A former medical doctor was convicted of the attempted murder of a California lawyer who opposed him in litigation.
Richard Lee Austin, 68, was convicted on the attempted murder charge. Jurors previously convicted Austin on charges of stalking and trying to kidnap the lawyer. He gave up his medical license after those convictions.
Prosecutors stated that Austin showed up at the lawyer’s office with zip ties, duct tape and a loaded gun. A lawyer for Austin maintained that his client was at the lawyer’s office because he wanted to get her fired.
The litigation involving Austin and the lawyer stemmed from Austin’s arrest in 2008 in an alleged road-rage confrontation with another driver. The other driver sued Austin, and the case settled. Austin then sued his insurer for failing to cover the settlement. Lehavi defended the insurer and won the case. Austin then sued Lehavi, losing that case, too. He was ordered to pay attorney fees in both cases.
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