Dick DeGuerin

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Dick DeGuerin
Born February 16, 1941
Austin, Texas
Nationality United States
Education University of Texas at Austin, J.D.
Occupation Lawyer

Dick DeGuerin (born in Austin, Texas, February 16, 1941) is a criminal defense attorney based in Houston, Texas,[1][2] most notable for defending Tom DeLay and David Koresh. In 1994, DeGuerin was named Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year by the State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section.[3]

Education[edit]

He earned a law degree in 1965 from the University of Texas at Austin and that same year, he was admitted to the State Bar.

Career[edit]

Early in his career (1971–1982), he was an associate with Percy Foreman. In 2005, he defended former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay in DeLay's defense against indictments for money laundering and conspiracy, brought by Texas prosecutor Ronnie Earle.[4]

DeGuerin, a Democrat, previously prevailed over Earle in a case involving misconduct charges against U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. DeLay was found guilty,[5] but the conviction was overturned on appeal.[6] He also represented bankers involved in fraud cases tied to the Enron collapse.

He represented Waco, Texas leader David Koresh during Koresh's standoff with the FBI and the ATF agents. DeGuerin used a self-defense argument, and won, when he represented New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who admitted to killing and then dismembering the body of Durst's 71-year-old neighbor Morris Black, bagging the body parts and tossing them into Galveston Bay.[7]

Other cases include participating in the Congressional impeachment hearing of U.S. District Court Judge Samuel B. Kent.[8] He represented Celeste Beard, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, David Mark Temple, convicted of killing his wife, who was 8 months pregnant, Allen Stanford, and Billy Joe Shaver.

He is an adjunct professor at the The University of Texas School of Law, teaching criminal law.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Houston brothers shine in legal spotlight - Houston Chronicle". Chron.com. 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  2. ^ "The DeGuerin – DeGeurin brothers". Chron.com. February 11, 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  3. ^ "DeGuerin, Dick". FindLaw.com. 2011-01-30. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  4. ^ "DeLay’s lawyer is a Democrat and court legend". Associated Press. 2005-10-20. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  5. ^ Houston Chronicle, "DeLay files motion for retrial in money laundering case," February 9, 2011
  6. ^ Tom DeLay verdict overturned by Texas appellate court, KHOU; September 19, 2013
  7. ^ John Springer. "Prosecution forces Durst to admit his many lies". truTV. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
  8. ^ "Accused judge enlists help of Dick DeGuerin". Houston Chronicle. December 12, 2007. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ "UT Law - Faculty - Dick Deguerin". Utexas.edu. Retrieved 2012-11-07. [dead link]

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