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Herman Cainís powerful attorney: L. Lin Wood
The Washington Post ^ | November 8, 2011 | Rachel Van Dongen

Posted on 11/08/2011 10:06:00 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

When Herman Cain held the long-awaited news conference late Tuesday afternoon to tackle allegations that he sexually harassed four women, a smooth-talking Southern attorney was the first person to step to the microphone.

Cain’s lawyer is L. Lin Wood, a well-known Atlanta-based trial attorney who has carved out a successful career representing the high-profile and falsely accused, often seeking eye-popping damages for those he believes have been libeled or slandered in the press.

Former CBS news anchor Dan Rather once called Wood the “attorney for the damned.”

When asked why he had chosen to represent Cain, Wood cited the media circus.

“I have spent many years representing clients who have seen their reputations and lives destroyed by false accusations in the media,” Wood wrote in an e-mail message to The Post Tuesday evening. “I believe that Herman Cain has been unfairly put on trial in the court of public opinion based on reports from unknown or anonymous sources, rumor, speculation and inherently improbable statements by the most recent accuser.”

With Wood’s hiring, Cain has a powerful ally on his side. A partner with Wood Hernacki & Evans LLC, Wood has a three-decade-long career prosecuting, and defending, celebrity clients, sometimes winning mega-settlements on their behalf. He is a fierce advocate....

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cain; cainlawyer; cainscandals; hermancain; libel; linwood; llinwood; sexualharassment; slander
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1 posted on 11/08/2011 10:06:03 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

With Lin Wood I doubt there will be any polygraph.


2 posted on 11/08/2011 10:08:28 PM PST by Irenic
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s an excellent attorney. Cain couldn’t have sought better help to steady his ship amid the controversy that threatened to push it off to a dangerous political sandbar. You can see Cain picks superbly qualified people.

I’m convinced he would do the same as President.


3 posted on 11/08/2011 10:10:38 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good to see Cain this BS.


4 posted on 11/08/2011 10:12:54 PM PST by Jonty30
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Quoting Dan “Fake, but accurate” Rather?! That’s rich.


5 posted on 11/08/2011 10:14:51 PM PST by This Just In
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lets hope this dies down soon. I am sure the media is digging up dirt on their next victim. NOW, Cain can refer all questions to his atty and we can move on with the election.


6 posted on 11/08/2011 10:16:32 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: goldstategop
"You can see Cain picks superbly qualified people."

You can?


7 posted on 11/08/2011 10:16:32 PM PST by stormer
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To: Buckhead; onyx

Ping!


8 posted on 11/08/2011 10:17:52 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: stormer

Who is that a photo of?


9 posted on 11/08/2011 10:18:39 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: stormer

What were the charges?


10 posted on 11/08/2011 10:19:12 PM PST by This Just In
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

11 posted on 11/08/2011 10:20:01 PM PST by stormer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was very impressed with the lawyer’s opening statement(s).
Actually he was so good, I was worried Cain might look pale in comparison. But my worries vanished with the powerful presser by Cain. Cain exceeded expectations. He looked presidential!


12 posted on 11/08/2011 10:20:21 PM PST by federal__reserve (Dr. Paul Volcker, the best Chairman of federal Reserve in half a century.)
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To: stormer

What was the charge and was he convicted?


13 posted on 11/08/2011 10:21:31 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Saw this on wiki. Lin has represented and won large settlements for some high profile clients. He is the medias worst nightmare...The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that “Wood has 28 years of experience as a trial lawyer focusing on civil litigation, representing individuals and corporations as plaintiffs and defendants in tort and business cases involving claims of significant damage. He also has extensive experience in First Amendment litigation and management of the media in high-profile cases. He was the lead civil attorney for Richard Jewell related to reporting about Jewell in connection with the 1996 bombing of Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta; the attorney for John and Patsy Ramsey and their son in matters relating to the 1996 murder of JonBenét Ramsey in Boulder, Colo.; the attorney for former U. S. Congressman Gary Condit over the May 2001 abduction and murder of Chandra Levy in Washington; co-counsel in the civil action in Colorado against NBA star Kobe Bryant; lead counsel for MedQuest Associates Inc. and J.P. Morgan Partners LLC in a class action in Atlanta dealing with health-care issues; and lead counsel for AirTran in defamation litigation against the Cleveland, Ohio, newspaper The Plain Dealer.” [15]

Dary Matera described Wood’s successes in the Richard Jewell case: “Richard Jewell hired himself some crack libel attorneys, and they’ve been hammering the media ever since. So far, Atlanta lawyers L. Lin Wood and Wayne Grant have torched NBC, CNN, a community college where Jewell once worked, and other media outlets for more than $2 million and counting. And that doesn’t include the undisclosed “six figure” fee they secured for the movie story. The biggest lawsuits - against the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and some other major media outlets - are still pending.” [16]

A 2008 book by Jim Fisher described Wood’s role in the Ramsey case, which led to the couple’s exoneration: “In 1999, after absorbing an enormous amount of abuse from the media, the Ramseys went on the offensive. They hired a more aggressive attorney, L. Lin Wood, and published a book, The Death of Innocence: JonBenét’s Parents Tell Their Story.” [17]

The Los Angeles Times described Wood’s role in the Kobe Bryant case: “The woman allegedly raped by Kobe Bryant has hired renowned attorney L. Lin Wood, a libel specialist who has represented such clients as the family of JonBenet Ramsey, former Rep. Gary Condit and Richard Jewell in lawsuits against the media.” [18]


14 posted on 11/08/2011 10:22:34 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: This Just In

“Block has been accused of voter suppression and was banned from running Wisconsin political campaigns for three years to settle accusations he coordinated a judge’s re-election campaign with a special interest group.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/10/28/cains-cigarette-puffing-aide-has-checkered-past/#ixzz1dBbizXRy


15 posted on 11/08/2011 10:23:33 PM PST by stormer
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To: goldstategop
Yes, he seems to be. Unfortunately, none of this is happening in a court of law, where the various accusations would not stand up. They would not even be admissible. They have not been under oath and his accusers have not been subjected to cross examination. Neither, for that matter, has Mr. Cain.

Things may eventually be resolved favorably to Mr. Cain in a court of law and there may well be appellate proceedings. However, that will be too late to do Mr. Cain -- or the country -- any good vis a vis the 2012 elections.

Unfair? Of course.

Mr. Cain has fumbled his handling of this matter, as he has also done in his handling of the abortion issue.

I like Mr. Cain very much and had hoped that he would be the Republican nominee. Had he consistently engaged his brain before opening his mouth -- not to fashion politically acceptable obfuscations but to tell his side clearly and truthfully -- he would remain a viable candidate, likely to win next year's election. Now, I am afraid that he is toast.

I shall try to keep an open mind and hope for the best. However, at this point I see no reason to expect it.
16 posted on 11/08/2011 10:25:17 PM PST by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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To: stormer

Can’t visit Fox at this moment.

Was he convicted? Allegations are one thing, but a conviction is another.


17 posted on 11/08/2011 10:25:58 PM PST by This Just In
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To: This Just In

He is guilty of kicking the crap out of the union/democrat machine in Wisconsin...and outing them on voter fraud..


18 posted on 11/08/2011 10:29:10 PM PST by Fred (no job no house no gas no food no problem Obama 2012)
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To: katiedidit1

Wonder what Allred is thinking/doing now. I know I’m smiling! And has anyone seen or heard from Joe McGinniss lately?


19 posted on 11/08/2011 10:29:21 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: This Just In

He agreed to pay a $15,000 fine and stay out of politics for three years in lieu of conviction. I believe the mug shot may be from one of his DUIs.


20 posted on 11/08/2011 10:30:03 PM PST by stormer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m switching to Newt. Cain is innocent but he looks like a buffoon trying to defend himself from the “honey trap.” Newt is now the sharpest knife in the drawer. If its between Romney and Newt, I’m going with Newt.


21 posted on 11/08/2011 10:33:37 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: DanMiller

What’s your basis for that assumption? I do not think Cain could have handled the controversy any better than any one else could have today. He demonstrated composure in the face of a personal crisis. That’s the one of qualities we expect a President to have.

I grant he’s not slick. But you’ve been accustomed to professional politicians who know what you want to hear and whom decades of experience has taught them which button to press produces the best results.


22 posted on 11/08/2011 10:34:21 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: stormer

“I believe the mug shot may be from one of his DUIs.”

You “believe”? Pardon me, but your belief isn’t sufficient evidence-especially when stating that someone was arrested for DUI, or any other violation- for that matter.

Furthermore, Mr. L. Lin Wood isn’t on trail or running for public office. He is representing a client.

Grant it, you were responding to a Freeper post, but I am suspicious of your motives. You must pardon me if I have wrongly assumed.


23 posted on 11/08/2011 10:35:48 PM PST by This Just In
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To: All

With Lin Wood in the picture, people should be careful what they post on forums, too. Lin will go after everyone and everything.


24 posted on 11/08/2011 10:36:26 PM PST by Irenic
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To: This Just In

Civil infraction, I think.


25 posted on 11/08/2011 10:37:47 PM PST by the_daug
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To: April Lexington

You have every right to change your mind but cutting a man when he’s not down yet... oh ye of little faith! Why don’t we see how it plays out before we jump to conclusions. I say steady as she goes. I certainly would never want you as my Number One. I’d want someone who can make sure I do the right thing, even if its against my instincts.


26 posted on 11/08/2011 10:38:10 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is it possible to sue someone’s lawyer, like Gloria Allred? She seems to have gone on TV and made slanderous statements against Cain. A mega-lawsuit against her would be great to see.


27 posted on 11/08/2011 10:38:33 PM PST by jporcus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

His incompetent campaign adviser.


28 posted on 11/08/2011 10:39:18 PM PST by jimnm
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To: goldstategop

I agree. I don’t think anybody here can suggest a better strategy to handle the situation than what Cain did.

The Dems are prepared to bring out the babe of the week, until election day, just to keep it going. Cain would undoubtedly deny anything to do with it, but his continual denials would simply become less and less vredible, regardless of what the truth was.


29 posted on 11/08/2011 10:41:15 PM PST by Jonty30
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To: stormer
Cain with his media attack dog at his side said to everyone that it you report an anonymous source second removed from an anonymous source said this and that about Cain, be ready to prove it in a court of law. Cain is on the attack and Wood smells blood in the water.

Nothing wrong in reporting the facts, reporting with facts is not what the press has done with Cain the past ten days. Now its Cain's turn to throw some punches.

Trust me, Gloria will get the first stone. Wonder if her gold digger wants to stand up now and talk about her genital? Because if she does, her will lose them permanently.

30 posted on 11/08/2011 10:41:21 PM PST by Kozy (Calling Al Gore)
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To: jporcus

Cain is a public figure. Winning a libel lawsuit is extremely difficult, as I’m sure his attorney told him. Life is too short to play second fiddle to a media consumed by unproven sexual peccadilloes.


31 posted on 11/08/2011 10:41:51 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: jimnm

He’s leading in the polls and receiving millions of dollars in campaign contributions. If that’s incompetence, give me four of them if I ever run for office...


32 posted on 11/08/2011 10:42:38 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: DanMiller

Anyone STILL questioning Cain’s abortion stance loses credibility with me.


33 posted on 11/08/2011 10:42:39 PM PST by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: goldstategop

Starting to get on the Cain train.Just might give some money and support. Like a fighter.


34 posted on 11/08/2011 10:43:33 PM PST by littlesorrel
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To: stormer

I’m afraid that Block will have to go. His “checkered” past, as the Fox article puts it, doesn’t help Cain in his own battle against the bimbo eruptions now coming out.

Cain has to be squeaky clean to prevail and though it appears he is and will likely survive the current onslaught, Blocks past will no doubt be brought as an example of Cain’s poor judgment. If as has been reported on Hannity tonight Block got wrong the family relationship of Cain’s latest accuser to a (former) Politico reporter, such easily refuted assertions do nothing to bolster Cain’s veracity.


35 posted on 11/08/2011 10:44:44 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe this is what the opposition is wanting; Cain to get bogged down in legal expenses and constantly defending, rather than promoting himself. Cain’s powerful attorney is, no doubt, quite expensive. They took Sarah out of Alaskan politics with that tactic of bringing forth multiple claims she had to pay lawyers to defend.

I should say that it likely won’t work out for the slime this time IMHO. Cain seems committed to forging ahead. None of this surprised me once he started topping many polls. I believe many quarters are scared to death in the knowledge that Cain could go the distance and easily take out Obozo by a landslide in the General. I seriously doubt anyone fears Mittens in this way. I pray nightly Cain rises above the media hype and keeps the train running on schedule.

More eyes are on him and more people know about him now than there were before this smear campaign broke out. It could work to his advantage if he plays it smart, always appears Presidential, and keeps his mouth in control (few to no mis-speaks). Hopefully this high-priced lawyer and a good PR consultant and a tightly controlled campaign organization keeps the Cain Train on its tracks. It’s a tall order and he needs help. I am doing what I can to support him. He topped his Iowa fund goal of $999,999.99. I hope the more the media rambles on about nothing, the more he $$ draws in. We need a patriot in the White House to restore honor to that office.

Frankly, I don’t see how any Lib is proud of Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, or this current dolt. But they somehow are, and deserve to be roundly defeated by a decent and honorable man.

Cain / Newt 2012 :)


36 posted on 11/08/2011 10:44:48 PM PST by ri4dc (Cut your cable, Break Wind for the TSA, Flush Twice in 2012, ROTUS Meet the Hermanator)
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To: Kozy

Between Allred and Wood, its not much of a contest. Its good to see he was profiled in the WashCompost story for tomorrow. Consider it a warning shot across the bows of the opposition.


37 posted on 11/08/2011 10:44:48 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Public figures have rights also. Slander is slander and libel is libel. If slander a public personality, you lose in court.


38 posted on 11/08/2011 10:45:14 PM PST by Kozy (Calling Al Gore)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dary Matera described Wood’s successes in the Richard Jewell case: “Richard Jewell hired himself some crack libel attorneys, and they’ve been hammering the media ever since. So far, Atlanta lawyers L. Lin Wood and Wayne Grant have torched NBC, CNN, a community college where Jewell once worked, and other media outlets for more than $2 million and counting. And that doesn’t include the undisclosed “six figure” fee they secured for the movie story. The biggest lawsuits - against the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and some other major media outlets - are still pending.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._Lin_Wood


39 posted on 11/08/2011 10:46:20 PM PST by kcvl
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To: goldstategop

He may or may not win, but it will give Gloria a head-ache, especially money-wise. Can will have lots of contributors to fund such an effort (and it would not be frivolous, as she has made some outrageous statements).


40 posted on 11/08/2011 10:46:26 PM PST by jporcus
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To: This Just In
You may want to pay a little more attention. The mug shot is of Mark Block, Cain's premier handler. The reason I posted it was because a statement was made earlier referring to Cain's ability to pick “superbly qualified people”, a contention I disagree with. Block himself has admitted to two DUIs, and he implies those took place after he was forced from the political scene due to an agreement he made in order to avoid a criminal charge and he began to drink heavily. However that would have been some time after 2001, and the mug shot is dated 1989. Clearly there was an arrest, and my belief is that he was either mistaken about the dates when he originally provided, or he was arrested for some other crime.
41 posted on 11/08/2011 10:47:03 PM PST by stormer
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To: littlesorrel

I’m going to donate to Cain too, not going to abandon ship like others.


42 posted on 11/08/2011 10:50:12 PM PST by blondee123 (WWIII, happening now in our streets! Wake up People!)
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To: jporcus

If she can be show to acted unethically, absolutely.

She could be disbarred.


43 posted on 11/08/2011 10:50:12 PM PST by Jonty30
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To: Irenic

Maybe not. But I think we can count on the press being a bit more circumspect with this guy watching them.

Frankly, I think this is an excellent move on Cain’s part. The people behind this entire narrative are counting on winning the battle in the soundbites because they know they don’t have real cards to play.

I imagine that in the legal offices of MSM outlets all over the country, phones are busy.

This guy plays hardball. Expensive hardball.


44 posted on 11/08/2011 10:51:04 PM PST by Ronin (If we were serious about using the death penalty as a deterrent, we would bring back public hangings)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He was pretty good at scaring CNN, NBC and the New York Post into quick settlements in the Jewell case,” said Atlanta lawyer Jack Martin, who originally represented Jewell during the criminal investigation. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he employs a scorched-earth policy here.


45 posted on 11/08/2011 10:52:34 PM PST by kcvl
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To: goldstategop

You can some pretty nasty things about public figures, but you cannot tell untruths about them in the public domain.

This is going to get very interesting, especially if all these media organizations are forced to put out an apology and corrections.


46 posted on 11/08/2011 10:53:31 PM PST by Jonty30
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To: stormer

You’re talking about something that happened more than two decades ago. People change and his last DUI was a decade ago. I’m sure Cain knew about it when he hired Block as his campaign manager. People will say that’s ancient history. I tend to subscribe to the “let the sleeping dogs lie” school. The candidate and and his campaign manager seem to work well together and that does fit into Cain’s unconventional approach to politics.


47 posted on 11/08/2011 10:54:16 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Jonty30

When Gloria Allred made the “stimulus package” comment (and I assume that came from her, and not her client), that was pretty low for a lawyer. Can that (or anything else she’s said, that can’t be attributed to her client) be considered unethical, or libelous, and therefore worthy of a big fat lawsuit?


48 posted on 11/08/2011 10:54:26 PM PST by jporcus
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To: stormer

Thanks for the clarification. I missed it by a Block.

Hopefully Cain will fire Block and find a worthy campaign manager.


49 posted on 11/08/2011 10:54:27 PM PST by This Just In
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“If you’re going to go to war—and I do adopt the philosophy that every lawsuit is a war and each step along the way can be described as a battle—then you’ve got to believe in what you’re fighting for and in the person you’re fighting for,” Wood told the Chicago Tribune. “I do that.”


50 posted on 11/08/2011 10:54:34 PM PST by kcvl
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