As incredible as it sounds, at least at this point Briggs is doing the correct thing (NOT commenting on a pending legal matter) and Sylvia Nobel (and I've met the woman, she is a top-rated kook) is trying to make sure the case is tried in the court of public opinion. Doe-eyed, fawning journalists looking for the next red-meat story aren't subject to such things as rules of evidence and cross-examination, which is why we won't know what the correct outcome is until the suit is settled. Briggs is hardly the only one walking away from Real Estate investments, by the way, nor the only one (lawyer or otherwise) being bankrupted by the housing crisis. The $15,000 in political contributions attached to his wife is almost certainly something done by the firm she works with - and I believe she's a lobbyist as well? That would make it even more logical. But Briggs has been painted with the brush most easily applied, that of the public smear. An educated public might see through this, but one continuously bombarded by poor educational standards and a belief in canary-colored "journalism" will continue to embrace the papers, at least until the stain starts to get on them. I prefer to look towards those held accountable, rather than those who can toss around accusations while hiding behind the sheild of "journalism" to avoid having to support their accusations.