Attorney Pilfers Court Patron’s Wallet

Attorney Charged with Felony Larceny After Being Caught on Camera Helping Himself to Court Patron’s Wallet

By Ken K. Gourdin

On and episode of A&E’s Court Cam, (former?) attorney Steven Patrick MacGilvray is caught on camera helping himself to a court patron’s wallet after the patron neglected to retrieve it after depositing it into a bin in order to pass the entrance’s security checkpoint.

In what, surely, is nothing more than pure coincidence, the wallet was returned without the $1,600 in cash that it originally contained. (“Honest Officer/Your Honor, I have no idea what happened to the victim’s money!”)

For coverage of the incident in North Carolina’s Charlotte News-Observer, see here (this and any other links last accessed June 1, 2020):

Duuude, there are, like, cameras, like, all over the court house. Did you really think you could get away with pilfering money from the victim’s wallet without anyone noticing? Seriously? It’s fairly apparent that what you lack in brains, you make up for in chutzpah.

The Charlotte-Observer story notes, “A post on his LinkedIn page states: ‘Steven’s experience as a former prosecutor has greatly enhanced his ability to assist clients in navigating through the legal process, particularly in resolving a wide variety of misdemeanor and felony criminal cases and traffic-related matters. . . .’” Certainly, now, the same can be said of his experience as a genuine criminal defendant.

Good luck maintaining your law license, Mr. MacGilvray, after you’re charged with, convicted of, and sentenced for felony larceny. On the bright side, though, this episode does seem to lend new meaning to the term “jailhouse lawyer.” No doubt, you’ll be a great asset to your fellow inmates in helping them navigate the unfamiliar—at least to them—terrain of the legal system.

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