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Dutrow Case Lawyer-Speak: 'Looking Forward to It'


By Dick Downey
The Downey Profile

Being an attorney, I can't help but laugh at lawyer-speak sometimes. Here's the latest sample from the Rick Dutrow case that's set to go to trial before the New York Racing and Wagering Board. Regulators seek to permanently revoke the trainer's license.

“Rick is looking forward to this hearing and a favorable resolution of this matter,’’ said attorney Michael Koenig.

Right, babe. Rick may be hoping for a favorable resolution, but I'm betting Dutrow is not "looking forward to this" and would rather be just about anywhere than in a hearing room.

This is serious business. Dutrow is charged with acts of deception, and the rest of his life is on the line. Couldn't the attorney come up with a more believeable comment?

I agree that the lawyer can't say, "Rick is scared to death, and I hope I can get him off," although something like that would be refreshing.

But maybe he could throw out a line that would lead to empathy, like "Rick has devoted his entire life to training horses with great success, and we hope the Board will do justice and allow him to continue in the future."

Let's wait and see what kind of spin is put on this case if Dutrow loses. Does anyone believe "he can't wait for his day in court," paying attorney fees and not working?

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