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Victim Proposes to Domestic Violence Defendant Through Her Lawyer

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. | Last updated on

It's not every day that a man proposes through his girlfriend's lawyer. This strange scenario unfolded in a New York court last week.

Theodore Murphy proposed to girlfriend Nicole Osbourne by relaying a message through her defense attorney Aurora Flores. Yes, the newly engaged woman was in court that day facing criminal charges.

Would you go the extra mile for your client?

Osbourne is in a strange situation. She was in court over a felony assault charge when Murphy "proposed." But she also faces a separate domestic violence charge.

That charge came with an order of protection. Osbourne could not have any direct or third-party contact with Murphy.

So it seems that Osbourne was charged with some sort of domestic violence against Murphy.

That's why the judge made a point to note that Osbourne's answer couldn't be conveyed back to Murphy. The prosecution then moved to allow non-criminal contact between Murphy and Osbourne.

Osbourne then accepted Murphy's marriage proposal. It was likely one of those rare instances when the prosecution and defense worked together. Perhaps it was all in the name of love.

Osbourne is still in custody. Her bail was set at $2,500 each for the two cases pending against her, according to The Post-Standard.

Attorneys often act as a mediator between clients and other parties. So maybe it makes sense that even a marriage proposal may come from a lawyer.

This begs the question - what is the strangest thing your client has ever asked you to do? And have you ever ended up helping a prospective beau propose to your client?

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