03/03/2003 at 01:00 AM EST
Greg Mathis trades too much on his personal story as a onetime juvenile offender, but his streetwise humor enlivens the courtroom atmosphere. Cutting to the heart of one case, Mathis observed that a junkie lending money is "an oxymoron in and of itself." He lacks Supreme Court gravitas, but on this level's he's okay.
VERDICT: Do some time with him.