Charles Carreon

The Buddhist Saviour

Charles Carreon continues in the story tradition of larger-than-life characters. A hippy Buddhist Native American, the ponytailed lawyer appeared on the scene just in time to prevent Gary Kremen's case from collapsing.

His appearance infuriated Kremen's existing lawyers, but ultimately Carreon won out when he suggested a more aggressive approach to the case - something that was music to Kremen's ears. Having chased down counterfeiters and other similar fraudsters in Philadelphia, and got a taste for prosecuting cases in Los Angeles, Carreon was determined to make Stephen Cohen's criminal past an integral part of the case where previously the lawyers had shied away from it. It was to prove the turning-point, especially when Cohen collaborated all the slurs on his character by stealing court documents.

Kremen and Carreon also got on extremely well on a personal level and an intense relationship formed which helped push the seemingly unwinnable case forward. Carreon was inspired to pursue Cohen relentlessly, and did so at cut-price when Kremen offered to give him a percentage of because he didn't have enough money to keep the case going.

Having been introduced to one another by Kremen's girlfriend, who was also Carreon's ex-girlfriend at law school, the relationship became more incestuous when Kremen started dating Carreon's daughter, Ana, who he had brought in to help on the case. The two friends also started taking alot of drugs together - something that Kremen claims led to Carreon's making vital mistakes in the case.

When Carreon attempted to bring incense sticks into court and was prevented from doing so, Kremen realised he needed a different lawyer to prosecute the case. A lawyer Kremen had brought in to fight Cohen's trademark claims, Richard Idell, recommended a star prosecutor, James Wagstaffe.

With Wagstaffe and Carreon sat in the same room at depositions, Kremen and Carreon's relationship worsened and eventually splintered, sparking a lawsuit from Carreon who claimed Kremen owed him 15 percent of Kremen counter-sued and eventually the two reached a settlement.

Some bitterness still remains between the two, especially with regard to Idell and Wagstaffe's role in the case, but they are now back on speaking terms. Carreon now specialises in Internet law cases in Oregon.

Charles wrote a book about the case he was deeply tied to, the Chronicles: A White-Hat Lawyer's Journey to the Dark Side of the Internet.