Background: I've covered the Clara Harris "Murder by Mercedes" case extensively, both in the Houston Chronicle, on the radio, and in this blog. As I've previously noted, Clara Harris repeatedly ran over David Harris as David's daughter sat in the front seat, begging Clara not to kill her father. To learn more about the case, see my co-authored column Suppose roles had been reversed in Harris case--Murdered dad deserves sympathy being shown Clara (Houston Chronicle, 1/27/07), In Defense of David Harris (LewRockwell.com, 3/4/03), Convicted Murderess Can Get Custody but Decent Fathers Can't (Houston Chronicle, 9/19/03), or click here. According to the story below, "Murder by Mercedes" killer Clara Harris is suing her former attorney, George Parnham. Clara claims that Parnham "used her case to promote himself and his law firm and overcharged her." She's correct to be outraged, as Clara's motives in killing David were far more pure--revenge and bloodthirst. I wonder if after this case, Harris will also sue Dean M. Blumrosen, her attorney in the civil trial, where she also lost. To learn more about Blumrosen's work in defense of Clara, see my blog post Clara Harris Fires Back at Me in Houston Chronicle. The new article about the lawsuit is below Clara Harris Sues Former Attorney http://www.click2houston.com/news/ February 19, 2008 HOUSTON -- A woman convicted of fatally running over her husband is suing her former attorney, KPRC Local 2 reported Tuesday. Clara Harris claims attorney George Parnham used her case to promote himself and his law firm and overcharged her. Harris said Parnham agreed to represent her for $100,000 plus expenses. She said she has already paid $235,000. Parnham allowed a camera crew to follow him around while he was preparing for the trial. Parnham's attorney said Parnham took out a $90,000 loan to help pay expenses. He said Harris is suing because she is angry that she was found guilty. Harris was sentenced to 20 years in prison after she was convicted of murdering her husband, David, in the parking lot of a hotel in 2002. Harris ran over her husband with her Mercedes Benz after she caught him with another woman. Harris received more than $1 million from her husband's estate. Her former in-laws sued her for wrongful death and won $3.75 million. Opening arguments begin today.
Glenn Sacks, MA for Fathers & Families