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How USC´s Josh Shaw has access
to high-profile lawyer is unknown

Los Angeles Times, by David Wharton

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Posted By:Fiesta del sol, 8/30/2014 6:19:00 AM

Among the many questions swirling around the Josh Shaw story at USC, one more has popped up. How does a college athlete end up with a high-profile lawyer whose client list has included Rihanna and Snoop Dogg? Shaw, who lied about how he injured both ankles last weekend and has been suspended indefinitely from the team, is being represented by Los Angeles attorney Donald Etra. "I do not discuss financial agreements between me and my clients publicly," Etra said when asked about how or if he is being paid. "It´s a privacy issue and a matter of professional ethics." Attorneys

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Keekng, 8/30/2014 6:42:46 AM     (No. 9986874)

There are plenty of well heeled alums from USC who would cough up big bucks to support the football program.
Winning isn´t everything but losing sucks.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/30/2014 6:47:00 AM     (No. 9986877)

These "high profile" lawyers come out of the woodwork and volunteer their services whenever they smell a lot of media publicity. And maybe some sort of bogus lawsuit.

Think Gloria Allred...

And in Shaw´s case there may be a burglary (or attempted burglary) involved.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: pineledger, 8/30/2014 6:52:20 AM     (No. 9986881)

This one never passed the smell test.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 8/30/2014 7:41:09 AM     (No. 9986910)

FTA:

Attorneys often seek out clients in the public eye, be they football players, actors or politicians. The publicity is good for business.

And when it comes to college athletes accepting such help, the NCAA sets a standard that seems tricky to prove.

Rule 16.02.3 permits student-athletes to receive pro bono legal service from an outside agency provided the service is not based on the player´s athletic ability and would be offered to non-athletes.


Etra volunteered. Pro bono. Business may be slow. Those high-profile cases mentioned were a while ago.

Etra is a criminal defense attorney. Shaw is implicated in an attempted burglary at the Orsini Apartments. He lives there, supposedly with a another football player, and his girlfriend lives there also. He and the girlfriend lied about his whereabouts, although she is the one who fingered him as matching the description of a big guy in dreadlocks scaling a balcony at the apartments. Just after a woman screamed.

Police department says no charges pending, but police department also continues its investigation. An onion-peeling exercise as they try to get to the facts, which attorney Etra is now trying to obscure by forbidding his client to talk with the police.

Somehow Shaw looks more guilty of some criminal act with the entry of Etra and his restrictions on his being forthcoming.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: NYBruin, 8/30/2014 8:30:52 AM     (No. 9986949)

Yet another criminal - errr, alleged criminal - in the USC football program. Orenthal must be proud of this latest one.

Fight On! LOL

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jackie, 8/30/2014 8:53:47 AM     (No. 9986980)

Did the privileged black boy scream racist before or after the lawyer?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: snapper451, 8/30/2014 9:25:59 AM     (No. 9987016)

A certain rapper, married to Beyoncé , is now a thug sports agent. He probably has the kid signed already and got him the lawyer to protect his investment. USC is among the most crooked programs in college football (see Reggie Bush and how his family got a house to live in).

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jhpeters2, 8/30/2014 9:31:54 AM     (No. 9987031)

Josh Shaw didn´t scream "RACIST!" That was another player on the same team that called his coach (Sarkissian) a racist in a tweet. Hollywood take note; this has the makings of a soap opera.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: CaptainLibra, 8/30/2014 10:00:13 AM     (No. 9987054)

I thought all of those USC thugs had a pocket full of walking around money (courtesy of rich alumni) to pay retainer fees for such things. Reggie Bush never had a problem in this regard.

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