Drug Dealer’s Defense Lawyer Says Marcellus Workers are Druggies

Here’s a novel defense from a Wheeling, WV defense lawyer whose client was caught selling crack cocaine: blame the Marcellus/Utica drilling industry. Smear the industry by stating workers in the industry are druggies. Why blame the drilling industry? Because someone who works in the industry was used as a “confidential informant” (i.e. a snitch) to expose his client as a drug dealer. The defense lawyer says the only people who work as snitches were caught buying drugs themselves and cut a deal to become a snitch in return for a clean record. Consequently, the lawyer paints the industry with a very broad brush and implies it’s full of drug users…

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