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Matt Steffey Pops Off About Karen Irby, And Gets It Wrong, As Usual

Nonlawyer Matt Steffey continues to break his own record for utterly stupid statements.  In yet another Jimmie Gates article, the learned professor weighs in heavy on Karen Irby’s claim that she was being assaulted by Stuart Irby as she was driving.  She contends that this attack is what led her to enter the oncoming lane of traffic and strike another vehicle.

Professor Neverhandledacriminalcaseinhislife dismissed the claims:

Absent of corroboration, I have to take all these things with a grain of salt.

This single sentence demonstrates once again that Matt Steffey is exactly where he needs to be–in a classroom setting far away from a courtroom where he might hurt somebody.  The fact of the matter is that there was corroboration of her story.  Her story is corroborated by (1) the manner in which the accident happened; (2) a rate of speed which is inconsistent with alcohol impairment; (3) simple biomechanics and principles of human reaction; and (4) Stuart’s well-documented history violence against Karen and at least one of the children–a fact that has been verified by law enforcement.

These facts have been well-publicized in media outlets, and it seems likely that Steffey would have known about these facts before he opened his blowhole.  The problem with Steffey is that he doesn’t understand the importance of these facts.  In other words, he does not understand that these facts could very well have convinced a jury to acquit Ms. Irby.  The reason he does not understand why these facts are important is because (1) Steffey is not a lawyer; (2) he has never handled a criminal case in his life; and (3) and never tried a jury trial of any type or nature.

I understand that reasonable legal minds could differ over whether Ms. Irby’s claims are true.  For example, the Hinds County District Attorney’s office does not believe Ms. Irby’s version of events, and points to other evidence of her guilt.  That’s a legitimate argument.  It’s also an argument that the prosecutors are qualified to make.  Unlike Steffey, these prosecutors (1) have a license to practice law; (2) actually practice criminal law; (3) have trial trial experience; and (4) reviewed the evidence of the case in great detail.

On the other hand, Steffey’s pronouncement of a total lack of corroboration is just ignorant.  If anything should be taken with a grain of salt, it is Matt Steffey’s opinion on anything even remotely related to law.  If anyone out there knows Steffey personally, or happens to care about him, please tell him to shut up for his own good.  The more he talks, the more he looks like a clueless bafoon to the rest of the legal community.


“Do You Go By ‘Professor Steffey’ Or ‘Captain Obvious?'”

Today’s Clarion-Ledger graces us with more “expert” legal commentary from Mississippi College law professor Matt Steffey.

The short story is that after 9/11, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi began investigating possible links to terrorism in the district (as they should have).  The investigation focused on convenience stores, many of which were owned by persons of Middle Eastern descent.

The agents ultimately found no terror-related activity, but did discover other criminal acts relating to the sale of pseudoephedrine, which is a precursor to the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Rather than focus on the illegal activity itself, the article discusses the obligatory (yet apparently baseless) claims that law enforcement engaged in racial profiling when it decided to investigate the convenience stores.

To explain the concept of racial profiling to us ignorant readers, Clarion-Ledger reporter Jerry Mitchell taps Professor Matt Steffey to give us some in-depth legal analysis of the issue.  Says Steffey:

“[there are] serious constitutional and statutory issues raised by targeting people on the basis of national origin or race.  If race simply coincided with the investigation, that’s something else.  But if they were targeted because of national origin, that’s unlawful and a very serious racial profiling case that would be disturbing to a lot of people.”

Well thanks a lot, Captain Obvious.  If they were targeted because of their race, that’s bad; but if their race was just a coincidence, then it’s cool.  That may just be a frontrunner for the “no-s&*t statement of the month.”   Something tells me that most readers knew that already, even without the crack legal analysis from expert Steffey.

Apparently, Steffey has ordained himself an expert on Mississippi criminal law.  He has been quoted on several high-profile criminal cases by local media, including The Clarion-Ledger and WLBT.  He’s even gone so far as to give his opinion on trial tactics and strategy.

The problem with Steffey’s “expert” analysis is that he is not an expert on criminal law.  This is readily apparent by his usually lame comments, most of which are similar in quality to the one cited above.

The fact is Steffey simply does not have the experience necessary to offer an opinion on any aspect of Mississippi law.  As reported by Kingfish at Jackson Jambalaya, “Steffey is not licensed to practice law in Mississippi,…has not practiced law [anywhere] since he was fresh out of law school and has been a professor for 20 years or so.”  Kingfish’s take on Steffey can be found here:

Expert? I report, you decide.

Legal Expert or Media Hound?

Concerning Matt Steffey

To my knowledge, Steffey, in the brief time he actually practiced law, never handled a criminal case.  Furthermore, he’s never tried a case of any type in any court.  That’s what makes his pontifications, especially on trial strategy, worthless.  Whenever I hear him talk about strategy or how a ruling impacts the defense of a case, I always wonder: “How the hell would he know?”  Shouldn’t one actually try a jury trial, before giving opinions on how to handle a jury trial?

Keep these facts in mind the next time you read or hear Steffey offering his “expert” commentary on criminal law.

Jackson, Mississippi Criminal Defense Attorney Curt Crowley