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July 24, 1992 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-07-24

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Attorney Represents
Notorious Criminals

JENNIFER FINER

Jewish News Intern

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FRIDAY, JULY 24, 1992

ome people have a lot
of contempt for the
clients Jewish at-
torney Lawrence Kaluzny
spends his time defending.
Many are angered by con-
fessed serial killer Leslie
Williams.
Mr. Kaluzny, 51, has often
been asked how he can rep-
resent criminals like Mr.
Williams.
"People have to under-
stand Leslie Williams is not
the first person to commit a
horrible crime," Mr. Kaluz-
ny said. "I am human and I
can feel sorry for crime vic-
tims, but I have to step back
and say my role is to repre-
sent my client. I am not
there to judge them — that
would be wrong and unfair
to my client. Everyone is en-
titled to the best representa-
tion possible."
Between 50-70 percent of
Mr. Kaluzny's cases are
court appointed, including
the Williams case. The rest
of his caseload comes from
his private practice in
Bingham Farms.
There are many people
who do not agree that a con-
fessed killer is entitled to a
strong defense, but Mr.
Kaluzny says he has not
received any negative feed-
back or threats.
"I hope people will under-
stand I am going to vigor-
ously defend my clients and
they should also understand
I can do it ethically," he
said.
Mr. Kaluzny speaks
modestly about the notoriety
the media attention has
brought him because of the
Leslie Williams case. There
have been times when
strangers approach him to
talk about the case because
they recognize him from
television as Leslie
Williams' attorney.
Since his client's arrest in
May, Mr. Kaluzny often
receives 20-30 calls a day
from the media, including
UPI, "A Current Affair" and
CNN, all asking him to
discuss the Williams case.
He readily agrees, but has
declined an offer to write a
book.
"I'd be lying if I said I did
not get a kick out of the no-
toriety because I like seeing
the reaction of my family,
but I am still taking out the
garbage," he said.
Although Lesile Williams
is the only serial killer Mr.

Lawrence Kaluzny:
Notorious clients.

Kaluzny has seen charged in
Oakland County, he has rep-
resented some of the coun-
t y ' s most notorious
criminals including Steven
Szeman, who pleaded guilty
in 1990 to the rapes of 10
women, and Bruce Micheals,
convicted in 1990 of kidnap
ping and killing Wanda and
Glen Tarr of Rochester Hills.
"I do not keep track of
statistics from my cases," he
said. "I represent my clients
and then whatever the ver-

"I'd be lying if I said
I did not get a kick
out of the
notoriety."

Lawrence Kaluzny

dict is, I move on. It is not a
situation of calculating wins
and losses."
According to Mr. Kaluzny,
being a court-appointed at- --
torney is not easy.
"In many situations your
client distrusts you because
you are court- appointed. My
attitude is, I treat their case
the same as someone who
comes into my office and
hires me to represent them."
Mr. Kaluzny had riot_
always planned on being an
attorney. In fact, he received
a degree in education from
Wayne State University and
went on to teach before go-
ing to law school when he
was 28.
Once he graduated, Mr.
Kaluzny was unsure about (-
what he wanted to do, so he'
went to work in the Oakland
County prosecutor's office,

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