Some stories are just too interesting not to write. I was preparing this story on Richard Scrushy's lead attorney in Montgomery, Art Leach, when the verdict came down against his client in the government corruption case in Montgomery.
Although the initial case did not go in his client's favor, Mr. Leach believes strongly he'll be victorious in the end.
Nonetheless, Art Leach, the man who irritated prosecutors with his refusal to stipulate to anything during the trial; "I just don't stipulate," says Leach; this son of Long Island is an interesting character. Ask him how he sees himself and he uses one word "patriot."
College and Deciding What to Do
"One day a scientist decided to run a test on the two boys. He took the pessimistic boy to a room full of new toys, telling him that they were all his. He immediately began to cry saying that one day they would all break. He then took the optimistic boy to an old barn which contained a huge pile of fresh steaming horse manure. The boy was immediately excited, grabbed a shovel and began digging in the manure. The stunned scientist asked the boy what he was doing. The boy immediately responded that with all this horse manure there has to be a pony in here somewhere.
That boy is my son Artie. "
Georgia Here I Come
Mercer and the Law School Interview
Headed to Tifton, Becoming a Domesticated Southerner
Jessica Watches Her Dad Handle the Press
Jessica had recently been in Montgomery to spend time with her dad. He says Jessica was supposed to stay for a week, but decided she wanted to stay for another week. "I'm surprised she stayed. That was about all she could stand." The proud father says he was waking her up too early and having to make his runs back and forth to the courthouse. "A kid can only watch so much TV."
Leaving Savannah, the Gold Club, and the Marshals Come to Live In
His Passion: Working for the DOJ
Private Practice and Richard Scrushy
His first meeting with Richard Scrushy was on Halloween 2003. After his first meeting he made it home in time for trick or treating. "It was close, but I made it." Asked who had more fun - him or the children, Leach replied, "I had more fun with the neighbors."
Leach says he went through three phases to get his job with Scrushy. He says initially the Scrushy team was looking for an asset forfeiture specialist, something he had plenty of experience dealing with.