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Written by Roy Black

Zachary Warren was a master of the universe. At least the legal universe. At 29 a Stanford degree, a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown Law School, a clerkship at the Sixth Circuit and a job at the Wall Street titan Dewey & LeBoeuf. But this legal prodigy made a bonehead mistake any grizzled veteran of the criminal bar educated at a third rate law school would have prevented. He talked to a prosecutor without a lawyer.

Now his dazzling career is in jeopardy by a prosecutor seeking his scalp. One professional career sacrificed for another. The Martha Stewart lesson has not been learned. Another failing of our law schools (Georgetown was ranked #13 in the latest US News poll). The lesson: Stupid people never learn; smart people learn from their mistakes; geniuses learn from other people’s mistakes.

How did this disaster unfold? Warren was called by the SEC and gave them some “background” information about the Dewey implosion of 2012. He was then asked to come to Washington to “assist” them further. When he showed up, a state prosecutor and an FBI agent also attended the meeting . Warren naively still thought he was just “helping” them out. Lambs to the slaughter.

The next call he got: “You’ve been indicted.” Only then did he hire a lawyer. Mr. Warren made the classic mistake of trying to explain, to be helpful and cooperative. If only I told them what happened it would be cleared up. And it ended in disaster, a promising career in flames.

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7 Comments to The Lament of Zachary Warren

  1. Jon May's Gravatar Jon May
    March 17, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Of course, having counsel is no guarantee either. See. e.g. Martha Stewart.

  2. March 17, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Classic. Thinking the prosecutor will be your friend if you’re open and friendly and cooperative. Failing to see the motive behind the handshake, the smile and the cup of coffee. And wondering…just what is the FBI agent doing in the room, listening and taking notes? Good post, Roy.

  3. March 17, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Permalink
  4. March 18, 2014 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    Zachary Warren was a master of in this Universe,Martha Stewart lesson has not been learned. she think Stupid people never learn; smart people learn from their mistakes.The FBI Agent just doing in to the room they listen the music and taking notes.

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