The Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association says the criminal indictment against Greenwich attorney Philip Russell for obstructing justice should be dismissed because it sets a bad precedent that could prevent them from effectively representing their clients. Besides, the group says,
"'This is the first time the government is using the Sarbanes-Oxley law against an attorney representing a client,' Schoenhorn said. 'We do not believe this is the purpose of the Sarbanes-Oxley law...'"
And the application of Sarbox to Russell's case, the argument goes, "criminalizes the role of an attorney as a zealous advocate." If the case against Russell moves forward, they say, defense attorneys won't be able to do their jobs well without risking prosecution.