Woods attorney takes charge right away


Florida Highway Patrol officers were greeted by Tiger Woods’ new high-profile attorney when they showed up at Woods’ Isleworth mansion on Sunday afternoon, according to an FHP spokeswoman.

While officers were denied for a third straight day the explanation they sought from Woods about his early morning crash on Friday, attorney Mark NeJame didn’t let them leave empty handed.

“Mr. Wood[s’] attorney was present and told investigators that Mr. Wood[s] was unavailable for an interview,” FHP Sgt. Kim Montes wrote in a statement. “Mr. Wood[s] attorney provided the troopers with Mr. Wood[s] driver’s license information, registration and current proof of insurance as required by Florida Law.”

Montes noted that the 'crash investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.”

Montes said Saturday that Woods isn’t required to speak to investigators and is only required to present the documentation NeJame gave them on Sunday. It appears as if Woods will not meet with officers.

“We have been informed by the Florida Highway Patrol that further discussion with them is both voluntary and optional,” Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent at IMG, told the Associated Press in an e-mail. “Although Tiger realizes that there is a great deal of public curiosity, it has been conveyed to FHP that he simply has nothing more to add and wishes to protect the privacy of his family.'

It's unclear if Woods intends to play in the Chevron World Challenge he hosts this week in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

NeJame, whose name didn't emerge in the investigation until Sunday, appears to be more than a criminal defense attorney. He has proven an effective spokesman for clients under intense media scrutiny.

NeJame was described as “media savvy” by Orlando Weekly Magazine when it first ranked him among the 50 most powerful people in Orlando a few years back. When Orlando Magazine put him in its 50 Most Powerful People listing in 2005, it touted him as having a client list “that includes public officials who find themselves in hot water.”

This past year, NeJame represented Jonathan Speegle, who was accused of pushing his girlfriend, Nichole Hammond, to her death over a balcony at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort on New Year’s Eve. All charges were dropped. NeJame once represented Cindy and George Anthony, the parents of Casey Anthony, who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee