Interviews
Interview - Leigh Johnson


Interview: Leigh Johnson - 30th November 1997
(exceprt and credit - NineMSN - Sunday)

 

JOHNSON:
Am I a target for the Law Society?

DALLEY:
Yeah.

JOHNSON:
Completely, and I've been a target for years. Which is why the star witness, Ms Coghlan, went to them in the first place, because she knew that where nobody else would listen to her, that they would listen to her.

DALLEY:
But many in the legal profession aren't surprised Leigh Johnson might be the focus of attention. Criminal defence lawyers tend to raise eyebrows in the profession, often looked down on as the bottom feeders, their clients some of the most despised in the community. But having carved out a career defending the seemingly indefensible, Leigh Johnson has raised more eyebrows than most.

With clients such as convicted Anita Cobby murderer, Gary Murphy; Milperra massacre bikie, Glen Eaves [ph.sp.]; convicted bank robber, Julie Cashman, once dubbed the Angel of Death, escapee and drug dealer, Ian Sexton [ph.sp.]; and Dr Victor Chang's killers.

But in the conservative world of the legal profession, it was Johnson's up-front style and media savvy as much as her client list that brought her both prominence and opprobrium.

DALLEY:
She is a very controversial figure in the profession, isn't she?

SIR LAWRENCE STREET - FORMER NSW SUPREME COURT JUDGE:
Well, part of the skills of the criminal advocate are flamboyance, the Thespian skills ... many of them are actors ... Rumpole hasn't got the field to himself, and that tends to generate a degree of controversy. I think many of them would view her with a degree of circumspection, because she is flamboyant.

DALLEY:
Much of the controversy comes from her ever ready grabs for media on the courtroom steps, often publicly deriding the prosecution and police in a case.

...[File tapes]...

JOHNSON:
... because he was afraid for his life? Possibly from even police themselves because of the knowledge that he has.

JOHNSON:
... and so that there's some sinister reason why the police didn't carry out the tests properly.

...[End file tapes]...

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