Trump’s legal professionals swapped talking slots on the final minute

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Bruce L. Castor Jr. speaks in the Senate. Senate television

Former President Trump’s lawyers are now arguing in the Senate against the constitutionality of impeachment proceedings.

The attorneys who have pledged to lead Trump’s impeachment team have had a strange experience. David Schoen, a veteran civil and criminal defense attorney, and Bruce L. Castor, Jr., a noted attorney and former Montgomery County, Pennsylvania district attorney, are defending him in the trial.

The lawyers, who both have curious legal careers, joined Trump’s team the day after five members of his defense left, effectively breaking the team down.

Trump’s attorneys are tasked with developing a defense strategy for a former president charged with impeachment of a deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol. If he is convicted, it can also mean that he never holds a federal office again.

For Schön, whose website states that he “focuses primarily on litigating complex civil and criminal cases in judicial and appeals courts,” Trump is just the latest controversial figure his career has taken him in recent years.

Schoen was on the team of attorneys who represented Roger Stone, Trump’s longtime friend and former advisor, when he expressed his beliefs regarding issues Stone raised with the jury. Stone dropped this appeal after the then-president commuted his jail sentence, but before Stone received a full presidential apology for convictions, including the lie of Congress to protect Trump.

Schoen, who has a Masters of Laws from Columbia University and a doctorate in law from Boston College, is chairman of the American Bar Association’s criminal justice subcommittee of the Civil Rights Litigation Committee.

Castor served as District Attorney in Montgomery from 2000 to 2008 before serving two terms as district commissioner, according to a release from Trump’s office.

He was implicated in at least one high profile district attorney when he dismissed prosecution of Bill Cosby in 2005 after Andrea Constand reported the actor inappropriately touched her and cited “insufficient credible and admissible evidence” in his Montgomery County home.

Cosby was later tried and convicted of substance abuse and sexual assault on Constand at his home in 2004 in 2018, though Castor argued during a pre-trial hearing that he had already ordered the state not to prosecute the actor.

Read more about the lawyers here.