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I have a confession: I had no idea that Chunk Palmer was attending law school, did you? If there was any doubt, it certainly cleared up this week because he represented his first client. All by himself. As a “student defender.” Without an actual law license. Or a bar card. In federal court. Fighting charges involving copyright infringement and selling counterfeit merchandise. Dang. Nothing like whetting your teeth on a federal criminal trial.

To be fair, Chunk, the “witness whisperer” on the CBS drama “Bull,” is apparently participating in a law school clinic where he is (allegedly) being supervised by a professor and a licensed attorney, yet viewers never see these supervisors or get even the tiniest hint that either is providing any oversight whatsoever. But hey, Chunk says the “city thinks he’s good enough” to represent a criminal client—and he’s certainly confident—so what’s the worst that can happen? (How about this: a 10-year prison sentence for your client.)

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