THE DEFENSE OF THE WHITE-COLLAR ACCUSED
Harris B. Steinberg
The trial of a white-collar case, as I have been led to understand the term, is not necessarily one having anything to do with haberdashery--the haberdashery of either the defendant or his lawyer--but is rather one involving a crime such as tax fraud, stock fraud, mail fraud, customs fraud, or one or another of the more subtle, more complex types of cases arising out of business activity, where the defendant, until his indictment, has usually been a respected--or at least a previously unapprehended--citizen. The special features of such trials, after all the preliminaries are over and one is about to pick a jury, are the subject of this paper.
First, I should like to go back to what may properly be considered a preliminary but which, even so, merits a further word. That is the subject of fees.
In this sphere of white-collar crimes, it presents more than ordinary difficulties. The receipt of a proper fee brings with it the relaxed feeling that one is free to turn one's entire attention to the real adversary--the prosecution--rather than being continuously plagued with bickerings and____________________