Kevin Dillon was from a family of attorneys and judges. He was the first lawyer that
Therese Christopher hired to defend her son. Realizing that this was going to have a heavy workload, he brought in Mark Mahoney. Unfortunately, Joseph was in a high confidence mood at first, and he refused to be guided by, or cooperate with his lawyers. He also refused to plead mental illness, wanted to defend himself, and wanted to waive a jury trial. For some reason, he took against Dillon, but Dillon didn't want to leave a case when he knew so much about it, and dealt with Joseph through Mahoney.