PHILADELPHIA (AP) " A Pennsylvania attorney who's defended high-profile clients including Amanda Knox and Robert Durst found himself on the other side of the courtroom, testifying against a man charged with picking a wad of cash from his pocket.

Theodore Simon testified Thursday at the preliminary hearing for 27-year-old Rico Clark, Philly.com (http://bit.ly/28QuDUh ) reported. Clark, of Norristown, was ordered to stand trial on charges he reached into Simon's coat on June 8 and stole the cash while the attorney was at a newsstand.

"I can't recall this ever happening to me, so I was kind of surprised," Simon testified.

Simon, 65, was waiting for clothing alterations so he could pack for a trip to attend Muhammad Ali's funeral in Louisville, Kentucky, when a security guard in his office building showed him that USA Today had printed an edition commemorating Ali. That's when Simon went to the newsstand and bought four copies, he testified.

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Before he could take the newspapers and the change for his $20, Simon testified he felt "pressure" in his jacket pocket and grabbed Clark's hand " which was holding Simon's bankroll, bound with a rubber band.

Simon gave chase, and a couple of bicycle officers helped Simon catch the man.

Clark's attorney got Simon to acknowledge that he wasn't hurt and that he got his money back.

Simon, a former president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said he's found that his new courtroom role is uncomfortable.

"I'm a defense attorney. I can't help feeling bad for this guy," he said.