To win cases, trial lawyer mentions his Scottish Terrier

Watson the Scottish Terrier with his lawyer owner Peter E. Quijano, who tries to mention his dog in summations to bring him luck
Watson the Scottish Terrier with his lawyer owner Peter E. Quijano, who tries to mention his dog in summations to bring him luck

In a feature article on trial lawyers and the rituals they engage in as they try to win their cases, the New York Times reports on Peter E. Quijano:

For three straight days while awaiting a verdict in the recent terrorism trial of his client Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, Mr. Quijano ordered a cheddar burger and bloody mary from the same waitress in the same booth at the Whiskey Tavern on Baxter Street.

Mr. Quijano, as he did in that case, also tries to insert the name of his Scottish terrier, Watson, into summations.

The Scottie News finds it interesting that while many radical Muslims shun drink and dogs, they don’t seem to mind hiring bloody mary-drinking, dog-hugging lawyers to get them off. In this case, however, neither the booze nor the mention of Watson, a fine looking Scottie to be sure, helped. “Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the first former Guantánamo Bay camp detainee to be tried in the civilian court system, was sentenced to life in prison in January 2011 for his role in the 1998 bombings of two United States Embassies in East Africa.”

3 thoughts on “To win cases, trial lawyer mentions his Scottish Terrier

  1. Are you able to provide an in-depth report on what exactly was said about Watson? Scottie News would be most grateful.

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