Mike Florio, you have a call on line 1.
Harvey Updyke Jr., the man accused of poisoning the trees at Toomer’s Corner, hasn’t been able keep a lawyer at all — or a trial date — at all. Three attorneys over the past several months have already asked to be removed from Updyke’s case in which he was indicted in May on two counts of criminal mischief, two counts of desecrating a venerable object and two counts of a state law. Now, the Alabama fan’s most recent lawyer has decided he wants to move on as well.
“I just don’t feel I am the person anymore,” said Updyke’s attorney, Glennon F. Threatt, who filed a motion to withdraw as counsel Thursday. “He needs somebody he will trust, and he needs somebody he will listen to.”
Threatt is one of two attorneys representing Updyke, the other being Everett Wess, but it appears Updyke didn’t listen to either one of them when calling in to the Paul Finebaum show last week to apologize for the “damage he’s done“.
That infamous call, as you could imagine, was “strongly against the advice” of his counsel.
Updyke stopped just short of saying he poisoned the trees at Toomer’s Corner, and abruptly exited the show after saying “I guess I’ve said enough. I guess I’ve done enough damage.”
Apparently enough damage to make him lose yet another attorney.