Michael V. Black
Attorney At Law
Certified Specialist in Criminal Law,
Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
Book AppearancesCoyotes and Town Dogs, Earth First! and the Environmental Movement, by Susan Zakin
After Moore-Silver's performance, a veritable Rockettes chorus line of defense attorneys lined up at the podium to make their opening statements. The first to speak was Mike Black, a former Miami federal prosecutor who had become a drug lawyer in Phoenix. Black was a tough, garrulous good old boy from South Dakota who had taken Peg Millett's case because she reminded him of his little sister, a speech therapist also named Peggy...
Black promised to mount a true nineties defense. Part of his entrapment argument was based on the fact that Peg Millett was the child of an alcoholic. By claiming to be a recovering drunk in search of help, Mike Fain exploited her vulnerability...
In any case, Black resembled nothing so much as an elder brother defending his baby sister against a gang of hoodlums...
Excerpt from Coyotes and Town Dogs, Earth First! and the Environmental Movement, by Susan Zakin, published 1995, page 427.
Dead Ringer: An Insider's Account of the Mob's Colombian Connection, by William Gately and Yvette Fernandez
Fink thanked the jury and took his seat, ceding to his colleagues.
"Thank you, Mr. Fink," said Judge Broomfield. "Mr. Black."
Black's lead position in the closing argument line-up packed a strong punch.
Throughout the trial it was Michael Black who had refrained from using the smoke-and-mirrors tactic employed by Zuñiga and Moore, and had primarily stuck to the issues. It was Black who worried Fraley and was the one he respected the most. Fink shot Fraley a glance as Fraley watched the clean-shaven, statuesque and impeccably well-dressed attorney eloquently present his case.
"This is my opportunity to speak to you this afternoon, on behalf of Frank Díaz. And it's a difficult task. It's a difficult task because you folks have been bombarded in the media with all sorts of claims about cocaine, Colombians - and you don't even know if Frank Díaz is from Colombia. All you have is a driver's license the government claims is false, where he has an address in New Jersey."
Excerpt from Dead Ringer: An Insider's Account of the Mob's Colombian Connection, by William Gately and Yvette Fernandez, published 1994 by Dutton Adult, page 274.