama) is that apparently neither Cisco lawyers nor ISS lawyers called in the FBI. If it wasn't those lawyers, who was it? Some other part of Cisco or ISS? Doing it without telling the legal department? Looks like she can't say, even if known. But it's disturbing to see that FBI can be invoked so readily, with all the problems that causes.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in legal | on August 06, 2005 02:43 AM (Infothought permalink)
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