In the wake of his highly publicized and provocative interview with actor Robert Blake, last night Piers Morgan continued to conversation. The host sat down with the former lawyer of the "Baretta" star to discuss the mental state of his one-time client. Tom Mesereau briefly defended Blake when he was tried for the 2001 murder of his wife before the attorney and actor parted ways.
Morgan played Mesereau a clip from the contentious interview, where Blake said "I think I'm sort of a mutation, or a sub-species" when questioned about his sanity.
The host asked Mesereau if he ever questioned his client's sanity while representing him. Mesereau defended Blake:
"No, I didn't," Mesereau stated matter-of-factly. He went on to explain "I mean, he was troubled, he was hurt, he'd been through 11 months in Los Angeles county jail– much of it in isolation. Terrible food, terrible conditions– you can't sleep, you can't get the medication you need. He was at an advanced age, he was wrongfully accused– I don't blame him for being terribly upset, but I never questioned his sanity."
"Was he acting at all last night?" Morgan asked. "Some people have said to me...he's a great actor, putting on a great performance to try and put himself back into the public domain."
Mesereau once again came to the defense of Blake:
"I don't think he was acting, I think he was being himself," Mesereau asserted. "I thought he was very expressive– he even said himself at one point he may have overreacted to some of your questions, a little bit. And he's a human being– so, no I don't blame him."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Mesereau defends his former client.