Meet gay beating suspect’s douchebag lawyer

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When Dorian Moragne did his perp walk into Atlanta police headquarters on Friday, he had in tow criminal defense attorney Jay Abt. If you didn’t already suspect Moragne was a douchebag, Abt will help. While his new client – Moragne’s been busted in Fulton County at least four other times, so he might be a repeat customer for Abt – was getting questioned by police investigators, Abt held court outside with TV cameras. Typically, criminal defense attorneys don’t want their clients talking to the press. With Abt, Moragne really should consider whether he wants his attorney talking to the media. Let’s take a look at Abt’s statements, which stoked the flames of a case that’s gained national attention. “My client is just like any other person in our wonderful country. He has a presumption of innocence.” That’s true. Moragne (top photo) has only been charged and still has a probable trial to face. But his lengthy criminal history won’t help. Neither will the video of the crime in which his client allegedly joined with Christopher Deon Cain (second photo) and other suspected gang members to attack Brandon White outside a Southwest Atlanta grocery store just because the 20-year-old man is gay. “I am not going to comment on the evidence of the case.” Not surprising. Criminal defense attorneys often won’t rehash the case against their client in the media, particularly this early in the process. “I am saying that Mr. Moragne did not commit a hate crime.” Wait, we thought you weren’t going to comment on the evidence? The U.S. Attorney and FBI will be pleased to know that they can stop investigating this as a possible federal hate crime case. But what about the video? You know, the one where the men attacking White are calling him a “faggot.” Repeatedly. On a video they made of the attack and posted online. “Mr. Moragne does not have a hateful bone in his body.” Really? See above, especially the part about yelling “faggot.” And fast forward to the part in the video where one of the men throws a tire on White and then another punches him in the head with his own cell phone. “I am on his behalf extending an olive branch to the LGBT community.” And where, exactly, would you like the LGBT community to put that olive branch? Folks will offer some creative suggestions.

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