A COMPLETECOLORADO.COM EDITORIAL|
Oct 8th, 2008
THE ODD CONNECTION BETWEEN A GANGSTER, A BRONCOS RISING STAR, AND A DENVER ATTORNEY
As was famously discovered on January 04th, 2007, Brian Hicks' SUV was impounded by Denver Police because it was believed to have been used in the drive-by killing of Darrent Williams. Now, a Denver grand jury has handed up 39 counts against known gangster Willie Clark (no relation to Lonnie Clark). According to published reports, Willie Clark and Brian Hicks were "elite" associates in the "Tre Tre" crips gang.
But the strangest of ironies continues to this day. Hicks is defended by attorney Harvey Steinberg. And Steinberg is the attorney-du-jour for nearly every Bronco that has a legal question or problem. Steinberg has represented John Lynch, Brandon Marshall, Todd Sauerbraun, head coach Mike Shannahan, and most recently, Travis Henry. In fact, Steinberg successfully got the attempted murder charges that Lonnie Clark wanted to see brought to justice dropped in district court.
Although Steinberg can't be blamed for getting Hicks freed from the attempted murder charges, (he was afterall, just representing his client to the best of his ability) it was just one more reminder of who was the winner, and who was the ultimate loser in this battle. Every time Lonny Clark lost, silence won.
The strange attorney twists don't end there. In something reminiscent of the Clinton White House conspiracy theories over the suicide of aide Vince Foster, Willie Clark's first attorney, Michael Andre, committed suicide after a standoff with Denver Police.
Brian Hicks and Willie Clark deserve the best representation they can get. Our justice system depends on every defendant receiving adequate representation. And it should be made very clear that Harvey Steinberg is not his client list.
But the Broncos have the money to hire any lawyer in town, yet they insist on patronizing the very lawyer who might end up defending someone who is allegedly closely linked to the murder of Darrent Williams? They insist on patronizing someone who defends a gang member who very well may have cast a veil of silence across all of Denver? Technically, no, it is not a conflict of interest. But it's close enough that it should turn the stomachs of those who miss their slain teammate.
Furthermore, does Rosalind Williams (Darrent's mother) know of Steinberg's representation of Brian Hicks? What would (or does) she think about Steinberg also being the go-to attorney for Shannahan, Lynch, Brandon Marshall, etc.?
Because Steinberg rarely returns calls to the media, those reporters who find themselves face-to-face with the attorney should ask him who is paying for his defense of Brian Hicks. If the work is pro-bono, then is it possible that Hicks' defense is being underwritten by the Denver Broncos?
No matter what the case, the Broncos have a higher road clearly before them: they should shake hands and part ways with Steinberg, and they should put forth every effort to somehow memorialize Lonnie Clark's stand for justice. With their six-figure or better salaries, the Broncos could easily put together a small trust fund of 50-thousand dollars or so to help Lonnie Clark's orphaned kids. Without question they should up the reward for information leading to a conviction in Clark's murder in the same way that they increased the reward for information in Darrent Williams' murder. And they should call Clark a hero for standing up to a gangster when no one else would.
Justice for Darrent Williams, if it ever comes, will be hollow without justice for Lonnie Clark.
**END OF EDITORIAL**
This article is an editorial only. It makes no assumptions about the guilt or innocence of ANY crime for any individual named within.