Madison County trial attorney and the former head of the influential Lakin Law Firm was indicted yesterday on federal charges of drugs and sex with minors. I've written about him and the accusations in the past, but sort of forgot about it because so much time has elapsed. Yesterday I noticed many hits on the blog coming from people doing google searches for "Lakin" and figured something must have happened. Sure enough.
He was released on a $250,000 bond, had to relinquish his passport, but could still go to any of his several homes across the country including one in California and another in Florida. Lakin has always been a power player in local, state and federal politics, having been a big donor to most democratic "names". The one line in the Post-Dispatch story today that tickled me was this from another powerful Metro East attorney, Rex Carr: "He's done a lot of good for the political community."
The good really depends on which side of the fence you're on, or who's ox is being gored.