Nikolas Cruz Melisa McNeil

A high-profile defense attorney who worked at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is preparing to take over the case of Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz, 19, who risks losing his public defenders after he lied on a form stating he could not afford to pay his legal fees.

Cruz and his adopted brother stand to inherit $800,000 from the estate of their adoptive mother who died from the flu on Nov. 1.

According to The Blast, Cruz met with a high-profile lawyer at the Broward County Jail for several hours on Saturday.

Security was tight with an armed guard stationed outside the room -- unusual for an attorney-client meeting.

The Blast did not identify the attorney, who is concerned for the safety of his staff and their families.

The attorney is still making arrangements for security for himself and his staff before going public, most likely next week.

According to The Blast's sources, the attorney plans to represent Cruz pro bono -- free of charge. if he signs onto the case, he will assemble a dream team of lawyers from around the country who specialize in death penalty cases.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Wow! Special treatment. This man better be super sick, as opposed to super evil.
    He earned the death penalty but life with zero hope of parole, is fine as well. Just get him off the streets. He can not be around "normal" people.

  • Phillybruh

    This isn't unusual, he is Guilty everyone knows that, but they will try too keep him from the death penalty.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    That Safaree video...?

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I haven't seen it but I heard it would put the average V on crutches..Lol!

  • JRock

    Wait. Not another white privilege case? If my black ass killed a bunch of people, I'm pretty sure a high profile attorney would not represent me for free. Secondly, they would have me selling everything to come up with their fee. Once I've sold everything then they would have me borrowing from relatives. Oh to be black in America; and then there's that other privileged race where you get to keep your $800,000 inheritance and still get top-notch legal representation for free.

  • Phillybruh

    I'm fairly certain the court would appoint you a defense attorney that specializes in death penalty cases.

  • We Can Do This

    Pro Bono. This poor kid was crying for help. Another slap in the face...

  • IamAllnatural

    If you were black & killed a bunch of people, you wouldn’t need an attorney because you would’ve been killed.

  • IamAllnatural

    Wait Huh what??????

  • tintin

    pro bono my a$$ they want that inheritance money.

  • tintin

    it curves.. a curve is what hits my Gspot

  • jrock

    You're right. Now that I think about it, the white cops would have taken me out.

  • Phillybruh

    That 800k is nothing, compared to what they will make when they keep this kid off death row. And its 400k he has a brother.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    the average V on crutches
    That part. It's amazing how many women I have seen acting like it is average. Bish where?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    and that dream team just signed on to an epic fail .... Anyone that defends this one will experience a huge loss.. . Justice will be served and I'm not talking about the justice system of this world.... Your finished .... Let me make this shyt known ... That massacre you call yourself doing was a failed ritual ... Didn't I say vDay has very dark sinister meaning behind it especially for children .... This is ancient dark history .... There is a reason for the color red as well.. . It's the shedding of actual blood... Blood sacrifices ... This time your sacrifices didn't work and hasn't been working for some time now.. .

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    gross... all I got for that balled man with his curve ...

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Yall don't understand. In the Defense attorney world to get and WIN a high profile case means millions in their account even if they don't get off completely but with the least harsh sentence its major for their business... To get off the most hated person in the US currently would be a boost to them. Sad but BIG FACTS...

  • Phillybruh

    But he's not going to get him a not guilty verdict, just keep him off of Death Row and some defense lawyers specialize in that only.


    The narrative that is being attached to this in white community is he was mercelessly bullied by black students over years to include being jumped and assaulted multiple times. That he was repetitivley referred to as a punk ass white boy and a f@??%& (gay slur) ass white boy while being brutilized.

    They are going to try to make this be another racially charged Media
    Spot-light case.Some thing like " Gangs of super preditors tortured him for years and made him snap."

    YEAH.....Good luck with that one

    But we shall see, our justice system is so lop sided, when I think of how George Zimmerman walked, and the narrative was the big strong black boy beat him like a savage.Race will play a factor here, also supposedly his girl friend left him for a black guy, it was this break up that was the supposed last straw.

  • Banka

    A dream team of lawyers for what.? Yeah ok .!!

  • Phillybruh

    But he didn't kill any black kids. They should have been easy too find, in an mostly all white schools they are usually together.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    He can dream is team all he wants. No plea deals! SMH!

  • Ela

    Are we sure his mom died from the flu?

  • NaeNae2015 kill 17 people in cold blood and NOW you start to worry about your future........

  • NaeNae2015

    On a capital murder case, that 800,000 will be eaten up in NO time.

  • Kemi

    Ughhhh they should just stop showing his face!

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Like I said even if they don't get them off but with a lesser sentence it is a win for them. If they get this kid off with a mental incompetent to stand trial that would be epic for them.

  • Jack Blakk

    His adopted parents accounts should be frozen and they should lose their house!

  • Phillybruh

    That only happens on Law & Order. This kid is going away for the rest of his natural life.

  • the guest

    The defense of this killer is unbelievably amazing.

    I mean who does this killer know or related to that he has had such magnificent luck with his representation.

    He lucks up with two free female public defenders who gave oscar worthy performances to the press pleading sympathy on his behalf. They made sure the world knew he was autistic and an adopted orphan (leaving out one with an inheritance). They "overlooked" he had money and that he didn't qualify for their free representation.

    Then he gets caught lying about having enough money for lawyers and is rewarded with free dream team attorneys, and then he is rewarded with unprecedented armed security for his attorney meetings.

    Is this real? He killed 17 kids (white kids in america) in plain sight and he is sympathized, coddled, and protected? Yes, he is entitled to a fair trial but his privileged treatment is over the top blatant and extreme.

    Kalief Browder was ACCUSED of stealing a $5 backpack and was jailed with no due process, tortured, terrorized, beaten, and god knows what else and no one sympathized with or protected him and he didn't do anything except be wrongly accused of a petty $5 theft. AND HE WAS ACTUALLY A MINOR.

    Nikolas Cruz will not be getting the death penalty, will be incarcerated in a medical facility, and he will be freed from prison before his 80th birthday. Watch. They already layed the groundwork for his life and freedom.

  • Sid

    I was thinking the same thing

  • the guest

    Flu is usually code word for other illnesses.

  • Monday

    How convenient they speak about his mother sickness while they are PUSHING the flu shot......

  • Monday

    This will last as long as the Zimmerman case against Trayvon....

  • mona q

    He just doesn't look right about the eyes...

  • the guest

    This racial narrative will turn his white victims into his white allies blaming "the scary mean blacks who made this tragedy happen".

  • Phillybruh


  • the guest

    They will testify he was terrified of scary black and that's way he lashed out against his own.

    Now, I see the real issue at core of President Trump seeking to arm teachers.

    Not to protect students from mass shooters but to prevent mass shootings by killing the "menacing black kids whose bullying cause tragedies to happen to white kids".

    Basically it will be open season in public schools on "ghetto" and unrefined black kids. This will lead to unwritten segregation with use of armed teacher intimidation to threaten "undesired" black kids into all black schools.

  • Phillybruh

    In oreder for them to make that argument they will need concrete proof that blacks tormented him in school. I don't think anyone would be willing to testify to that. And why didn't he just kill his brother who is not white.

  • RespectSelf

    his adoptive parents are dead though....

  • the guest

    They have a much bigger agenda and success goal here.

    They are aiming to make "super predator black kids" a legally defined threat and fault for crime committed by white youth and people.

    This case will lead the way for bullying from black kids to become a legal precedence used to excuse the misbehavior of white kids.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    You are 100% on this as well

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Oh really? You must don't know I worked in the main State of both Probation and Correction. Also isn't life in prison when you know he should get the juice a lesser sentence or are you just arguing to be arguing? You know there are a few Life Sentences available.. Life without a possibility of parole, Life with a possibility of parole, and natural life sentence. In some states Life is max life 25 years ... so if the judge gives him max life running current of all his convictions he will be out of jail in his 40's... The only way he will spend his natural life if they don't run it concurrent and he does each of the max lifes after one expires..

  • the guest

    The argument of black bullying that has been brewing to be made legal for quite some time.

    In this case, his adopted family and psychological experts will testify to the black bullying defense. Then lets not even get into the field day they will have with the imagery and media evidence they will wield for the argument.

    He didn't view his brother as an enemy because his brother didn't bully him. And white people with mixed or black relatives tend to think of their mixed or black relatives as either white or not/something other than black or "not one of the bad blacks".

    He attacked his former school because they did not protect him from bullying by black kids. This is a major issue in public schools. There are public schools all over the country trying to rezone their schools to exclude black students and they are all using the same reason of black bullying.

  • the guest

    Flu is used as a code word and cover up for stigmatized and shamed illnesses.

  • justlooking

    Are you joking about him have representation?

    Do you know any attorneys? Do you know how many attorneys have made hundreds and thousands/MILLIONS of dollars defending drug dealers. Who have sold crack cocaine to expectant mothers. Likely this boy's mothers.

    I'm not here to defend a killer. In no form, what he did was right, but it clear he is mentally retarded. And I don't know anyone that DOES not have a person in their family that i mental problems and would want that person to be defended.

    In my opinion, this case is going to put her in a spotlight on many levels. Casey Anthony in FL and her attorney Jose Baez, who by the way defended the Aaron Hernandez.

    But the point I was making is that Attorney's don't spend 12 years in college for LIKES.

  • Dowoop

    That was definitely not average. I dont know what some of these women out here are taking.

  • justlooking

    Don't answer or respond. That code for don't DO IT.

  • justlooking

    Right and If my memory recalls he didn't kill any blacks. This is ONLY whites and backwards thinking saying this.

  • justlooking

    I'm just seeing this and YOU are 100 percent correct. Cause that's all it means. If attorneys just did good cases. No one would get a fair trail. NO ONE.

  • justlooking

    Are you from Russia? No blacks are involved. Show me the receipts.

  • Dee Moe

    White folks defending white folks.

  • Lady_Elle

    Looks EVIL... :-(

  • Lady_Elle

    MOST Attorneys would want this gig!
    This is FREE publicity for the Attorney and their firm!
    They will update their resume / website... to drum up new business.
    This is a WIN for the attorneys & their firms!
    They will use his $$$ and the NRA and other groups will likely
    toss some $$$ their way!
    Justice is BLIND!!!
    Don't hate the PLAYERS... hate the GAME!

  • understandingoverignorance

    This racist mentally insane neanderthal should just plead guilty and go to jail...You know he isn't going to no trial.

  • Vegas1989

    He is a very disrupt little boy.

  • 12 years?

    Attorneys don’t spend anywhere near 12 years in college?

  • justlooking

    I said all that, and that what you coming back with.

    They SPEND a significant amount of time in studying and climbing to the top.


  • No sympathy here

    You can look at him and tell something is clearly wrong with him. You can look at hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of Tyrones and Tinishas in jail and tell that something is clearly wrong with them. Give him the needle. Fukk him. RIP Trayvon, Philando, Kalief, Sandra, Tamir, Oscar, and the list goes on and on.

  • 12 years?

    I don’t care about that white boy or any crooked lawyer who defends scum. They could spend twenty years in college. I wasn’t interested in anything else you said to be honest. Lawyers don’t spend 12 years in college though.

  • Trace da Ace

    ugh.....not today....not this....not this piece of monday is already moving on....

  • Hmmm~?

    It’s crazy how white people will pull out all of the stops to defend their own, even if said person killed 17 other white people. This is why white people live without fear of consequences, because they know there will always be a team of people to defend them. Why in gods name would a private attorney choose to represent this boy, free of charge no less. I’m not the type to go around yelling white supremacy, but this is a textbook example. I guess if he shot up an animal shelter and killed 17 dogs they wouldn’t be so keen to pardon his behaviors. This is why I don’t associate with white people unless I have to.


    People LOVE defending the devil... He didn't lie tho he is broke and have no money in the bank. He didn't get no money yet..

  • Kayke

    Born sociopaths.

  • Kayke

    Kalief brings tears to my eyes. He sat because he didn't have $900 for bail.

  • Kayke

    If you sold something that means somebody bought it. Nobody should care about your "expectant child" more than the person expecting it. Ive come across and know plenty folks with emotinal and mental issues....they have never killed anyone much less 17 people. Its funny how people with mental illnesses get to rely on that for sympathy....but their mentality was strong enough to plan and pull off something this heinous. An Attorney spend those years becoming protectors of the devil because they too are mentally ill.

  • Kayke

    Then that inheritance should be penance given to those families of the lives he took.

  • Cannelle

    The media and his lawyers are playing the mental illness card so hard, that I am beginning to wonder if he is actually mentally ill or just plain evil. Those type of people exist too.

    People keep saying he "looks crazy", but I just think he is ugly as hell. Its easy to say someone looks crazy when they have a face like that.

  • Kayke

    How they gonna use that when he has a half black brother? If anything it seems he went after yt people because they bullied his half balck brother.

  • justlooking

    Thank God you or I have never come across anyone with a gun that used it and killed .

    I didn't say anything about sympathy and I'm saying from those that I close to that are attorneys and judges.

    Be blessed

  • Kayke

    Yes be blessed especially around those who protect the devil.

  • justlooking

    Do you work for a company are you self employed? Because if you working for a company. You have no clue.

  • IamAllnatural

    With at least 50 rounds. Sad but so true!


    The attorney who is taking the case knows something the general public doesn't. For her to take it pro bono , is pretty telling-especially since its a mass shooting.

  • Kayke

    They may be confident in his mental illness plea and has Drs on payroll willing to help build her case. They also saw that 800,000 inheritance, the publicity, and the potential book and movie deal that would include them regardless of the outcome. A way to "go down in history" regardless if it's on the coattail of tragedy.

  • KB

    This is BS!!!!!!

  • KB

    ^^^^^ TRUTH


    Yup, very plausible the name of the game in the competitive defense law industry is headline catching cases. If you can build a brand by winning them -for example like Johnny Cochran did - you can demand outrageous fees and build a multimillionaire dollar law firm .

  • RespectSelf

    It’s also for his brother...

  • dontgetblocked

    White privilege always comes through!

  • Jethro

    I bet he's a Republican.

  • Shanese

    They mourn school shootings and defend the white kids going around doing them, but they’re sleep at black people being shot at with their hands up for being pulled over, over an expired tag on their car. Nonetheless RIP to those kids and they need to stop the bullshit and throw this psychopath in jail already. There is noooothing they can do or say to influence the public. He took those kids away from their parents forever

  • hi-liter

    Attorney maybe trying to make a name for himself. Trying to see if he can “challenge” himself and his team to get this boy a life sentence instead of the death penalty. Good luck with that.


    stop letting these false flags distract y all!

    there are so many holes in this whole story.. let alone the obvious crisis actors. wake the fugg up!

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Death penalty

  • itsjismemelly

    why are they really tryin to make this boy look like the victim

  • Unhappy American

    I don't understand why he even has a defense ??