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A criminal defense attorney was slashed across the face with a razor by his own client this morning, about 10:20 a.m., according to a statement by the San Diego County Superior Courts.

Attorney Bill Burgener was cut on the cheek by his client, Eduardo Macias, according to spokeswoman Karen Dalton.

Eduardo Macias is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, 180 pounds, an Hispanic male who was booked into jail on February 28, 2011, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's website. Macias is currently held in San Diego's downtown Central jail on a "detainer hold" and is "not eligible for release." The Sheriff, who controls prisoners in San Diego County, lists the allegations against Macias as attempted murder and conspiracy and assault with a deadly weapon by a prisoner.

Today's alleged assault occurred in San Diego's downtown courthouse, during a trial before the Honorable Judge Peter C. Deddeh, and a jury. There were also approximately 20 high school students in the room, who were observing the court on a school field trip, according to spokeswoman Karen Dalton.

The judge and jury were said to be hearing a three-defendant trial regarding an alleged prison assault. The other two defendants were named as Polina and Quinteros.

"Judge Deddeh has conferred with the attorneys involved and has recessed the trial for today," according to spokeswoman Karen Dalton. "All parties and the jurors will return tomorrow to Department 25 at 9:30AM to decide whether or not to continue the trial."

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Visduh Dec. 13, 2012 @ 8:08 p.m.

A wonderful civics lesson in how the real world can go awry for those high schoolers! Surely this will result in a mistrial and the appointment of a new defense attorney. If you should be that new attorney, maybe you need to invest in a hockey mask.


Burwell Dec. 13, 2012 @ 9:25 p.m.

The County is probably legally liable for the attorney's injuries. The prisoner should have been thoroughly searched before being permitted to enter the courtroom.


SurfPuppy619 Dec. 13, 2012 @ 10:23 p.m.

Where did this dirtbag get the $$$ for a privately retained defense attorney, in a felony case??????? Felony cases can easily run 6 figures with a retained lawyer.

Bill seems like a decent guy, but he has some obvious mistakes regarding the law on his website, specifically that a criminal conviction that has been expunged- an "expungement" -will be able to stop a state licensing agency from denying a professional license, it does not and he should know that.


The inmates are searched usually very good- the question is how he was able to get a razor, those are very strictly monitored in the jail.


monaghan Dec. 14, 2012 @ 8:19 p.m.

I hear speculation that these guys were HOPING for a mistrial which may explain their slasher-behavior. (It was denied today by the judge.) And no one has mentioned that they were Mexican mafia. Why not? The slashee was a Public Defender and he was back today in court, offering to discharge his duties to the slasher. (What a bunch of Mother Teresas those PDs are.) What I want to know is: why, in the first place, are we trying dirtbag slimeball prison inmates for crimes they commit in jail? Why not just lock 'em up longer and throw away the key?(Don't tell me it has something to do with the U.S. Constitution.) And what genius/co-conspirator failed to shackle and manacle these guys in the courtroom? He should be looking at unemployment.


SurfPuppy619 Dec. 14, 2012 @ 10:34 p.m.

The lawyer is not a public defender, unless he is under contract with the alternate defender's office, which has pretty lousy contract lawyers.


monaghan Dec. 16, 2012 @ 10:53 p.m.

SurfPuppy is right: the lawyer was not a Public Defender; his name came from a list of subs.


SurfPuppy619 Dec. 17, 2012 @ 9:12 a.m.

Again, I don't know what you mean by "subs". The PD has their own hired attorneys, so does the Alternate PD. When there are multiple defendants in a single trial where there may be a conflict the Alternate PD or Office of Assigned Counsel can come in, the lawyers working at the OAC are awful. Experienced criminal lawyers know OAC is incompetent. I don't know what the county is paying the OAC contract attorneys, but I am fairly certain it is going to be a very low contract rate, which denies the client effective representation in most cases because theOAC contract lawyers don't do jack shit b/c of the pay-that is my feeling. If you know what a contract lawyer is being paid monaghan let me know......Contract attorneys working death penalty cases out of San Quentin are only paid $75 an hour, much less than your GED educated CA cop.


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