Washington-area attorney Robin Ficker has been on a PR blitz of late, proclaiming the innocence of Daron Wint, who police say murdered four people in DC.
“They`ve got the wrong guy,” Ficker told Nancy Grace.
“I will say he didn’t do it,” Ficker told WUSA.
Perhaps most memorably, when asked during another CNN appearance about the police claim that Wint’s DNA was found on pizza ordered to the home, Ficker said Wint “didn’t eat pizza” and that pizza ingredients “have their own distinctive molecules.”
News organizations have been careful to stress that Ficker is Wint’s former attorney, though he told Grace Wint’s “family retained me to go down and talk to him to take their love down to him.”
DC’s Public Defender Service has an important message for Ficker (and, by extension, news organizations), though: You’re not Wint’s attorney. In a statement to WTTG Tuesday, PDS general counsel Julia Leighton said:
“The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) represents Daron Wint. Attorney Robin Ficker does not represent Mr. Wint and Mr. Wint has no intention of hiring Mr. Ficker. Mr. Ficker does not speak for Mr. Wint and he does not speak for Mr. Wint’s PDS attorneys. PDS has no further comment for the press. PDS’s efforts are focused solely on investigation, litigation, and securing a successful outcome for Mr. Wint.”
PDS is not the first Washington institution that had to take extraordinary measures to convince Ficker to stop making noise. The attorney found great fame as a heckler at Bullets/Wizards games but told the Sports Junkies Tuesday that he quit when the team moved downtown and he couldn’t get seats as amenable to heckling as the ones he had before.