There at the law firm Leo S. Fisher is managing partner. Alecia's husband Andrew Schmuhl, also a lawyer, is also unemployed.
Perhaps their strategy for managing joblessness was to make themselves eligible to be long-term guests of the state. The slammer provides a bed, three squares, and an opportunity to do good (they could assist other inmates with appeals.)
As Staci Zaretsky reports in Abovethelaw.com, allegedly the two forced their way into the managing partner's home in Virgina and stabbed both him and his wife. The victims are in critical condition.
Joblessness is always a distressing situation. When one's field is stagnant, as is the law-firm industry, the jobless can be driven to do unusual things.
The stable might just apply at 7/11 to get a survival job until they figure out what's next. Or, they might choose the physical activity of painting houses, until ...
Those without proven coping skills could turn to myriad forms of retaliation. For several years, a senior associate who did not make partner kept calling the managing director, explaining how he was still struggling. For some oddball reason, the managing partner continued to take the calls.
It could be the Schmuhl couple saw no way out. Lawyers skilled in psychiatric defenses, such as what seemingly got Gigi Jordan off the hook for murder, could be useful to these two. But they have to want a second chance. Maybe that's exactly what they don't want.