T.J. Lane Lawyer: "What he did in court...was heinous"

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In a recent Cleveland Jewish News profile of Ian N. Friedman, the attorney tasked with defending Chardon shooter T.J. Lane, the Beachwood resident opened up about the hardship of that experience:

“What he did in court, I don’t think you could characterize it as anything but heinous,” Friedman told reporter Carlo Wolff. “It was extremely hurtful for everyone in the courtroom. That case was so tragic that there’s no aspect of that (in which) I could even use the word successful. It was extremely hard."

Friedman has been fighting for criminal representation for much of his career, especially as the head of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He admitted that "even that sort of case" must have legal representation.

A far cry from some readers' views.

The CJN profile chronicles Friedman's personal and legal history — he's an alum of the Cleveland-Marshall School of Law — but is focused on his defense of T.J. Lane, calling it something that tested his ambitions as a lawyer and his love of the profession.

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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