Originally Posted by Hadding
Since the practice of law is all about framing arguments within social conventions, I do not expect a lawyer to be a man that speaks from the heart. Selling drums of diesel fuel that's stretched with water, however, is something else. (N.b., the neighbor wasn't sure that Steele was the one who had put the water into the drums.)
These drums were bought by Steele for the Y2K insanity which didn't happen. It is perfectly normal for them to have moderate water contamination in a cold and humid climate like Idaho. They were likely that way when Steele bought them.
It pains me to go to bat for a lawyer but he is unlikely to have known that they were contaminated when he sold them. That is why they have water drains in fuel tanks.