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April 30th, 2012
08:02 PM ET

Benjamin Brafman: "I've talked more people out of committing suicide than most psychiatrists in the world"

Coming up this evening on "Piers Morgan Tonight," criminal defense attorney Benjamin Brafman sits down for an enlightening interview, sharing remarkable insight into a career spent working on some of America's most high-profile cases.

With a client roster that features the likes of Michael Jackson, Diddy, Jay-Z, and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Brafman is often tasked with representing people facing dire circumstances:

"I think I've talked more people out of committing suicide than most psychiatrists in the world," says Brafman. "I've had people in my office say to me 'my family would be better off if I were dead.' And I have to bit my tongue and not say 'You're right.'"

Joining the host for a face-to-face sit down, Brafman details the challenges he faces as a defense lawyer, specifically in working white collar cases:

"When you have the government on your tail, it's daunting. It's overwhelming. Most people panic. It's unlike any other adversary. It's the government," explains the man who's represented multiple Mafia members. "It's the United States of America, against 'X.' And the only one standing next to 'X,' is me."

Watch the clip, and tune in this evening at 9 p.m. EST, as the 63-year-old Brafman shares his thoughts on both the Trayvon Martin case, and the John Edwards trial.
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  1. Dr. Diane Bollis, RMFT,

    Mr. Morgan, I xannot find the name of the senator that you interviewed on Monday, April 30/12, a few minutes ago, but I hss to walk away during it. I am a Canadian Liberal, akin to your Democrats, but you embarrassed yourself tonight when you presented like a bantam rooster pecking away at the ankles of a very gracious Great Dane. The senator was repubican, but so gracious and intelligent and far too polite with your inept attempts to chip away at his statements through constant misdirection as you evaded his very intelligent responses to you supercillious, inane and despereate questions. You looked and sounded defensive as you realized that you had bitten off more than you could chew. This gentleman was a class act to your ridiculous, ineffecctual performance. If you are going to continue interrupting people who have interesting things to say, then at least have the grace to be at least as interesting and well-spoken as they are. Or have the good grace to keep your silly mouth shut.

    May 1, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. nancy

    your interview with Ben Brafman was sorely lacking in everything. By the way, the past tense of to spring is sprang, not sprung. You are so insensitive in your interviews. Brafman could have had a lot of interesting things to say. what a waste. You obviously don't know much about being Jewish in NY if you think one of the hardest childhoods in the world is working in the Catskills. "You're one of the 10 most powerful Jews?" That's how you start? You need to go back to the UK. Your interviews are boring, inane and you are silly as Dr. Bollis above says, on an entirely different topic. I never thought I'd miss Larry King. What a surprise. At least he had some humility.

    May 1, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse | Reply

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