Remember Kendall Coffey? Hes the former U.S. attorney with a history of losing huge cases, among other things. Coffey was the lead lawyer working to keep Elián González stateside. Strike one. As a prosecutor, he lost the largest government drug case in history (75 tons of nose candy, worth $2 billion). Strike two. He also worked for Al Gore during the recount in the presidential voter boondoggle of 2000 and we know how that turned out. Strike three. Outside the courtroom, his efforts have been similarly thwarted. Coffey thought the age-old adage Theres no sex in the champagne room didnt include a nibble on lap-dancing strippers. He infamously bit a pole dancers arm in 1996 and, not surprisingly, lost his job soon after.
To his credit, Coffey remains in the public eye now that hes in private practice. Hes still a commentator for CNN, and now hes turning his media experience into a career as an author. His new book, Spinning the Law: Trying Cases in the Court of Public Opinion, explores the increasing importance of winning over the masses (though he did little of that himself). Coffey will be served at Books & Books this Monday at 6:30 p.m. The reading is free. Call 305-442-4408 or visit booksandbooks.com.
Mon., Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., 2010