It’s a simple question

Beginning mid-August, I left a number of messages for Assemblyman Van Tran’s staff in his Sacramento office and Orange County office.  I asked two simple questons: has the Assemblyman EVER represented Councilman Andy Quach as his lawyer? And if so, in what sort of legal proceeding?

After we published the YouTube file with the audio transcript of Van Tran telling Westminster police he was Quach’s lawyer, I called again.  I still don’t have a call back (and I don’t expect one). 

I also reached Councilmember Quach on his cell phone. I identified myself and told him I had two short questions.  And I aksed him the same thing; has Van Tran ever represented you as a lawyer in any legal proceeding? The councilman suddenly couldn’t hear me and hung up the phone.  No call back (perhaps these two need to meet to get their story straight). Must have been his phone as I was calling from a landline.

It’s likely that Assemblyman Tran didn’t break the law by identifying himself as Quach’s lawyer even though another lawyer bailed out Quach later that morning.  But my legal sources tell me it’s not ethical to say your someone’s lawyer when you’re not.

So Mr. Tran, Mr. Quach..the comment section is yours.  If Van Tran has ever represented Andy Quach as a lawyer, please spell it out for us.  Because by not responding to a legitimate question, the Assemblyman just comes off as a liar.

Photo below is Quach’s lawyer; and he looks nothing like Van Tran!

  1 comment for “It’s a simple question

  1. Anon
    October 26, 2009 at 8:12 am

    You don’t have to have represented someone in a legal proceeding to be someone’s lawyer.

    All you have to do is provide legal advise on any number of issues. Also, it is not uncommon for some people to have multiple lawyers that deal with specific issues. You wouldn’t want a business lawyer to represent you in a criminal proceeding.

    I’m sure Andy has asked Van legal questions over the years, and Van has probably answered them. In the eyes of the courts, simply answering a few questions is a enough to create a lawyer/client relationship.

    It doesn’t take much to be someone’s lawyer. This question is pretty ridiculous. There are other issues related to this event that are more troublesome.

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