Newest Issue - October 2004

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Chances are you know Todd Melnik, if not by name then cer­tainly by reputation. Melnik is the Los Angeles lawyer who helped get his client exonerated through a television show.

Well, sort of.

Melnik’s client, Juan Catalan, stood accused of a par­ticularly heinous revenge murder. He said he didn’t do it, and had the alibi: He was at a Dodgers game with his daughter. He even had the ticket stubs to prove it–but the LAPD wasn’t buying it. The police department claimed to have eyewitnesses placing Catalan at the scene of the crime, finger on the trigger. What’s a lawyer to do? Go to the videotape.

Catalan, you see, was a Dodger Stadium regular and remembered seeing a crew in his section at the game that night filming the comedic actor Bob Einstein, best known for his bumbling stuntman character Super Dave Osborne. Maybe, just maybe, he had been captured on film.

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