Why DeGuerin?

Is anyone wondering why attorney Dick DeGuerin is allowed inside the compound when a qualified attorney named Wayne Martin has been in the thick of things since the first second?

It seems to me this little vignette tends to magnify how ludicrous our legal system has gotten.

I know we have an abundance of lawyers in this country, but enough is enough. That the FBI caved in to DeGuerin is almost shameful.

The facade seems to imply Martin is unfit to practice law. If so, why is he called a lawyer? Unless they’re all unfit and we the people haven’t realized it yet.

J.D. Emery

West

Read the Tribune-Herald's 7-part investigative series on the inner workings of the Branch Davidians. Hours after Part 2 appeared in print, the ATF raided the group's compound.

Read the Tribune-Herald’s account of the ATF raid on the Branch Davidian compound on Feb. 28, 1993. Four ATF agents and six in the compound were killed in the gunfight.

Read the daily news accounts of the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Elk, which began Feb. 28 and lasted until April.

April 19 and beyond: FBI agents began inserting canisters of tear gas into the Branch Davidian compound in the early morning hours. By noon, it was on fire.

Federal officials left the compound site in late May 1993. As identifications of bodies continued, questions about the survivors, the compound and the cult itself began to emerge.

As the world began to take a critical look back at the events and legal proceedings continue, the ATF's bombshell report forces a shakeup at the top after the raid gone "tragically wrong."

In 1994, the surviving Davidians went on trial in San Antonio. Over six weeks, more than 140 witnesses testified, with the verdict coming just two days prior to the anniversary of the ATF raid.

The Rodenville shootout and the 1988 trial, the end of the world in 1959 and more stories from deep in the Trib archives.