Daniel Gitner of Lankler Siffert & Wohl is golden. That's because as trial defense attorney for Rengan Rajaratnam he inflicted on the Preet Bharara team their first loss in insider trading prosecution.
As Staci Zaretsky explains in Abovethelaw.com, Gitner bans haircuts during trials for not only himself but all those working on the trial with him. Here is that ATL coverage.
Gitner is hardly alone in his belief in voodoo. A recent book captures how baked into daily life is superstition. That's "Kidding Ourselves: The Hidden Power of Self-Deception" by Joseph T. Hallinan.
The funny thing is that voodoo works its magic even when human beings are aware they are relying on their belief, not a medication or process. For instance, Hallinan cites research documenting that people given placebos and told they were placebos not the medication under development got well.
Prediction: We will be seeing a lot of too-long hair on lawyers during those kinds of trials which go on for months.
Reflection: Will Bharara adopt the no-haircut rule?