Should you find yourself arrested, you'd want a good solicitor. One with a gift for persuasion, because you'd like to not go to jail. Such a man is Evan O'Dwyer. He got his client off and then some.
Thomas Cunningham was charged with causing bodily harm to his father. He murdered his da, or so the prosecutors believed, but until all the evidence was in hand, they went with the bodily harm business so that they could get Mr. Cunningham into custody.
Ah, sure and it's unfair, says Mr. O'Dwyer. In custody since August, M'lud, and such a slight charge against the lad. My client's right to liberty is more important than State Pathologist Dr. Cassidy's overburdened schedule. Just because she can't get the papers to the court in a decent span of time shouldn't be held against this poor young lad.
Out the door went Thomas Cunningham, Jr., but he was quickly re-arrested on another charge. Outrageous, says the solicitor, to arrest my client for the sole purpose of keeping him in custody after the District Court said he could go. Abusing the system, they are, and the man shouldn't be punished in this manner.
Out the door and out of the country went Thomas Cunningham, Jr. Later, the gardai had the paperwork they needed to arrest him on more serious charges that would have kept him behind bars until the trial, but Mr. Cunningham was no fool and he saw the writing on the wall. Wiser by far to not try his luck a third time.
My client is indeed out of the jurisdiction, says Mr. Evan O'Dwyer when the gardai came looking for Mr. Cunningham. Flew the coop, to use a cliche that may or may not indicate the use of an airplane in making his getaway.
You have to be in awe of a man with such persuasive power, to convince Judge David Anderson twice in the same day to turn a murderer loose.