TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on May 3, 2017
The famous Houston criminal defense lawyer Richard “Racehorse” Haynes died on Friday, the ABA Journal reports. Haynes was called “the master of courtroom theatrics,” and was known to have shocked himself with a cattle prod, cross-examined an empty witness chair and even threatened to drive a nail through his hand, all in attempts to prove a point in the courtroom. Haynes represented 40 clients in capital cases and none got death sentences, and he won all but two of 30 “Smith and Wesson divorce” cases, in which women were accused of killing abusive husbands in self-defense. Haynes was 90 years old.